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Sculpture Shock 2014

Sculpture Shock is an award for artists working in three dimensions. Three winners each receive £3,000 and undertake a 3 month residency in a studio in Kensington culminating in a surprising spatial intervention in one of three non-traditional spaces: SUBTERRANEAN, AMBULATORY or HISTORIC. 

This year we count amongst our jury Cornelia Parker, an artist who has tested the limits of the site specific.

The application deadline is 18 October 2013.

Finalists will be announced on 6 December 2013

2014 Residency Pop-up
Subterranean         3 March - 2 June 2014 14 - 19 May 2014
Ambulatory 3 June - 12 September 2014 3 - 8 September 2014
Historic 15 September - 10 December 2014      3 - 8 December 2014

For more information about this programme and Sculpture Shock 2013, please visit


The award is operated by the Royal Society of British Sculptors (“RBS”), 108 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RA, England.

The award is open to any artist working in 3 dimensions in any media who has the relevant permissions to work and remain in the UK for the period of the residency. Employees (and their families) of RBS and anyone connected with the award are not eligible.

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

  • a completed application form
  • a C.V. in word or PDF format
  • 5 images of recent work: These must be PC compatible, JPEG format, 72dpi, no larger than 500kb each and titled with artist’s name, title of work, year of work, medium, dimensions (h x w x d).
  • an entry fee of £19 payable by bank transfer:

Bank: NatWest

Sort Code: 60-40-05

Account number: 41583515

Account Name: Royal British Society of Sculptors

IBAN: GB02 NWBK 6040 0541 5835 15


For more payment information, please see the payment page of the application page.


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

Up to three entries per person are permitted, provided that each application is for a different residency period. 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 plus payment 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.

The proposals submitted must be entirely the entrant’s original idea and creation and they must not infringe someone else’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. The submission must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, insulting, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising or be hazardous in any way.

Entrants grant RBS the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of submitted artworks in any publication in connection with the Sculpture Shock be it online printed or otherwise disseminated.

The jury’s decision is final. If RBS is unable to contact any short listed artist or winners via the email address supplied by the entrant, the short-list position / prize lapses and RBS reserves the right to select alternative winners.

Short listed artists will be contacted directly. The names of the winners and short listed artists will be published on Facebook, Twitter, RBS website and elsewhere in award publicity.

It is in the discretion of RBS whether to accept any works for exhibition created during the residency.

The RBS will be responsible for the insurance of artworks on exhibition and undertakes to arrange and pay for reasonable transportation/insurance costs of the finished work from the studio to the pop-up location. RBKC covers the building insurance for the studio but the artists will need to have their own public liability and contents insurance.

Title to the finished work remains with the artist and it will be the artist’s responsibility to dismantle and store it. In the event that the work sells, RBS is entitled to a commission of [15%] on the achieved sale price of the work. The venues hosting the pop-up exhibitions may choose to retain the work for a longer period subject to separate negotiation with the artist and RBS. During the residency, the artists will be expected to actively take part in the social media marketing campaign through regular contributions to the blog, twitter etc and by supplying content for interviews, video and audio pieces.

The short listed artists and the winners are expected to sign agreements governing the conditions applicable to the short list exhibition and residence respectively and RBS reserves the right to remove the artist from the short list or withdraw the winner’s prize if the relevant agreement is not signed.

In all matters arising in connection with the award, RBS’s decision shall be final.

No cash alternative is available.

The entrant will be liable for any reasonably foreseeable loss or damage suffered by RBS arising from the artist’s breach of this agreement.

RBS reserves the right to cancel this award or alter these rules if it considers that it has good reason to do so.

These rules are governed by English law and any disputes will be decided only by the courts of the United Kingdom.


An entry fee of £19 is required for all applications.

Payable by bank transfer to:

Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-40-05
Account number: 41583515
Account Name: Royal British Society of Sculptors
IBAN: GB02 NWBK 6040 0541 5835 15

By cheque:
payable to Royal British Society of Sculptors

By credit/debit card:
by telephoning RBS on 02073738615 during office hours.

Please note:
We do not consider incomplete applications, and applications will be regarded as incomplete until payment has been received.