Membership Applications Summer 2024

Deadline: 20/08/2024

Royal Society of Sculptors

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The Royal Society of Sculptors champions sculpture and the artists who create it. As a member, you will join our professional network of sculptors from around the world. We support and connect our members at all stages of their career.

Prospective Members should demonstrate evidence of making sculpture in any of its forms as a significant part of a coherent professional practice.

They will be selected for membership based on the quality of the application and provide evidence of:

1. Distinctive and high-quality work which adds to the language of sculpture

2.  A critically engaged practice with contemporary understanding

3.  Accomplished use of materials, techniques and processes

Please note those still in full-time education are not eligible for membership. If in doubt, contact us before applying.

Become a Member

The Royal Society of Sculptors champions sculpture and the artists who create it. As a member, you will join our professional network of sculptors from around the world. We support and connect our members at all stages of their career.

Hear directly from members about their experience in the Society  on the Society's Vimeo Channel

Join our Creative Community

Our membership gives you access to expert knowledge, advice and opportunities, expands your network and keeps you up to date. It also gives you recognition: Members and Fellows can use professional accreditation after their name, MRSS and FRSS accordingly.

The sculptor members of our Board review all applications and select new members by majority vote. There are two rounds of applications each year, in winter (typically opening in January) and summer (typically opening in July).

If you have any questions, please contact us.

How to apply?

We are open for applications twice a year. Applicants are required to submit an online application form which comprises a short CV and artist statement, as well as up to ten images.

The fee for entry is £43.00 and is non-refundable.

Regrettably, we are unable to provide individual feedback on membership applications.

Who is eligible to apply?

Established, national or international, professional artists who make sculpture in any of its forms as a significant part of a coherent professional practice, whose work adds to the language of sculpture and who can demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience, and contemporary understanding. 

Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience and contemporary understanding. Applicant's work should be high quality, distinctive and adds to the language of sculpture; whilst also demonstrating the skilled realisation of ideas.

The selection panel is keen to see evidence of enquiry and reflection. Regrettably, we are unable to provide individual feedback on membership applications.

Benefits of Membership

Our membership gives you access to expert knowledge, advice and opportunities, expands your network and keeps you up to date.

  • Be part of an internationally recognised organisation with professional accreditation (Member MRSS and Fellow FRSS) and members who generously share their experience, skills and knowledge.

  • Access member-only opportunities, including a growing number of residencies, awards, commissions and continuing professional development workshops

  • Discover the latest opportunities, both member-only and from across the sector, in our weekly members’ e-news

  • Promote your work online in our searchable directory of members’ portfolios; see Our Sculptors Portfolios, including a beautiful image gallery, links to your website and contact details

  • Publicise your exhibitions and events online in Our Sculptors On View 

  • Access our online members’ area to connect with fellow sculptors both virtually and in person via the Regional Connect Groups, which meet for studio tours and talks

  • Participate in regular regional Zoom calls hosted by your local Trustee representative

  • Receive invitations to our private views, exhibitions, seminars and talks

  • Feature in the Society’s archive

  • Develop your practice with regular peer-to-peer support as part of the Connect groups led by Trustees and open to all member

Are there different levels of membership?

Yes, in addition to the main Membership category, it is possible for Members to be nominated as a Fellow.  Fellowships are awarded by the Board in recognition of outstanding reputation, experience and talent.

Membership fees

The yearly fees for 2024 are:

  • Members (MRSS): £222
  • Fellows (FRSS): £268


Questions?

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us before applying.

Submission fees

The following submission fees apply to this opportunity.

  • Membership Application Fee - Please note this is a non-refundable fee - 43.00 GBP

The appropriate fee will be payable using a debit or credit card after the first submission has been completed. If the submission fee allows you to submit more than once, you will be able to make further submissions after the first. Contact the curator if you have any questions about the opportunity or the submission fee, or email help@curatorspace.com if you have any questions about the payment process.

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When is the deadline to apply?
Tuesday 20 August at 5 pm UK time - we recommend you apply early as no extension to the deadline is possible. If you have questions or doubts, contact us through the Contact Curator tab.
How much does it cost?
The non-refundable fee to apply for membership is £43.

If successful you will be asked to pay the membership fees of £222 (pro-rata)
When will I find out whether my application was successful?
All applicants will be informed during the week commencing 30 September.
Who is eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Society of Sculptors?
Established, national or international, professional artists who make sculpture in any of its forms as a significant part of a coherent professional practice, whose work adds to the language of sculpture and who can demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience, and contemporary understanding.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a high level of expertise, experience and contemporary understanding. Applicant's work should be high quality, distinctive and adds to the language of sculpture; whilst also demonstrating the skilled realisation of ideas. The selection panel is keen to see evidence of enquiry and reflection.

Regrettably, we are unable to provide individual feedback on membership applications.
Can I apply if I am still at University?
No, those still in full-time education are not eligible for membership. If in doubt contact us before applying.
How much are the membership fees?
The yearly fees for 2024 are:

Members (MRSS): £222
Fellows (FRSS): £268
I cannot upload my images or CV, what should I do?
Contact CuratorSpace via help@curatorspace.com
Who can help if I am having problems submitting my application?
If you've taken a look through the CuratorSpace FAQs and tutorials, and you still have questions that need answering, you can email CuratorSpace at help@curatorspace.com and they will get back to you as soon possible.
How many works can I submit?
You can submit up to 12 works in support of your application for membership. We recommend you use the full allowance to showcase the depth and breadth of your practice. You can also include links to videos of your work (please note these have to be videos published on a public platform such as Vimeo, YouTube etc.)
How do you decide on applications?
Applications are reviewed and assessed by the sculptor Trustees of the Society's Board.

Prospective Members should demonstrate evidence of making sculpture in any of its forms as a significant part of a coherent professional practice. They will be selected for membership based on the quality of the application and provide evidence of:

1. Distinctive and high quality work which adds to the language of sculpture

2. A critically engaged practice with contemporary understanding

3. Accomplished use of materials, techniques and processes
Who assesses applications for membership of the Royal Society of Sculptors?
Applications are reviewed and assessed by the sculptor Trustees of the Society's Board. They are currently:

Laura Ford PRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/laura-ford
Almuth Tebbenhoff VPRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/almuth-tebbenhoff
Barbara Beyer MRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/barbara-beyer
Nick Hornby FRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/nick-hornby
Andrea Geile FRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/andrea-geile
Eugene Macki MRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/eugene-macki
Rebecca Newnham FRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/rebecca-newnham
Andrew Stonyer FRSS https://sculptors.org.uk/artists/andrew-stonyer

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