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RBS Bursary Awards

Each year RBS Bursaries are awarded to a group of early career artists working in three dimensions, of any age and nationality, who have been judged to be of outstanding potential.  

Integral to the society’s aim to promote the diverse language of contemporary sculpture, the Bursary Awards provide a platform to emerging sculptors to realise their full potential in the professional sphere. Open to Sculptors of any age and nationality, with or without formal training, working in any style or media the awards are designed to provide vital support during what for many is a difficult transition to successful professional practice.

We will be accepting applications for the next Bursary Award from 1 September 2017, deadline is 9 October, 5.00pm. Applicants will be notified either way by 27 October. We look forward to receiving your applications! 

Your presence will be required on several occasions, ie: for installation and take down, at the exhibition opening and artists’ talks. Winners are responsible for all travel costs therefore please consider the cost implications to yourself of these commitments when applying for this opportunity.

The winners of the previous RBS Bursary Awards were;

Alice Al Khatib, Saelia Aparicio, Stuart Calvin, William Darrell, Magali Hebert-Huot, Evy Jokhova, Eva Masterman, Melissa Pierce Murray, Susie Olczak, and Matt Picon.

More details about their practice is on our winners page

We showcase winners' talent through Sculpture Slam talks, a group exhibition and through a dedicated Bursary Awards section on the RBS website. Bursary winners are also invited to take part in a peer to peer mentoring scheme and receive free membership to the society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year. With membership comes access to a community of nearly 700 practising sculptors, the unique RBS fellows mentoring scheme, and opportunities to apply for residencies, awards, exhibitions, as well as to present talks.