Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Awards exhibition is a showcase of current contemporary practice; ten sculptors have been selected from 80 applications to receive this prestigious award and participate in this group show in London.
The Bursary Awards are designed to benefit sculptors' in the early stages of their careers by providing opportunities and support enabling them to make the transition to a full and successful professional practice. This includes free membership to RBS for two years, opportunities to exhibit, present talks, apply for residencies, participate in training seminars, attend RBS events and access the unique RBS mentoring scheme.
Pablo de Laborde Lascaris examines the static reputation of sculpture referencing primitive artefacts, games and toys that provide an exchange of ideas, a subtle conversation between sculpture and performance. Rebecca Griffiths explores peripheral forms and materials that erase the gap between products and waste material. James Irwin makes conceptual work based around the systems and languages that enable technological communications. William Mackrell undertakes tasks that often appear illogical, absurd or that are destined to sabotage themselves, limited by the restrictions of time and space. Janne Malmros interest in botany, entomology, geometry and pattern informs her practice as she considers nature as a sculptural material. Katie McGown's work operates at the intersection between urban spaces and traditional textile techniques. Nika Neelova explores themes of memory and commemoration by bringing up remainders of history through architectural manifestations. Myles Painter's practice employs the role of a conversation or story, whether imagined, fictional or genuine, between the inhabitant and their space. Saad Qureshi's new work allows the viewer to step outside of time and place to view life from an accustomed perspective. David Turley manipulates found objects and materials to explore the inter-connectivity between seemingly unrelated histories, objects, places and events.
The RBS Bursary Awards are supported by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust