The Royal Society of Sculptors – Gilbert Bayes Award

14 September 2023

Deadline: November 7, 2023

The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Society. Selected by the sculptor members of the Society’s Board and a guest judge, the award provides support during what can be a difficult transition from study to professional practice.

The award is open to sculptors of any age or nationality, with or without formal training and working in any style of media.

About the Award:

Award winners receive:

  • a year’s worth of professional development (including talks from guest speakers working in commercial galleries, art charities and private collections)
  • free membership of the Royal Society of Sculptors for a year
  • inclusion in a group exhibition.

As an award recipient there will also be chance to apply for member only opportunities and a residency based at Benson Sedgwick Engineering Ltd., a metal fabricator in Dagenham, East London.


How to apply:

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.

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.

All applicants will be required to complete an application. Please provide:

  • Up to 10 images of 5 works.
  • An artist statement of no more than 400 words.
  • A CV no more than two pages long.
  • A brief statement about what you hope to achieve by winning the award, no more than 200 words long.

Entry fee is £8


Important dates:

Deadline for applications – 5pm, Tuesday 7th November

Notification of results – WC 27th November

Welcome, induction – January 2024


Find out more here.


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