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


The Eloquence Art Prize ® is a national challenge for university students across Australia.
It rewards the best Art talk on French and Australian cultural ties. The theme is specific and 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.

A Culture Plus initiative, in partnership with the Embassy of France in Australia


Election of the Winner, amongst all university front runners


National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne

9 October 2024, 2-430 pm


President: Tony Ellwood AM

Jury Members

Kerry Gardner AM, AIAH, Board Director

Myriam Boisbouvier-Wilie, Honorary Consul of France, FACEF Chair

Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM, NGV Council of Trustee, NGV Foundation Board

Ted Gott, NGV, Senior Curator

Anne Wallace, artist

More to come


 In Paris, France

 Eloquence Art Prize: One-month trip with accomodation at Les Recollets (international centre for academics, searchers and artists) to meet Art professionals and to be part of Ecole du Louvre Summer School

In Australia

Eloquence Art Prize: mentoring sessions by Art professionals

ISFAR Prize: publications in ISFAR online newsletter and in Australian French Review. Opportunity to present at ISFAR 2025 symposium

2024 Prize list: See Terms & Conditions

Participating Universities


Gordon Bull

A/Prof Anthony White

Prof Mark Ledbury

A/Prof Emily Brink, Dr Darren Jorgenssen

A/Prof Amelia Barikin

Pre-selected students

Jemima Adams

Seraphina Nicholls, Chibeidi Yao, Jiayi Lin, Tilly Pohlmann 

Electra Aitchinson, Isabella Bartlett, Jennifer Danckert, Ana-Sofia Petrovic 

Daniel Glover 

Megan Gardner, Lizzie Rieck, Adam Hazelwood 


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

Humanities and Art university students are asked 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.


Analyse Art Nouveau’s influence on Australian Art(s) or artist(s)

Alfred Stevens, Fedora (portrait of Sarah Bernhardt), 1882, Gift of Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and Family through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program, 2024, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), the most famous actor was also a painter, sculptor, and writer. She performed in Melbourne in 1891… in French! She is the 2024 Eloquence Art Prize’s muse.

2024 Donors

Patron: Kerry Garner AM

Private donors: Alfredo restaurant, Paul Morton

2024 Partners

David Kent OAM

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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