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

Selected by the sculptor members of the Society’s Board, 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), as well as inclusion in a group exhibition.

In addition, winners receive free membership of the Society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year.

Applications for the Gilbert Bayes Award for early career sculptors 2019 are now closed.

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The current winners of the Gilbert Bayes Award 2019 are: Nancy Allen, Sam Baker, William Braithwaite, Fiona Campbell, Amale Freiha Khlat, Rosie McGinn, Miriam Naeh, Karolin Schwab, Jack West, and Hanqing & Mona

The 2018 Bursary Award winners exhibition will be held from 10 December 2018 to February 2019.

Read more about their individual practice on our Winners page .

About the prize

The Royal Society of Sculptors Gilbert Bayes Award (previously the Bursary Award) is a prestigious prize and winners are showcased through a group exhibition, as well as via Sculpture Slam talks and through promotion on this website.

A peer to peer mentoring scheme (valued at £2,000) is also offered to winners, which includes talks from prestigious guest speakers such as commercial galleries, art charities, private collections and industry experts.

In addition, winners receive free membership  to the Society for a year with the opportunity to take half price membership the following year.

This award is generously supported by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust