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RBS Bursary Awards 2017/2018 Application

Open - 10.00am, 1 September 2017. Deadline for applications - 5.00pm, 9 October 2017. 

All applicants will be informed whether their application has been successful by Friday 27 October 2017. 

Each year the RBS Bursary Awards are given to a group of early career sculptors working in three dimensions judged to be of outstanding talent. 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.  

Applications are open to sculptors of any age and nationality, with or without formal training. A minimum of four years exhibiting experience is expected and all styles of media are considered including installation, site specific, performance, conceptual and video work.

We showcase winners' talent through a Sculpture Slam talk, 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 valued at £2000 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. 

Please make sure you read the rules before submitting your application. 

This award is supported by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust. 


Entry cost is £20.00

Applications are welcomed from artists of any age and nationality, with or without formal training. All styles of media are considered, including installation, site specific, performance, conceptual and video work. Please note that it is only in exceptional circumstances that applications from individuals still studying at undergraduate level will be successful and a minimum of four years exhibiting experience is expected.    

All applicants will be required to complete an application. This comprises:

An artist statement of no more than 400 words.  

A CV in word or PDF format no more than two pages long. 

A brief statement about what you hope to achieve by winning the award, no more than 100 words long. 

10 images of your work. These must be PC compatible, JPEG format, 72 dpi, longest side no bigger than 1000 pixels, no larger than 500kb, and titled with artist’s name, title of work, year of work, medium, dimensions (h x w x d). Please note that we are unable to contribute to the cost of shipping work within the UK and abroad, we regret that we will be unable to contribute to any other artist expenses - please do consider the cost implications of these commitments when applying for this opportunity. 

An entry fee of £20.00 to be paid on application via Paypal.

By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information within the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other award requirements specified by the RBS (whether on its website or otherwise) and RBS reserves its right to exclude any entry which in its opinion does not comply.

All applications must be made using the online form. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt. Applications must be received by the closing date specified. No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are incomplete, delayed, damaged, wrongly delivered or not received for whatever reason.

By submitting an application the entrant, should they be successful and selected, are agreeing to install work over 19 - 21 September 2018 and attend the exhibition private view on Wednesday 27 September 2018. We will also expect Bursary recipients to attend mentoring meetings, the first will take place on 6 December 2017. 

By submitting an application the entrant, should they be successful and selected, are also agreeing to participate in a group Sculpture Slam Talks evening (date TBC). 

Please note that existing RBS members are not eligible to apply.

Closing date for submission is 5pm Monday 9 October 2017.

All applicants will be informed if their application has been successfull by Friday 27 October 2017.


An entry fee of £20 is required on submission of application. Please use your name as the reference when making your payment.

Payable only by credit or debit card via PayPal or via your PayPal account.



We do not process incomplete applications, and applications will be considered incomplete until payment has been received.