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 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.