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RSS Exhibition 2021

Royal Society of Sculptors




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Exhibition Statement

The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Royal Society of Sculptors, (RSS), to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors. The award is designed to provide vital support during the transition from study to professional practice, and offers winners serious recognition for their work, a group exhibition, a year of professional development plus membership of the Society.
This award is generously supported by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust.

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Art & Design at the University of Chester is able to host this prestigious sculptural work on the website of Contemporary Art Space Chester, (CASC), following the group exhibition at Dora House, the gallery and headquarters of the RSS.
The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is a prestigious prize which supports the transition to professional practice and raises industry profile.
Formerly known as the Bursary Award (until 2018), previous winners include Alex Chinneck, Tessa Farmer and William Mackrell.
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.
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.

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