Inaugural Evelyn Chapman Art Award

The Evelyn Chapman Art Award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’

Born in 1888 in Sydney, Evelyn Chapman was a painter who spent her working career in Australia and Europe. She exhibited in the Salon in France, before travelling to battlefronts of France following the First World War. She became the first female artist to depict the devastated fields, churches and towns of the western front. Chapman retired as painter following her marriage; however she espoused art education and practice, particularly in her daughter.

The Evelyn Chapman Trust established by the bequest Pamela Thalben-Ball, Chapman’s artist daughter, will award a scholarship of $50,000 to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills.

Applicants can submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera. A selection committee of three judges will agree on the applicant who displays the highest artistic merit.

Applications for the 2018 award close on 15 September with announcement of winner on Thursday 25 October, the 130th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Applications for entry are online at

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