Open to sculp­tors based in the South, South East and South West Eng­land, with­in 1 – 5 years of pro­fes­sion­al practice

Chapel Arts Studios (CAS), together with *Friends in the Garden and Roche
Court Educational Trust are pleased to announce the first year of our
Emerging Sculptors Development Award, open to sculptors based in the
South, South East and South West England, within 1 - 5 years of professional
practice who can demonstrate a commitment to outdoor work.

The course will be residential, allowing 8 talented, emerging artists to come
together for an intensive four days of creative professional development with
industry professionals. Covering all aspects of running, growing and
sustaining a successful practice, there will be ample opportunity for artists to
share work and experiences, build relationships together, and forge valuable
connections for future collaborations.

There will also be an opportunity for participants to exhibit together at Sir
Harold Hillier Gardens in February 2024 as a result of the course. Famous for
its magnificent 180-acre gardens, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens welcomes 230k
visitors each year, and regularly exhibits ambitious collections of outdoor

*‘The Friends of the Garden was a voluntary organisation which ran 7 exhibitions in gardens in Wiltshire.

This course is funded by part of the legacy from the 2020 exhibition.’

Course details
DATES: Tues 19 - Fri 22 September 2023
You must be available to attend all of these dates. Self catering
accommodation will be provided free to artists as part of the award. Artists
will be expected to cover their own travel and subsistence costs during the
course. The finalised programme will be shared closer to the start date but
will include sessions on;

● Sharing your practice with confidence, passion and integrity
● Cultivating a healthy practice - Setting goals, time management,
sustaining and strengthening practice, building resilience, nurturing
● Establishing relationships with galleries and collectors
● PR and marketing - showcasing your practice in the best light
● Curation & context - based at the New Art Centre, Roche Court
sculpture park
● Photographing your work professionally - also based at the New Art
Centre, Roche Court sculpture park
● Practical business support - keeping accounts, scaling up your practice,
planning for the future

We are looking for 8 highly talented and motivated artists, with or without
formal training, who have been operating for between 1 and 5 years of
professional practice, based in the South, South East or South West England.
This award is supporting the future development of outdoor sculpture, so
applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to outdoor work in their

Course leadership
We are still recruiting our industry professionals to lead the course sessions
but already in place are;
● Simon Hucker, Senior Specialist in Modern and Contemporary Art, Lyon
and Turnbull
● Artist Mentor - Ceri Hand
● Professional sculptor - Rebecca Newnham FRSS
● Professional Photographer – David Bird

How to apply - Deadline to apply, midnight 21 June 2023

Round 1 - Application. Please supply one PDF containing;
● A statement about your work and why you feel this programme is
appropriate for you at this stage in your career - Max 400 words
● CV - No longer than two pages
● 5 - 10 image examples of your work. We are primarily looking for artists
with examples of outdoor work. If you cannot present such an example
please address in your statement why you feel you are still eligible for
this course.

We want to make our application process fair to everyone so if you would
prefer to apply by video please do so (max 5 minutes). If there are any other
ways we can support an application from you, if you are experiencing
difficulties with either of these formats, or would like to discuss any
accessibility requirements for the application process or course, please
contact and we will be happy to discuss.

Please head to our website for further details.