The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship is a national art prize, which is awarded biennially to an emerging Australian artist who has demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. There are two other awards for Oil/Acrylic and “Works on Paper”.

The A.M.E. Bale Art Awards are considered as highly prestigious prizes, perhaps the most esteemed in representational painting in Australia. These awards include a travelling scholarship which enables Australian artists to study the works of the old masters abroad. The biennial judging of the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and associated prizes for  Oil/Acrylic and “Works on Paper”, is carried out solely by members of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society (TMPS). The Society upholds and executes the highest standards when judging the submitted works taking up to three days for consideration on the selection and judging of submitted works.

The major award is the A.M.E. Bale 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

Entries for the next A.M.E. Bale scholarship will open in 2020. Read the A.M.E-Bale-Guidelines.

To view the winning entries for 2018 click here “2018 A.M.E.Bale prize winners“.

Past A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize winners

Ben Winspear Travelling Scholarship
Sheri Elphick —  oil and/or acrylic Award for Portrait of Cleopatra
Vincent De Filippis — Works on Paper Award for Portrait Study

Simon Cowell — Travelling Scholarship
Ray Hewitt —  oil and/or acrylic for The Fly Fisherman
Virginia Grayson — works on paper for Dad watching the news

Scott Breton — Travelling Scholarship
Evan Shipard — oil and/or acrylic for The Digger
Gregory Alexander — Works on Paper for Nelson Street

Leigh Kaplan — Travelling Scholarship
Jenny MacKay and Simon Cowell equal winners oil and/or acrylic for Someday and Wynyard Lane respectively
Philip Cooper — Works on Paper for Seated Figure