2016 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

The winners of the 2016 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize were announced at the opening and awards presentation at the Glen Eira City Council Gallery on Thursday 1 December at 6.30pm.

Ben Winspear — winner of the Major Award for a Travelling Scholarship $50,000

Sheri Elphick — winner of the A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oil and/or acrylic Award for Portrait of Cleopatra $5,000

Vincent De Filippis — winner of the A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for Works on Paper Award for Portrait Study $5,000

The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.

A.M.E. Bale was born in Melbourne in 1875 and studied art under Frederick McCubbin and L Bernard Hall at the National Gallery Art School in Melbourne. She developed a reputation as a fine artist who distinguished herself particularly as one of Australia’s pre-eminent flower and still life painters of the early 20th Century. She established the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize through her will to support Australian artists in perpetuity.

The judging panel is comprised through the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society and provides expert assistance to the trustee, Perpetual Trustees Victoria Ltd, in judging the award, taking into consideration the implementation of both the spirit and letter of Miss Bale’s will.