Applications for the 2016/17 New Medallist Scheme are now open. To apply, see the BAMS New Medallist scheme 2016 full information. Deadline 31 May 2016.
The society’s ‘New Medallist’ scheme is intended to provide a framework by which artists based in Britain and Ireland who are relatively new to medal-making can develop their interest in the medal as a vehicle of artistic expression. Its aim is to deepen and broaden the selected artists’ knowledge of the medal and expand their awareness of the medium’s possibilities.
The scheme is administered by the British Art Medal Society (BAMS) and is funded principally by the Brian Mercer Charitable Trust. It is supported by the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Mint.
Each year one artist who will have left art college (at whatever level) within 3.5 years of the commencement of their participation in the scheme is chosen as ‘New Medallist’, and is awarded:
- A grant of £3,500;
- A place in a medal-making course at a college abroad or an international medal workshop, allowing him/her to participate for at least three weeks in a contemporary medal-making environment and thereby gain a greater understanding of contemporary thinking on medals;
- Regular mentoring sessions with an experienced UK-based medal-maker appointed by BAMS;
- One week’s work experience in the engraving department of the Royal Mint, where s/he will work alongside experienced medal-makers and be given the opportunity to experiment with various techniques including the use of computer-aided graphics;
- Access for one week to the medal collections of the British Museum and/or Victoria and Albert Museum under the supervision of a curator of medals, enabling him/her to gain a greater understanding of the medallic tradition by studying historical medals from the Italian Renaissance to the twenty-first century;
- Free membership of BAMS for one year; and free attendance at a BAMS conference.