Art UK Sculpture Project
The Art UK Sculpture Project is transforming the way people access and learn about their sculpture heritage, at the same time as enabling new audiences to share knowledge, exchange opinions and visit objects both in person and online. The project is creating a comprehensive record of the UK's publicly owned sculptures - many of which are hidden away without records, images or online access. The Royal Society of Sculptors is a key partner along with BBC, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, Royal Photographic Society, Factum Foundation, VocalEyes and Culture Street.
Kensington & Chelsea Art Week
Kensington + Chelsea Art Week was founded in 2018 with a public consultation by a group of volunteering arts industry professionals. We are an independent, not-for-profit cultural festival and a placemaking organisation.
ART WEEK and the summer-long temporary ART TRAIL celebrate the rich heritage of the borough by opening doors to local creative spaces along with leading organisations in the area to facilitate further public engagement in the local culture. Over 1 million visitors engage with ART TRAIL weekly. The festival activities are a collective endeavour, delivered every year thanks to our advisory board and participating organisations, from small practices to major cultural institutions.
University of Gloucestershire
We have partnered with the University of Gloucestershire to conduct the Sculptors as Entrepreneurs project. We are investigating how sculptors identify with and accommodate different elements of their work, including being entrepreneurs. The aim is to increase our understanding of the tensions sculptors encounter and the strategies that can successfully be used to resolve them. A series of interventions to support the education and continuing professional development of sculptors will be developed to help them be more successful. The project is typical of the University of Gloucestershire’s work which aims to have impact for society through learning.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is home to the UK's tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor. The Society has teamed up with the park to showcase the winner of our biennial First Plinth Award. The winning work will show on our sculpture terrace during the spring, before moving to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the summer months. As part of this collaboration, we are working with schools in the area, running creative workshops for pupils.
Discover South Kensington
Discover South Kensington brings together the Royal Society of Sculptors and the other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day. www.discoversouthken.com
Frieze Sculpture Park
Frieze Sculpture Park is London's largest display of outdoor artwork, featuring artists from around the world. Situated in Regent's Park, everyone is welcome to explore the sculptures. The Royal Society of Sculptors works with Frieze to enhance engagement with the exhibition. In 2018 the Society hosted special Family Days to bring the exhibition to life for younger visitors.
Grizedale Forest - we are delighted to have partnered with Grizedale to offer our members and early career sculptors the opportunity to partner through an annual six week residency based in the forest.
Milwyn Foundry has teamed up with us to offer a student graduating from the Royal Academy Schools the opportunity to win the Royal Society of Sculptors Bronze Award. The prize is a three to six month residency at the fine art foundry, based in Leatherhead, along with up to £3,000 for materials. The works created will then be exhibited at our historic headquarters in South Kensington, Dora House. Milwyn Foundry are also collaborating on the #10gramchallenge, asking members to produce a piece of sculpture from a 10g piece of supplied wax to be direct cast into bronze.