The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles.
This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. 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.
There are three categories for the Art Prize:
- Major Award for a travelling scholarship — $50,000
- A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics — $5,000
- A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for works on paper — $5,000
Download a copy of the guidelines and conditions of entry below.
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 who provide expert assistance to the trustee, Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd, in judging the award, taking into consideration the implementation of both the spirit and letter of Miss Bale’s will.
|Applications have now closed.|
|9 November 2020||Successful shortlisted applicants notified and invited to exhibit in the Art Prize exhibition.|
|The 2020 dates for the A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Award and Exhibition of finalists have been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria. New dates will be advised when available.||
Please note that applications for the 2020 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize have now closed.