About the prize
Awarded every two years, the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize recognises Australian artists who have shown talent in traditional genres, including realist, figurative and representational. It aims to support and advance the training of emerging artists of any age who are practising traditional art and studying the old masters.
The judging panel comprises judges from the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society. They assist the trustee, Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd, in judging the award, considering the both the spirit and letter of Miss Bale’s will.
Categories and prize money
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
About A.M.E. Bale
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 and distinguished herself 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 in her will, to support Australian artists in perpetuity.