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Norma Bull Scholarship


The Norma Bull Naturalistic Portraiture Scholarship

Extended application deadline


Entries now open until Monday 3rd June.


​This coveted biennial Art Prize is available for students working in the field of 'Naturalistic Portraiture' and is valued at $5,000.

The award is open to students of art of all ages and experience levels, whether this be in university, through the
Victorian Artists Society or other art schools, informal institutions, societies or with a private tutor. You do not need
to be a university student to enter. This scholarship is open to beginners and advanced students working in the
Naturalist style.

Painting by Stephen Doyle, Winner Norma Bull Scholarship 2009

​Portrait of Peter Smales, by Cherry Manders, Winner Norma Bull Scholarship 2011

Painting by Noralisa Speranza, Winner Norma Bull Scholarship 2013

Norma Bull was born in Melbourne in 1906.As an artist she was most active in England during World War II and famous for her wartime depictions. Her skills were diverse with etching and painting being her focus. The opening of her exhibition, ‘War time Britain’ on 4th December 1947 was attended by her Majesty the Queen of England.In the prelude to this exhibition one journalist expressed “What I liked most was the artist’s enthusiasm: it seemed to me she felt she had a message to give to the people of Australia”. After a long and distinguished career, she passed away in 1980 after a trust was set up to celebrate the study of art in the form of naturalistic portraiture.

Applicants are required to submit a completed entry form and written statement evidencing talents and plans for use of scholarship funds to the Trustee.

The scholarship is made available through the bequest of the late Norma Bull in accordance with the Deed of Trust of the late Norma Bull, Trustee: The Victorian Artists' Society. The winning portrait becomes the property of the Trustee.

To express your interest in participation, please fill out the entry form by Monday the 3rd of June 2019, available HERE: Or download the ​PDF HERE​ and return to the Victorian Artists' Society via email or post by Monday the 3rd of June 2019:

Successful applicants will be notified by 10th June 2019.

Portrait and materials delivery by 7th August 2019

Winner announcement and Exhibition opening is on Tuesday 20th August at 7pm.


Painting by Fiona O'Byrne, Winner Norma Bull Scholarship 2015


‘Portrait of Greg Smith’ by Rachel Dettmann-Smith
Winner Norma Bull Scholarship 2017