The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors (previously the Bursary Awards) is given annually by the Society to a small group of outstandingly talented sculptors.

Selected by the sculptor members of the Society’s Board, 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.

In addition, winners receive free membership of the Society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year.


Joanna Stella-Sawicka 

Artistic Director at Frieze Art Fair & Council Member ICA London

After ten years working in commercial galleries Jo joined Frieze to support the launch of Frieze New York and Frieze Masters in 2012. At Frieze Jo oversees the creative programme of the fair which includes an open call artist award, talks and projects programme and external partnerships; which this year, saw the launch of the Camden Arts Centre Prize for Emerging Art at Frieze alongside acquisition funds to benefit national collections, TATE and The Box (Plymouth). She is a board member of the ICA, London and sits on the Round Table Commissioning Circle for the Crossrail Arts Programme – the largest public art scheme to be launched in the country.


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 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 6 November 2018.

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


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