Every year the RBS offers two residencies in Pietrasanta, Italy to members. These three month residencies in stone carving and bronze casting, fully supported by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust, are rare opportunities for professional sculptors to develop their artistic practice and learn technical skills under the expert guidance of world renowned craftsmen. They are eagerly seized and their journey of discovery is celebrated in a joint exhibition in the RBS Galleries the following Autumn.
Each year the RBS Bursary Awards are given to a small group of early career artists working in three dimensions judged to be of outstanding talent. Integral to the society's aim to promote the diverse language of sculpture the Bursary Awards provide a platform for emerging sculptors to realise their full potential in the professional sphere.
First@108 is an award designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. The winning sculptor will be awarded £10,000 towards the cost of producing a large scale sculpture which will be exhibited in a high profile public space.
Sculpture Shock is an award, now in its third and final year, for artists working in three dimensions. Three winners each receive £3,000 and undertake a three month residency in a studio culminating in a surprising spatial intervention in one of three non-traditional spaces.