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Spotlight 16

William Benington Gallery in collaboration with the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

William Benington Gallery is London’s only specialist contemporary sculpture gallery, owned and run by George Marsh and Laura Mingozzi-Marsh.

"In 2013, the Gallery put down roots at its first permanent space on Arlington Way, Clerkenwell. In the time since, we have presented a program of contemporary sculpture and design with a particular focus on emerging and mid-career artists from the UK. The majority of our exhibitions are solo presentations by artists who are at a turning point or developmental stage of their practice. We try to capture the moment when an artist is most excited about a new idea, and allow them to take the risks necessary for them to realise it.

As well as our London gallery, William Benington Gallery also curated and organised three editions of SCULPTURAL in West Devon. These were large-scale outdoor exhibitions at the Coombe Trenchard estate, showcasing an eclectic and ambitious mix of contemporary British talent. William Benington Gallery has also contributed to various external projects including Sculpture in the City, a public exhibition of contemporary sculpture within the Square Mile of the City of London; and an ongoing collaboration with menswear fashion house, E.Tautz. This included curating an exhibition of works to compliment their new collection for London Collections, Men's Fashion Week 2015. In 2017 we will be opening a new sculpture park just out of West London."

About Spotlight:

Exhibition Dates: 8 December 2016 - 20 January 2017
William Benington Gallery is very pleased to be working alongside the RBS on this years Spotlight exhibition. "We encourage proposals from RBS members for a solo exhibition at our London gallery space. We will work closely with the selected artist, mentoring them and helping them develop a body of work to present as a curated solo exhibition."

Applications Open: Monday 9 May 2016

Applications Close: Friday 17 June 2016


This award is operated by William Benington Gallery in association with the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

1. All applicants will be required to complete an application in full and satisfy all criteria therein in order to be considered. It is important that you read the specific entry criteria. The application comprises:

  • A completed application form.
  • C.V. in Word or PDF format.
  • Up to five images of recent work. Please note that these must be PC compatible, JPEG format, 72dpi, no larger than 1MB each, the longest side must be no larger than 1000 pixels, and accompanied with the artist’s name, title of work, year of work, medium, and dimensions (H x W x D).

2. Applicants will maintain copyright ownership of your entry. However, as an entrant, you are agreeing to allow William Benington Gallery and the RBS to use your entry to promote:

  • You and your work
  • Spotlight 2016 and William Benington Gallery working with the RBS.

3. Participants may submit applications via the RBS website from the launch date until 5pm, Friday 17 June 2016.

Please note: All applications received outside this period will not be considered.

4. All applicants will be notified whether their submission has been successful at the beginning of July 2016.

5. The winner will be contracted to exhibit the proposed work at the William Benington Gallery for the entire designated period.

6. The artist will be promoted through William Benington Gallery's and the RBS’s websites and newsletters to the public and to their international network of collectors.

7. The name of the winner will be published on Facebook, Twitter, William Benington Gallery's and the RBS’s websites, and elsewhere in award publicity.

8. If you have any reservations about William Benington Gallery’s or the RBS’s usage of your artwork, the responsibility is yours to contact the management of William Benington Gallery asking for specific restrictions that you might need to have on your work being publicly viewed.

Please note: If you are selected to exhibit, it is a condition of the opportunity that you allow William Benington Gallery and the RBS to promote you and your entry as a winner.

9. Director and Curator of William Benington Gallery, George Marsh, will mentor the exhibiting artist with a focus on the practicalities of bringing artists into the commercial art market.

10. All entries submitted must be original and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.

11. William Benington Gallery will be responsible for the insurance of artworks on exhibition and whilst in trust at William Benington Gallery.

12. Title to the finished work remains with the artist and it will be the artist’s responsibility to install, de-install and store it.

13. Title to the finished work remains with the artist and it will be the artist’s responsibility to install, de-install, and store the work.

14. Following the close of applications, William Benington Gallery will prepare and select the applications for review and decide on ONE final artist.

15. William Benington Gallery and the RBS reserve the right to alter this timetable, having regard to the diary availability of its members.

16. The winning artist must attend award events and actively take part in the social media marketing campaign through regular contributions to the blog, twitter, etc. and by supplying content for interviews, videos, and audio pieces.

17. William Benington Gallery requires full logistical information on each art work submitted. Specifically, if for example the work needs special equipment for installation, will be difficult to fit through standard sized door-ways, is particularly heavy, or requires specialist maintenance etc.

Please note: William Benington Gallery will not accept any artwork or proposal that could potentially do destructive damage to the fabric of the building. 

18. In all matters arising in connection with this award, the William Benington Gallery and the RBS’s joint decision shall be final. William Benington Gallery and the RBS reserve the right to cancel this award or alter these rules if it considers that it has good reason to do so.

19. Any videos or sound recordings are to put on sites such as Vimeo or Youtube with the link sent to be watched online.

20. There is no entry fee for this competition.