Entries are now open for Len Fox Painting Prize 2022

12 March—13 June 2022


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The Len Fox Painting Award is a biennial acquisitive painting prize and is awarded to a living Australian artist to commemorate the life and work of Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865–1915), the uncle of Len Fox, partner of benefactor Mona Fox. The award is funded through a bequest from Mona Fox, with $50,000 awarded to the winner.

The Len Fox Award recognises and promotes the work of Australian artists pursuing the artistic interests and qualities of E. P. Fox. These include engagement with colour and light; ambitious connections with international developments in art; and, an interest in travel and an engagement with the cultures of diverse regions and peoples.

The Len Fox Award will be made to a painting judged to have addressed the interests of E. P. Fox as an imaginative, inquisitive and worldly artist. This is an acquisitive award, with the winning painting becoming part of the CAM Collection.

Entry details are as follows:

  • Entry is open to Australian residents

  • The painting may be made in any medium, subject to declared practical limitations.

  • Any style or genre is eligible; however, it is recognized that E. P. Fox is most noted for landscape, figurative and portrait paintings.

  • The award will be acquisitive, with the winning painting becoming the property of CAM.

  • The award will be promoted nationally and will include an exhibition of shortlisted artists, supported by public and educational programs, and events.

Any style or genre is eligible; however, it is recognised that E. P. Fox is most noted for landscape, figurative and portrait paintings. The award is funded through a bequest from Mona Fox, managed by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum Trust (CAGHM Trust). The value of the award will be AU$50,000 (inclusive of GST).

2022 JUDGE

Castlemaine Art Museum is honoured to have Kirsty Grant, as the 2022 judge. Esteemed curator, writer and previous museum director, Kirsty Grant brings her wealth of knowledge of contemporary art as well as her knowledge of CAM’s collection to consider this significant Prize.


The official exhibition opening of the shortlisted artists and announcement of winners will be held on Saturday 12 March. The exhibition, which will include the previous winners of the Len Fox Painting Award alongside the five E. P. Fox works in the CAM collection, will be held at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, Victoria, from Saturday 12 March 2022 to 13 June 2022. Selected artists will be asked to provide a short biography and artist statement. Please note, cost of freight to and from the gallery is responsibility of the artist not Castlemaine Art Museum. Entry fee $30.00.


2019 Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara

2015 Prudence Flint, Wash

2013 Judy Drew, The silk gown

2011 Lynn Miller, Winter storm, Bay St, Brighton


Head to our entry page and:

  1. Read the conditions of entry and ensure all eligibility requirements are met

  2. Complete the entry form

  3. Upload a high-quality digital image

  4. Submit payment of AUD $30.00 (incl. GST) per work (one work only)

Once processed, acknowledgement of entry and receipt of payment will be emailed to entrants.


Entries open: 23 July 2021
Entries close: 15 December 2021
Shortlisting: January 2022
Artists advised of selection late: January 2022
Delivery of work to CAM: 1 - 6 March 2022
Opening and announcement of the winner: 12 March 2022
Exhibition: Saturday 12 March 2022 to 13 June 2022
Collection of work: 17-22 June 2022

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