Australia’s premier awards for realism and figurative art, the A.M.E Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prizes, were awarded last night to the artists who have excelled in traditional styles. Leigh Kaplan was announced as the winner of the prestigious A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship, valued at $50,000. Kaplan, said she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to combine art and travel. “It’s invaluable for traditional artists to be exposed to both the old masters and also contemporary works. For Australian artists, travel is essential in our early careers – it fuels our curiosity and inspires new ideas,” said Ms Kaplan. The Scholarship is a sought-after prize for emerging artists keen to build their career. Ms Kaplan plans to use the A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship to tour Europe, Russia and America over an extended period, to place herself in the best position for a future career as a painter.
“With travel from Australia often a lengthy and costly exercise, it’s difficult for emerging young artists to develop their skills abroad and learn from other artists. The scholarship allows the winner to travel and experience what the rest of the artistic world has to offer – a unique and exciting opportunity for any artist,” said Perpetual’s General Manager Philanthropy, Andrew Thomas. According to Mr Thomas, Alice Bale’s contribution to the arts through her charitable trust has made a lasting impact on the lives of many young Australian artists. “Alice Bale was an established artist who was known as one of Australia’s pre-eminent flower and still life painters of the early 20th century. Her legacy has continued for more than fifty years now through her charitable trust, supporting many artists in that time,” he said.
See more about the prize at www.gleneira.vic.gov.au