Residency Opportunity, Sculpture Symposium 2016

Deadline: Sunday 24 April 2016.

After successfully curating the First West London Art Prize, and organising the First National Sculpture Symposium in England in 2014, we are opening a call to UK based and international artists to participate in an outdoor Sculpture Symposium for 11 days during the summer 2016.

The Symposium is a residency opportunity for artists to make an entirely new sculpture, to work alongside other artists and to discuss their work. The focus of the symposium is to make work inspired by and in response to the 130 acres and 180 years of the Himalayan Gardens at Riverhill House. Artists are welcome to visit the gardens prior to submission, or base their piece on the images and video provided. Artists can work with natural or manmade materials.

Dates of the Symposium: 12th- 24th July 2016
Place: Riverhill, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK.
Who can apply: UK based and International Artists.

How to apply

Please note that applications that don’t meet the criteria will not be considered.

Artists should send applications by email to with ‘Sculpture Symposium Application’ in the subject heading, by 11.59pm GMT on Friday 15th April 2016. Please send:

– CV (no more than 2 pages). Must be PDF or word doc.

– 5 images of previous works made within the last 5 years with Information details. Images as jpegs no larger than 500 kb. Each image should be labelled with initial, surname and numbered 1 to 5. eg. J.Smith1, J.Smith2. J.Smith3… Please also attach a list of works detailing information in the following order: Number of image, Title of the work, material, size and date eg. 1. Art, wood, 20cmx20cmx20cm, 2015

– A written proposal of 1 page –not more than 500 words- describing the concept, construction method and materials for a sculpture that they would like to make during the symposium. Must be PDF or word.doc.

– Up to 3 sketches/ renderings of the work that you are proposing to create and

information details. Images as jpegs no larger than 500 kb. Each image should be labelled with initial, surname and a to c letters. eg. J.Smitha, J.Smithb. J.Smithc…

– Outline the materials needed for the sculpture and an estimated budget

– An administration fee of £15.00 (approx.US$21.00). For method of payment see below.

For international Applications:

Please add to your application a copy of your passport which should be valid for at least sixth months after the date of entering UK for the Symposium. Any doubt don’t hesitate to contact

The Symposium.

The Symposium will consist of an 11 day residency in which 5 selected artists will each make a new piece of work. London Sculpture Workshop will provide an open workshop space with access to basic tools including woodwork, metalwork and welding equipment. Mechanical and manual assistance in moving work can be given on site. The selection of materials can be decided by the artists, but they have to create work that will survive outside for at least 2 years.

During the symposium, we will organise discussions between the artists, members of the public and curators. Evening events will include barbecues, visits to local pubs, a press launch and closing party. At the end of the Symposium, the sculptures will form part of an exhibition at Riverhill for the duration of summer 2016.

In 2017 a publication will be produced and launched at a London Sculpture Conference at which artists will present the work made during the Symposium.

Aims of the Symposium.

To open the Sculpture Symposium workshop to visitors and the local and national community. To invite students to meet artists during the creation of new sculptures. To bring together professional sculptors from different backgrounds to work alongside one another to produce a new piece of art in a limited time, during which they will engage in interaction with a wider public.


ForumArts will fund material costs up to £500 for each artist. ForumArts is in charge of buying the materials. ForumArts will offer up to £50 to each artist for travel expenses to and from the Symposium within England. Receipts need to be produced. ForumArts cannot cover traveling expenses to international artists though it offers recommendation letters that could help to get funding with other entities. International artists will have travel expenses covered from any airport within England to Riverhill.

ForumArts will provide all meals and refreshments during the Symposium. Please note that by the moment accommodation will be camping. However we are fundraising for getting hotel accommodation. For international artists we would provide the necessary kit.

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