Spotlight is an exciting annual collaboration between the Royal Society of Sculptors and the William Benington Gallery (WBG) which awards a Society member with a solo exhibition at WBG’s Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer; a contemporary commercial sculpture park in Buckinghamshire, a short distance from London.


Applications are open

About the prize

A new area of woodland has been opened out to create an environment for an artist to install a single large work or a series of works creating a solo installation. We invite Society members and fellows to propose new or recent work that is suitable for display outside from June until October 2019.

The Spotlight exhibition will be included on the route taken by all visitors to the gardens, but it is also separate and distinct from the rest of the sculpture trail, and as such we encourage you to engage with the idea of it as a solo exhibition en plain air. The successful applicant will work closely with WBG director George Marsh.

The brief

There is no set theme, nor is there a restriction on size, style or material. However we do expect artists to consider and be mindful to the environment in which they are placing work and perhaps to give some thought to how they might respond or react to it.

Work should be available for installation June 2019.

How to apply

To complete this application, please provide the following by email to Lorraine Pajak at

  • Up to 5 images of work relating to this opportunity
  • A CV of no more than two pages long
  • A description of your present practice (200 words) 
  • A statement on how winning this opportunity will move your practice on (200 words) 

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 26 April 2019. Unfortunately due to the number of applications we receive feedback will not be given at this stage. Notification of all results will be sent by email week commencing 29 April 2019. 

There is no charge to apply for this opportunity.

Rules and guidelines

By submitting an application, the entrant promises that all of the information comprised in the application is correct. The entrant also promises to comply with these rules and any other award requirements specified by the Society (whether on its website or otherwise) and the Society reserves its right to exclude any entry which in its opinion does not comply.

All applications must be made by emailing the opportunity entry requirements to Lorraine Pajak at No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 26 April 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The proposals submitted must be entirely the entrant’s original idea and creation and they must not infringe someone else’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. The submission must be lawful, it must not be offensive, obscene, racist, discriminating or otherwise objectionable and it must not contain any form of advertising.

Proposals must also not be hazardous in any way, and a thorough risk assessment must be supplied by the artist if the initial proposal is shortlisted.

Entrants grant the Society and WBG the unrestricted right (without royalty) to reproduce images of submitted artworks in any publication in connection with Spotlight be it online, printed or otherwise disseminated.

The selection decision is final. If we are unable to contact any winners via the email address supplied by the entrant, we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.


This opportunity is open to Royal Society of Sculptors members and fellows only. Your 2019 annual membership fee must be paid in full by the submission deadline or an existing quarterly direct debit be in place.

The winner will need to be present along with the selected work for install June 2019.

This award is generously supported by the William Benington Gallery.