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 a guest judge, 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), free membership of the Royal Society of Sculptors for a year as well as 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.


Harry Yeff

Artist, founder and technologist

Harry Yeff (Reeps100) is a London Born artist, founder and technologist, utilizing an almost inhuman vocal range to drive his performative digital and physical artworks. Yeff’s expertise in vocal musicianship and creative direction has generated an online global following, rendering over 100 million views and recognition as a pioneer of experimental vocalism. In 2018 Yeff completed his third artist residency and guest lecturer role at Harvard University and is currently part of the Experiments in Art and Technology program at Bell Labs. Yeff produces work as a response to an ongoing investigation into the evolution of the human voice, art, and science. He has exhibited internationally, from the Museum of Art and Design in New York to the Tate Britain in London, as well as Milan, London and Tokyo Design weeks, SXSW, Miami Art Basel, and Sundance film festival. Yeff has become a guiding lateral thinker in the world of voice and technology with articles and mentions in Wired, The Guardian, The Economist and more.


Entry fee is £8


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 Tuesday 01 November 2022.

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


5pm, 01 November 2022Deadline for applications
WC 28 November 2022Notification of results
WC 12 December 2022Welcome, induction

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