Competitions The 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award
International Deadline: November 2, 2020 – The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Royal Society of Sculptors to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors.
Selected by the sculptor members of the Society’s Board and guest judge Brian Griffiths, the award provides vital support during what can be a difficult transition from study to professional practice.
Applications are welcomed from early career artists of any age and nationality, with or without formal training, though not in formal education. All styles of media are considered, including installation, site specific, performance, conceptual and video work. A minimum of four years exhibiting experience is expected. Applicants, based in the UK and internationally, must be committed to embracing all aspects of the Award and actively participate in all Award events.
Brian Griffiths has been making sculptures and object installations full of over blown theatricality and pathos. He thinks with things; for him, self and stuff is always mixed up. He has made exhibitions with Bill Murray, invisible entities and wood. His work values a humbleness and charm that often positions material facts with competing fictions. Griffiths has exhibited work at numerous museums including The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands; Tate Britain in London; The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh; CAPC museum in Bordeaux; Mostra D’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Royal Academy of Arts in London and Belém Museum of Modern Art in Brazil. Griffiths is presently a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools in London.
Award winners receive a year’s worth of professional development, including talks from guest speakers such as commercial galleries, art charities, private collections as well as industry experts.
The winners are showcased through a group exhibition at Dora House and benefit from promotion via this web site as well as on our social channels. They also receive free membership of the Society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year. Please note that this award does not include a cash prize.
In addition, sculpture manufacturer Benson Sedgwick Engineering offers an informal residency to selected member/s of the winning cohort who commit to learning new metalworking skills. The residency opportunity includes bench space in their workshop and access to materials as well as staff expertise.
APPLY ONLINE – £8.00 Entry
Notification of all results will be sent by email in early December.
Since 1905, we are an independent artist led organisation that promotes high professional and creative standards among sculptors/artists and is committed to making the full range of contemporary practice accessible to all.
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