FIRST@108 Public Art Award 2011

Deadline: 5 November 2010
Open to: Sculptors of any age and nationality yet to be recognised as practitioners in public art
Award: £10,000

Committed to the pursuit of excellence in the art form, the Society aims  to inspire, inform and engage people of all ages and backgrounds with sculpture, to support the development of sculptors’ professional and creative practice and to promote good practice.  FIRST@108 is an award designed to offer Sculptors an opportunity to  extend their practice into competing for public art commissions. We are delighted to open the 2011 award which is made possible by the generous support of philanthropists.

The jury will short list five sculptors whose applications meet the criteria, reflect the brief and indicate quality and potential through the work presented. Short listed sculptors will be invited to produce a full proposal, including drawings, maquette and supporting documents (e.g. an outline budget) for a fee of £500. .

Deadline for the receipt of maquettes and proposals is 15 February 2011.

The short listed maquettes and proposals will be exhibited in the RBS Studio Gallery from 2 February $ 23 March 2011. During the course of the exhibition, the jury will meet to review the proposals and interview the short listed sculptors before selecting the winner.

The winner will be publicly announced at a special event later that day in the Studio Gallery.  Feedback will be given to the unsuccessful short listed artists.


Sculptors of any age and nationality working in any style or media who have yet to be recognised as practitioners in public art, meaning that Sculptors can not have on an open (or closed) competition for a commission to create a work for a public space above the value of £15,000.  For those who have received formal training the expectation is that they will have a minimum of three years post education practice.


Applicants must submit:
•  a completed application form,
•  5 digital images of their work (clearly titled and in Jpeg format),
•  CV
•  brief statements about their approach to the award.

Completed form and supporting information must be mailed to:
FIRST@108, Royal British Society of Sculptors,
108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RA


Five short listed sculptors will:
•  be paid a fee of £500 for the design and submission of a maquette.
•  participate in the exhibition of short listed work in the RBS Studio Gallery  in February $ March 2011.
•  be included in the FIRST@108 Award catalogue.

The winning sculptor, announced during the exhibition, will be awarded:
•  £10,000 towards production cost of a work to keep or sell  (reasonable  transport and installation costs are covered by the scheme)
•  the opportunity for individual mentoring and to participate in the RBS professional development programme.
•  a solo exhibition of the winning work in the Sculpture Forecourt for four  months from October 2011 $ January 2012.
•  a short accompanying exhibition in the RBS Salon Gallery October 2011.
•  A second exhibition of the winning work at Canary Wharf Spring/Summer  2012.


Lisa Howard, Education Manager
T: 020 7373 8615

The deadline to submit aplications is 5th November 2010.

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