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Norma Bull Scholarship

The Norma Bull Naturalistic Portraiture Scholarship

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.

This coveted biennial Art Prize is available for students working in the field of 'Naturalistic Portraiture' and is valued at $5,000. To enter, students must either be enrolled in an art course in a Tertiary Institute or a course of studies with an art school or qualified teachers recognised by the Trustee.

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.

The next Norma Bull Scholarship is scheduled for 2019.

To express your interest in participation, please fill out the entry form by Monday the 1st of April 2019, available HERE:

Or download the PDF HERE and return to the Victorian Artists' Society via email or post by Monday the 1st of April 2019:

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