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Alice Marian Ellen Bale

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Alice Marian Ellen Bale (11 November 1875 – 14 February 1955)[2] was an Australian artist.

Alice Marion Ellen Bale
Alice Marian Ellen Bale self portrait.jpg
Self portrait
Born(1875-11-11)November 11, 1875
Richmond, Australia
DiedFebruary 14, 1955(1955-02-14) (aged 79)
Melbourne, Australia[1]
EducationNational Gallery of Victoria Art School
Known forPainting

Bale was born in Richmond, Victoria[1], the daughter of naturalist William Mountier Bale.[3] She studied art under Frederick McCubbin and Lindsay Bernard Hall at the National Gallery School 1895–1904. She came to prominence as an artist in Melbourne in the 1920s and 1930s, developing a reputation as one of Australia's pre-eminent flower and still life painters.[4][5]

She was the founding secretary of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society, a position that she held until her death.[6]

She exhibited with the Melbourne Society of Women Painters 1917–1955.[7]

AME Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art PrizeEdit

Bale established the biennial A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize through her will to support Australian artists in perpetuity. The 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".[5][6]

Three prizes are awarded:[5]

  • Major Award for a Travelling Scholarship (AU$50,000) since 2011[8]
  • A.M.E. Bale Art Prize in the medium of oil and/or acrylic (AU$5,000)
  • A.M.E. Bale Art Prize for Works on Paper (AU$5,000)

Award winners: 2016; 2014; 2012; 2011


  1. ^ a b McGrath, Joyce. "Bale, Alice Marian Ellen (1875–1955)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  2. ^ Victoria, Australia, Cemetery Records and Headstone Transcriptions, 1844-1997
  3. ^ "William Mountier Bale (1851–1940)". Victoria Museum. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ Perry, Peter (2011), A M E Bale : her art and life (Limited ed.), Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, ISBN 978-0-9757388-7-0
  5. ^ a b c 2016 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize, Glen Eira City Council
  6. ^ a b Guidelines, AME Bale Art Prizes,
  7. ^ Peers, Juliette (1993), More than just gumtrees : a personal, social and artistic history of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors in association with Dawn Revival Press, ISBN 978-0-646-16033-7
  8. ^ "2010 A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2018.