Sculpture Shock is an award for artists working in three dimensions.

Three winners each received £3,000 and undertook a 3 month residency in a London studio culminating in a surprising spatial intervention in one of three non-traditional spaces.

Each artist’s work was installed in the location for which they were selected (either subterranean, ambulatory or historic), where it remained for a minimum 4-day pop-up exhibition.

Reasonable travel expenses of the short listed artists to the interview were reimbursed on presentation of receipts up to a maximum of £50.  The panel’s feedback was given, if requested, to the unsuccessful short listed artists.  The winners were required to sign a contract outlining expectations for the duration of the residency. The winning 3 artists had to be prepared to work out of the studio on the dates relevant to their category.

Each of the 9 finalists was informed of the exact location of the pop-up exhibition space for their application. The finalists were invited to and expected to attend an interview with the panel at the RBS London offices in January. They presented to the jury their initial thoughts on the work/approach they may create for/take to the specified space. The winners were publicly announced at a special event later on that day. The finalists’ applications were required to meet the criteria and show evidence innovative and creatively excellent responses to one of the 3 categories of temporary exhibition space.

Artists received mentoring, guidance and the opportunity to draw on the experience and resources of the RBS during their residency.

The award was promoted through a vigorous social and new media campaign and reached out to both traditional and non-traditional art audiences. The artists contributed to this through blogs, interviews, studio visits and/or workshops.  A limited edition print was produced for each artist’s residency/exhibition in collaboration with the artist.