Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) Bursary Awards are designed to benefit sculptors in the early stages of their careers, providing opportunities and support to make the transition to a successful professional practice.

The ten recipients of this year’s awards will be showcasing works in the ‘Bursary Awards 2012’ exhibition at RBS Gallery, London, 15 November – 14 December 2012. The award includes membership to RBS for two years and access a unique RBS mentoring scheme, as well as opportunities to present talks, apply for residencies and participate in training seminars.

Award recipient David Turley has recently moved to the UK from Australia where he has exhibited widely over the past ten years: “Having moved to London it’s important for me to connect with an established community of artists and join an ongoing dialogue. This award will provide me with a useful mentoring and support network here in the UK and I’m excited by the opportunity to exhibit in London alongside a group of artists with diverse approaches to contemporary sculpture.”

Recent Royal College of Art MA Sculpture graduate Rebecca Griffiths creates works that questions the relationship between mass produced products and the waste materials of our everyday lives. Griffiths said: “Having been out of postgraduate education for over a year, the RBS Bursary Award will provide support when it is most needed. The contact with more experienced artists has the affect of locating oneself on a map, albeit a contstantly shifting one!”

The full list of 2012 recipients and exhibitors includes Pablo de Laborde Lascaris, James Irwin, William Mackrell, Janne Malmros, Katie McGown, Nika Neelova, Myles Painter and Saad Qureshi.

Bursary Awards 2012, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London, 15 November – 14 December 2012

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