RBS Gallery - Royal Society of British Sculptors

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2015 FIRST@108: Public Art Award Finalists’ Exhibition

  • 8 October — 18 December 2015 *on now

For the first time, the RBS is partnering with CW+ (the charity for the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital) to deliver the 2015 FIRST@108 Public Art Award which provides the opportunity for one outstanding sculptor to gain a track record in the highly competitive field of public art.

Following an open call for submissions, five sculptors - Tabatha Andrews, Sadie Brockbank, Stathis Dimitriadis, Mark Doyle and Briony Marshall were selected to develop responses on the fascinating theme of Memory with the ambition of stimulating and engaging elderly people with dementia.
See five Finalists’ responses for the complex environment and architectural backdrop of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, where the winning work will be sited.

Exhibition open: 8 October – 18 December 2015
Wednesday – Friday 12.30 – 5.30pm (or by appointment)
Finalists’ talks: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Talks begin at 7pm

Suitable for

  • Any age



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HOLD by Julia Vance as exhibited in front of the Norwegian Parliment

Napoleon Garden 2015: HOLD by Julia Vance MRBS

  • Until 1 November 2015 *on now
  • From 21 May 2015

To celebrate the work of female sculptors for the fourth year of the collaboration between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, we are delighted to present HOLD, a work by Norwegian contemporary artist Julia Vance, to be unveiled in Napoleon Garden, Holland Park on Wednesday 20 May 2015.

Carved in white Italian Carrara marble, at first glance the smooth precisely defined planes and hollowed interior of HOLD seem like a caress of benevolent arms. Yet on further observation details start to take shape and the letters of the word ‘HOLD’ reveal themselves. Transformed from the two-dimensional into the solid blocks and forms of sculpture, Vance gives a single word a physical tactile and expressive body; an embodiment of the contextual meaning expressed in physical form. You can read HOLD with your body, you can touch the word, or you can even crawl inside it and the word can hold you. Both classical in form and conceptual in expression, Vance’s work effortlessly highlights the complexity and depth of a single word by means of a form of sculptural poetry.

Having begun her career as a calligrapher, words are at the heart of Vance’s oeuvre. Often reflecting on issues of identity and a sense of belonging Vance’s sculptures offer a moment of pause from the constant bombardment of information we are presented with daily. Speaking of her work Vance comments, “We use language to express, understand, and shape a thought. I want to clarify that unexpected thought, or to grasp the multiple delicate nuances of what a single word holds.”

Julia Vance (born 1968) is a Norwegian sculptor. Having started working in stone in 1992, Vance has received numerous large scale commissions and been the recipient of several grants, including the Norwegian State’s 3-Year Artist Grant in 2005. She has twice had sculptures exhibited in front of the Norwegian Parliament and was recently invited to join Norway Central Bank’s Coin Design Advisory Committee. Vance was also recently featured as the main focus of the documentary, The Bridge to Tuscany which focused on Norwegian artists who have travelled to Italy over the past 100 years to make their sculptures, and which was broadcast on national Norwegian television.

Vance has exhibited in England, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Belgium, Italy, Holland and the United Arab Emirates. Her most recent solo exhibition in Norway took place in Bærum Kunstforening in 2014, showing over 30 sculptures in Italian marble, along with work in granite, alabaster, glass and bronze. Her work is represented in private collections throughout Europe and the US. The artist shares her time between Oslo and Johansen Monumenthuggeri in Norway and the internationally renowned marble carving studio Studio Sem in Pietrasanta, Italy; she can be reached at www.juliavance.no.

This exhibition is kindly supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Royal Norwegian Embassy London, and the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Napoleon Garden, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU from 21 May to 2 November 2015
Open daily from 7.30 am until 30 minutes before dusk

Suitable for

  • Any age


Napoleon Garden
Holland Park
W8 6LU



RBS Gallery - Royal Society of British Sculptors
Royal Society of British Sculptors
108 Brompton Road
Greater London






020 7244 7788

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