23 Nov 2016

Public Art RFP 2017 First@108 Public Art Award

Royal British Society of SculptorsLondon, England, United Kingdom

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: January 6, 2017 – FIRST@108 is a unique biennial award designed to offer sculptors an opportunity to extend their practice into competing for public art commissions.

Established in 2008, the Award aims to:
Support the development of sculptors’ professional and creative practice, helping them to gain a track record in the highly competitive field of public art. As many commissioners naturally require the assurance of proven delivery, chances such as this are very rare and special.

Commission innovative new sculpture for the public realm which seeks to entertain, enlighten, engage or challenge audiences. Research has shown that public art helps to give a place an identity, improving our environment by humanizing our predominantly man-made architectural surroundings. It can stop us in our tracks, make us contemplate and even make us smile.

Following the application deadline of 5pm, Friday 6th January 2017, five shortlisted sculptors will:

  • be paid a fee of £500 for the design and submission of a maquette and proposal.
  • participate in the exhibition of short listed work in the RBS Studio Gallery from 8 March 2017 to 5 May 2017 and will be included in the FIRST@108 Award catalogue.

The winning sculptor, announced during the exhibition, will be awarded

  • £10,000 towards production/installation cost of a work to keep or sell.
  • the opportunity for individual mentoring.
  • Installation of the winning work in the RBS forecourt for three months and an accompanying exhibition in the RBS Gallery.
  • Following the two-year award process, the winning work remains the artists to keep or sell.

The award is open to sculptors of any age and nationality working in any style or media who are yet to be recognised as practitioners in public art. This is interpreted to mean that you will not yet have won an open (or closed) competition for a commission to create a work for a public space to the value of £15,000. For those who have received formal training the expectation is that they will have a minimum of three years post education practice.

Following the format of public art commissions, we have given the 2017 Award a theme: ‘The Poetics of Structure’. Open to multiple interpretations and approaches, the theme lends itself to responses from artists interested in the structural and the engineered as a way to convey meaning. Artists may choose to communicate an emotive/poetic expression through sculpture; the association between language and its structural relationship to sculpture; a philosophical notion; or simply the intrinsic beauty and purity of structure or engineered form.

The winning sculpture will be sited in the RBS forecourt for a minimum of 3 months in 2018, alongside an accompanying exhibition of their work in the RBS Salon Gallery. (There is a possibility that the winning work will be exhibited in a second prominent site at a later date).

The RBS forecourt is accessible to the public at all times so a site visit is recommended.

A distinguished panel of professionals from an arts and engineering background will select the initial shortlist and the winner. The jury will include Clare Burnett, President of the RBS, Bill Price, Director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Conrad Shawcross RA, sculptor and Hannele Tilles, curator.

Sculptors who wish to be considered for this award need to submit a completed online application form which includes:

  • 5 images of recent work which you feel relates to the possibilities of this award
  • CV
  • brief statement about your approach to the award
  • what you hope to achieve by winning the award
  • an application fee of £20 paid via Paypal

Deadline for the receipt of applications: 5pm, Friday 6th January 2017.
Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. All applicants will be informed of the result of their application by Tuesday 31st January 2017.

For further information contact Julie Beech on firstat108@rbs.org.uk or the RBS office.

The 2017 FIRST@108 Public Art Award is made possible by the generous support of the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation.

The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is a body of over 600 practicing sculptors operating a as a registered charity. We are a professional organisation representative of all forms of contemporary sculpture committed to making sculpture accessible to all and the pursuit of excellence in the art form

Established in 1904 the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is the oldest organisation dedicated to sculpture and has enjoyed the patronage of the reigning UK monarch since 1911. We are a registered charity (212513).

Our galleries provide both white walled and historic spaces at the tip of the Exhibition Road development area and are perfectly placed to promote sculpture to a wider audience.

Royal British Society of Sculptors
108 Old Brompton Road

Opp Categories: + Open to One Medium and Sculpture Only. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Solo, In-Kind Benefit, Publication, and Stipend.

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