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

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award

The award is designed to provide vital support during the transition from study to professional practice, and offers winners serious recognition for their work, a group exhibition, a year of professional development plus membership of the Society. 

We are delighted to announce that this year's guest judge will be Touria El Glaoui, the founding director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Read more about Touria here.

Formerly known as the Bursary Award (until 2018), previous winners include Alex Chinneck, Tessa Farmer and William Mackrell. Take a look at our 2020 winning cohort here.

This award is generously supported by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust

About the prize

The Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors is a prestigious prize which supports the transition to professional practice and raises industry profile.

Award winners receive a year’s worth of professional development, including talks from guest speakers such as commercial galleries, art charities, private collections as well as industry experts.

The winners are showcased through a group exhibition at Dora House and benefit from promotion via this web site as well as on our social channels. They also receive free membership of the Society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year. Please note that this award does not include a cash prize.

In addition, sculpture manufacturer Benson Sedgwick Engineering offers an informal residency to selected member/s of the winning cohort who commit to learning new metalworking skills. The residency opportunity includes bench space in their workshop and access to materials as well as staff expertise.