The 2019 Studio application round has been extended. Applications now close Monday 24 September at Midnight.


2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

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, apply online clicking the links below.

1. Major Award for a travelling scholarship — $50,000

2. A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oils and/or acrylics — $5,000

3. A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for works on paper — $5,000

Download a copy of the guidelines and conditions of entry below.

2018 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize — guidelines and conditions of entry(PDF, 106KB)

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.




Artspace, Studios, 2015

Kelly Doley’s Artspace studio, 2015. Photo: Zan Wimberley


The Artspace One Year Studio Program offers free space for artists to create new work while being involved in a program that leverages crucial professional development opportunities.


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Applications Due
Midnight, Monday 22 October, 2018 (AEST)

Successful Applicants Notified
November, 2018