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2017 Award

The Ruth Tait Award for Young Sculptors

As owners of West Lavington Manor, Ruth and Andrew Doman generously hosted our 2014 sculpture exhibition. That offer was extended to a second exhibition there in 2016. Sadly Ruth died in late 2015 before she could enjoy the very successful 2016 ‘Celebrating Art in the Garden’ exhibition. The Friends are pleased to be able to use some of the proceeds from this exhibition to offer an award in memory of Ruth to help support a young sculptor. This reflects her interest in helping young people and supporting the arts.

The award guarantees the winner a place at our 2018 'Celebrating Art in the Garden' exhibition together with the sum of £2,000 as a contribution to the making of the proposed sculpture.

What is the objective of the award?

This award is designed to provide a challenging real life design, commissioning and exhibition experience to a relatively inexperienced sculptor. Applicants are required to demonstrate an understanding of how to design in a form and at a scale that responds sensitively to a given site. They must also demonstrate that they have a realistic assessment of the time and material costs involved in turning concept sketches into a high quality finished sculpture.

Who can apply?

Applicants must either be expecting to graduate in 2017 or have already graduated with a recognised arts degree, excluding furniture making; be aged 29 or under and either live or have a studio/workshop or be in the final year of a degree course at a College in any of the following areas: Wiltshire and Swindon, Hampshire, Bristol, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset, West Sussex, Bournemouth, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Devon or Cornwall.

How do we define sculpture?

Applicants must be making sculpture that can be permanently placed outdoors all year. Submissions proposing work made in materials that have a short life for example, using willow or textiles will not be accepted.

How will selection take place?

In the first instance applicants must complete an application form in full and as specified. This applies particularly to any supporting photographs and sketches. Applicants who comply with these basic requirements will then be assessed on how their proposed design relates to its setting and introduces an interesting dynamic to the space. Particular attention will be paid to the suitability of the proposed scale of the piece.

On the basis of these criteria the judges will select a shortlist of three. Each of these applicants will be visited by the Friends exhibition curator so that she can more fully brief the judges at the next stage.

Shortlisted applicants will also be given an initial grant of £250 in late October to make a maquette of their proposed work and will be asked to give a presentation about their proposals to the panel at a meeting scheduled for 12 December 2017. This will take place at Pound Arts in Corsham.

The panel will select the winner on the basis of these presentations. The judges’ decision is final and is not subject to appeal.

Who is on the selection panel?

There will be four panel members. Trish Rowell is chair of the Friends of the Garden and a practising garden designer, Fiona Cassidy is the Visual Arts Coordinator at Pound Arts, Johannes Von Stumm is an internationally recognised sculptor, Fellow and Former President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Eleanor Jones of Urchfont Manor where the 2018 exhibition takes place. Lesley Andrews curator of the Friends exhibition will provide secretarial support to the panel and also be your main point of contact.

The Group Show

The shortlisted artists will also take part in a group show. Pound Arts exhibition curator will provide shortlisted artists with a specification of her requirements and each artist will be able to work collaboratively with her on installation day. This show is designed to provide an opportunity to display shortlisted artists presentation material together with an agreed number of pieces of their current work. These works can be exhibited for sale and if sold Pound Arts will take a commission of 40%.

The Ruth Tait Award recipient will be announced at the show launch on 5 January 2018 and the exhibition continues, at the Pound, until 24 February 2018.

The Friends Sculpture Exhibition

The Friends 2018 exhibition takes place in a garden in Wiltshire late June/early July 2018. Installation will take place in the two week period leading up to the exhibition and the winning sculpture must be ready for delivery by then. The winning sculpture will feature in the designated space and will be for sale for £3,000. If sold the Friends will waive their commission. He/she may also be invited to submit additional work for this exhibition and if these sold the Friends would levy their standard 20% commission.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this award and meet the criteria set out above please go to our Contact page and request an application form. You will be sent the details above, a sketch plan and photographs of the site for installation of the winning sculpture and an application form for you to complete.

Please note that applications close on 15th September 2017.