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 naturalist portraiture.
This is a biennial award, which aims to encourage students of all ages to advance in the Naturalist style. In 2023 the scholarship is for $5000. The winner will receive $2500 at the award’s announcement. Within 12 months the winner will report on the progress in their studies to receive the final $2500.
The award is open to tertiary and adult students who are studying art. Studies may occur in art schools, informal institutions, societies or studios under qualified teachers recognised by the Trustee.
Works entered into the Norma Bull Scholarship Award 2023 will be judged by a panel of VAS Exhibiting Council Members, as Trustees of the Norma Bull Trust.
Work will be available to collect from Tuesday 22nd August 2023. Any piece not collected from this time is not the responsibility of the Trustees and will be handled in line with the Victorian Artists Society’s practice. Whether this be to sell for donation to the society, retain for its permanent collection or disposed of. To avoid any disappointment please ensure you collect your item within the agreed time.
Within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship the winning artist will present to the Victorian Artists Society either a new portrait that shows the development of their technique or a portfolio of activities that they have been involved in, in order to prove advancement. Upon review by the Trustees, the final payment of $2500 will be provided.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.