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GG300 Award for early-career carvers and sculptors launched – Apply now
We are excited to announce that the inaugural GG300 Award for emerging carvers, sculptors and artists has launched today. It celebrates the inspiration that Grinling Gibbons, innovative and iconic master-carver, has evoked across generations of makers and artists.
We are inviting emerging carvers, apprentices and students engaged in the study of carving, sculpture and craftsmanship to participate in the Grinling Gibbons 300 Award. This Award seeks to support, spotlight and develop the work of emerging talent. Participants will create radically new works of art and figurative carving, which nevertheless take as their point of inspiration the skill and techniques, and creativity and visionary design that Gibbons brought to the medium of wood and stone.
The GG300 Award is the product of collaboration between the Master Carvers’ Association and the Grinling Gibbons Society. This is a joint education initiative organised as part of the national tercentenary.
The Award sits at the heart of the MCA’s ethos of supporting carvers at various stages in their career and developing the craft to the highest levels of the profession.
Stone Master Carver, and Award co-organiser Nick Roberson comments:
‘Making the leap from college to career, and training to industry, is a daunting prospect for emerging carvers. It takes time to build the confidence, portfolio and experience needed to become established. This award helps kick start a career by offering professional mentoring, the means to develop a body of exceptional work and providing wide public and professional exposure. I would have relished such an opportunity at that stage in my own career. As an established professional, I now look forward to passing on my experience and opening up opportunities for early-career carvers at a critical time in their development’.
‘stupendous and beyond all description… the incomparable carving of our Gibbons, who is without controversy the greatest master both for innovation and rareness of work that the world ever had in any age’.