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Sculptor

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Sculptors design and create three dimensional (3D) forms or models as a way of artistic expression. They can specialise in areas such as figurative statues or abstract work.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Because most sculptors work freelance, it is difficult to give a starting salary. Fees can vary depending on the size and nature of the work. There is an interactive artist's fees toolkit in the Resources section of the Artist's Information Company website (you need to be a member to access this).

Some sculptors find work as an artist in residence, which can last for any period between one month and one year. The pay for this varies widely and some residencies may include free accommodation and use of a studio and equipment.

Conditions

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. 

It is very difficult to become established as a sculptor. Most sculptors work freelance and very few earn a full living from their sculpture, particularly in the early stages.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1060
5.1 %
RISE
2029
1114
  United Kingdom
2024
11820
6.4 %
RISE
2029
12582

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For more information on creative careers see the Discover Creative Careers Finder website

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

a-n The Artists Information Company
Tel: 0300 330 0706
Website: http://www.a-n.co.uk/

This site includes useful information on employment and self-employment in this area of work.

Discover Creative Careers Finder
Website: https://discovercreative.careers/#/
Twitter: @CreativeCareer5

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