The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is given annually by the Society 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.

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


Award winners receive a year’s worth of professional development (including talks from guest speakers working in commercial galleries, art charities and private collections), as well as inclusion in a group exhibition.


Brian Griffiths

Brian Griffiths is an artist that lives and works in London and Colchester.

Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in the late 1990’s 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.


Entry fee is £25.00


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.

Please note that the Society is unable to contribute financially towards artist expenses, travel costs or any costs associated with the group show exhibition.

All applicants will be required to complete an application.

This comprises:

  • Up to 10 images of 5 works. An artist statement of no more than 400 words.
  • A CV in PDF format of 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.

The closing deadline for online submission is 5pm Monday 04 November 2019.

Notification of all results will be sent by email in early December.


Deadline for applications – 5pm, 04 November 2019

Notifications of results – WC 02 December 2019

Welcome, induction and Christmas party – 18 December 2019


5pm, 4 November 2019Deadline for applications
W/C 2 December 2019Notification of results
18 December 2019Welcome, induction and Christmas party

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