Royal Society of Sculptors

Royal British Society of Sculptors

Independent arts organisation for the promotion of contemporary sculpture. The society has around 600 professional sculptor members and hosts a varied programme of exhibitions, talks and events.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Archive, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Gallery open 11:00 - 5:00pm Monday to Friday (or by appointment)

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of the William Pye in Film exhibition

William Pye in Film

  • 6 March — 4 May 2018 *on now

A new exhibition recording the life and career of the artist since the 1960s. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, Pye is best known for working in water, as well as metal and stone. The show brings together for the first time solo works by Pye alongside films made with Sasha Snow and Ian Helliwell.

Throughout his career Pye has maintained a passion for film, as he explains: “I realised early on in my career as a sculptor that if I was to be successful I would have to sell my work and consequently be prepared to part with it. This prompted me to photograph everything I made before it passed out of my life. As soon as I began introducing moving water I needed no persuasion to add movie to the ongoing record of my development, to give a better understanding of the essence of what I strive for.”

Pye’s first films were shot using Super 8 film. In 1974 he bought a 16mm camera to make Reflections, commissioned by the Arts Council. “Since then, I have gone through many video cameras, ranging from the huge and clunky to the neat and small,” Pye says.

Making movies has been part of the artist’s life for as long as he can remember “and even before that my father was filming me as a baby in my pram with his Standard 8 cine camera.”

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.sculptors.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
View of Rupert Norfolk's Playground scultpure

FIRST@108 PUBLIC ART AWARD: RUPERT NORFOLK

  • 6 March — 4 May 2018 *on now

Playground brings together and reinvents plastic garden toys, overlapping and fusing them into an inextricable tangle. Uniformly painted pale blue to produce a continuous surface, these familiar objects are transformed into a single abstract form. Physical mobility is arrested by this reconfigured structure - the swings can’t pendulum, the seesaw can’t pivot and the ladders and slides can’t be climbed up or slid down - such that the sculpture can only be animated in the spectator’s imagination.

A second new work, National Libraries, on show in the salon gallery, takes the form of a large-scale architectural model representing eight state institutions – icons of sovereignty and knowledge - that have been merged to simultaneously coexist in the same space. The sculpture is derived from digital models downloaded from the Internet: Australia, Belarus, China, France, Greece, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. These 3D models have been reconfigured using a computer and then transposed into laser-cut plywood. The sculpture is sized to preclude grasping the whole object from a single point of view. The spectator is therefore compelled to move around the multifaceted structure in order to physically experience its complex knot of disjunctive architectural styles.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.sculptors.org.uk

Royal Society of Sculptors

International Sculpture Day - The Imaginary Playground

  • 28 April 2018 4-8pm

Coinciding with Rupert Norfolk’s exhibition at the Society, visitors will collaboratively build an imaginary playground out of hundreds of bricks of white LEGO®, some that are literally hot off the press made by 3D printers. The workshop is led by Batch.Works who explore using the latest technology at a micro production scale.

Free drop-in event suitable for big kids! (3+ years due to small parts)

Cash bar available.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free drop in event for 3+ years (due to small parts)

Website

https://rbs.org.uk/exhibitions/international-sculpture-day-the-imaginary-playground

Royal Society of Sculptors
108 Old Brompton Road
London
Greater London
SW7 3RA
England

Website

www.sculptors.org.uk

E-mail

info@sculptors.org.uk

Telephone

020 7373 8615

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