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"Call to Artists: Travelling Scholarship for Australian and UK Citizens"
2001-08-08 until 2001-10-26
Glen Eira Arts Complex
Caulfield, VI, AU Australia

The Alice Bale Art Award awards a AUS$40,000 travelling scholarship to applicants of Australian or British nationality, and AUS$2,000 art prizes in oil/acrylic and watercolour mediums. Entries submitted by each applicant must be in the field of traditional realism and figurative art.

Artists are invited to submit works in competition for the A. M. E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes which will be awarded on the basis of entries submitted by each applicant in the field of traditional realism and figurative art. The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes have been established to perpetuate the memory and ideals of Miss Bale, a distinguished Australian artist of the first half of this century. The Trustee is of the opinion that sufficient funds will be available each year to subsidise a scholarship to be awarded to artists of promise who are also dedicated to the maintenance and furtherance of the European pictorial tradition exemplified by the works of successive Old Masters such as Masaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Valasquez, Carravaggio, Constable, and Manet, and to make cash awards in oil/acrylic and watercolour mediums.

As the primary purpose of the Travelling Scholarship is to enable artists to undertake advanced training and to visit and familiarise themselves with the great galleries, monuments, schools, and studios of Europe, preference in selection will be given to applicants with a consistent record of exhibiting with a major Australian art society and to self-employed artists. In any one year, when there is a surplus of funds remaining after the costs of the Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes have been met, the Trustee may allocate such additional funds for the purpose of: subsidising, at tertiary level, promising young artists who may wish to study in some school or studio in accordance with the traditional training in art envisaged by Miss Bale; subsidising the costs of an artist proposing to travel within Australia to paint a landscape exhibition or a subject of significance of the artist's own choosing; or subsidising any other project deemed to be within the provisions of Miss Bale's will.

Applicants for the Travelling Scholarship must be of Australian or British nationality. Previous holders of the Travelling Scholarship are ineligible to re-enter for it. Applicants for the Art Prizes may submit only one entry in each of the oil/acrylic and watercolour categories. The main thrust of the scholarship programme is to strengthen the effectiveness of the scholarship through a programme of education, training, study, review, and support for the successful artist. Specifically, the recipient of the Travelling Scholarship will be required to submit to the Trustee a proposal for a study programme which could include the following features: (i) Enrollment at an appropriate School of Art within Australia or overseas for one or more courses of training; (ii) A study tour of major European Art Galleries; (iii) A subsidised period of time to pursue the practical aspects of painting; (iv) A means by which a review of achievements may be undertaken; (v) Preferred financial arrangements. All entries submitted in competition for either the Travelling Scholarship or Art Prizes must be the unaided and original work of the artist. Applicants for the Travelling Scholarship must submit for judging: (i) A painting of still life; (ii) A painting of the human figure or a portrait with hands; (iii) A painting of a landscape; and (iv) A drawing from life of the human figure from the nude.

It has been determined that the scholarship programme need not necessarily be restricted to completion within a single period of twelve months (for family reasons and for course enrollment delays) and that there be a capability for the recognition of an outstanding scholarship holder by the award of an additional supplementary scholarship. It is expected the programme would be completed within 2 years. The value of the travelling Scholarship is AUS$40,000. The Art Prizes are valued at AUS$2,000 each in oil/acrylic and watercolour media. If in the opinion of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc. no submitted work is worthy of being recommended for a scholarship, prize or subsidy, the Trustee will not make an award.

Deadline(s) - 10/26/2001
Established Date - 08/20/1997
Follow-Up Date - 07/03/2002
Review Date - 07/24/2001

Contact - Jacqueline Porteous

Address -
C/- Glen Eira City Gallery
Cnr Glen Eira & Hawthorn Roads
Caulfield VIC, 3162

Tel - (03) 9524 3428

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