A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

Medium / category: All mediums

Eligibility: Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia aged 18 or older

Associated institution: Perpetual Trustee Company

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. Alice Marian Ellen Bale (1875-1955) developed a profile 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 A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is managed by the Perpetual Trustee Company, as the trustee of the Alice Marian Ellen Bale Art Foundation Trust.

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.

These awards include a traveling scholarship which enables Australian artists to study the works of the old masters abroad. The biennial judging of the A.M.E. Bale Traveling Scholarship and associated prizes for  Oil/Acrylic and “Works on Paper”, is carried out solely by members of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Edward Essing

Winner: Travelling Scholarship

  • Rosy Lloyd

Winner: Oil and/or acrylic Award

  • Joe Whyte

Winner: Works on Paper Award

The Different Categories

The exhibition of finalists showcases the works by the artists selected by the judging panel comprised through the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, in the Major Award Travelling Scholarship, Oils or Acrylics and Works on Paper Award categories.

Information up to date from June 14 2023