Eloquence Art Prize Art talks by university students
French & Australian culture


The Eloquence Art Prize ® is a national challenge for university and Art School students across all Australia.
It rewards the best Art talk on French and Australian ties on a specific theme, different each year.
The Eloquence Art Prize ® aims to provide wonderful opportunities that “money can’t buy” to students aiming for a career in the Arts.


2024 Theme: Nature Inspired Artists, from Art Nouveau to Today

Senior art & humanities students, from all participating Australian Universities, are invited to compare two artists, from any Art discipline, one Australian, one French, with at least one being from the La Belle Epoque era, and analyse how sensibility to nature has impacted their artworks.

The Art Nouveau era saw artists getting closer to nature, with many of their works inspired by nature or presenting nature inspired motifs. It was an extraordinary era with artists from all Art disciplines (including architects, writers, films directors, musicians, etc) coming from all over the world to Paris, where they would exchange ideas and be inspired by each other.

Sarah Bernhardt was a great icon of this era, a formidable woman, often perceived as the greatest actor of all times, who performed in 5 continents, including in Melbourne in 1892…and always in French! She was also a writer (she published three books), a painter (she regularly exhibited at the Salon), and a sculptor.

In 2024, Sarah Bernhardt is the Eloquence Art Prize’s inspiration and muse.

Selection process

Selection by a jury organised in, and by each, university
  • Pre-selection, based on a “Summary paper” (400 words), the written summary of a 7-mn talk. Close 1 May 2024
  • Election of a University representative, based on a 7-mn talk (video). Close 1 August 2024.
Election by a National jury organised by Culture Plus (Final)
  • Winner election, based on a 7-minute-live talk, early October,
  • Location: The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne.
Information sessions for students (zoom, Eastern times)
  • Wednesday 17 April, 1 pm, click here
  • Wednesday 17 April, 8 pm, click here

Prizes *

* Prizes may vary from one year to another, Terms & Conditions apply

Prizes in France (winner only)

  • Contribution to a return flight to Paris with one month (June) and one week accomodation:  up to $4.000. (one month: Les Recollets, historical convent for international researchers and artists – one week: Parisian apartment, close to the Eiffel Tower and renovated by an architect.
  • Meetings with top Art professionals in Paris,
  • 3 weeks, “Summer program”, Ecole du Louvre, Paris.

Prizes in Australia

  • Mentoring sessions with the Jury of the Final (winner only),

Each university’s representative (including winner):

  • Mentoring sessions with the University Jury,
  • Special private tours of art collections in Melbourne.
  • French Lessons,  Alliances Francaises Australia, valued at up to $600,
  • Prize award ($200),
  • Contribution to travelling and accomodation expenses to the Final (details to be provided).
Complete 2024 Prizes list and terms and conditions

Click here

Eloquence Art Prize at a glance


Theme: Art and environment, France and Australia.

Location: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Opening speech: Nick Mitzevich, National Gallery of Australia, Director

2023 Winner: Poppy Thomson, ANU.

  • Poppy’s 10′ talk at the NGA:  Video
  • Poppy’s Summary Paper (400 words): Paper

2023 finalist (Eloquence Art Prize), 2023 winner (Art Monthly Australasia Prize): Imogen King, Sydney University

  • Imogen’s 10′ talk at the NGA:  Video
  • Imogen’s Summary Paper (400 words): Paper

Participating universities: Australian National University, Melbourne University, National Art School, Sydney University, Western Australia University

Partner: Embassy of France in Australia

Patron: Kerry Gardner AM


  • The Power Institute (University of Sydney)
  • Australian National University
  • AIAH (University of Melbourne)
  • TagEnergy


  • The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,
  • Ecole du Louvre, Paris,
  • Foundation Cartier, Paris.
  • Alliances Francaises Australia,
  • Art Monthly Australasia,
  • David Kent OAM


Theme: Matisse & Australian artists

Location: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

Opening speech: Maud Page, Art Gallery of NSW, Deputy Director

Winner: Shanti Shea An, ANU

  • Shanti’s 15′ talk at the AGNSW:  Video
  • 2023 Ecole du Louvre Summer School program
  • Shanti, Embassy of Australia, Paris, 7 July 2023: photo & notes

Participating universities: Australian National University, Monash University, National Art School, Sydney University

Partner: Embassy of France in Australia

Supporters :

  • Art Gallery of NSW,
  • Embassy of Australia in France,
  • Ecole du Louvre in Paris,
  • Alliances Françaises Australia.

Eloquence Art Prize

Is organised by

Culture Plus

In partnership with The Embassy of France in Australia

And with the patronage of Kerry Gardner AM

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