Len Fox Painting Award 2019

The Len Fox Painting Award is a highlight of the Castlemaine Art Museum 2019 Exhibition Program.

The Len Fox Painting Award is a biennial prize and is awarded to a living Australian artist (or Permanent Resident) to commemorate the life and work of Emmanuel Phillips Fox (1865–1915), the uncle of Len Fox, partner of benefactor Mona Fox.

E Phillips Fox (1865-1915) Bathing Hour c.1909, Oil on canvas, 180×112, T C Stewart Bequest Fun 1952, Acc. No. 318.

Administered by the Castlemaine Art Museum (CAM), the Fox Award recognises and promotes the work of Australian artists pursuing the artistic interests and qualities of E. P. Fox. These include:

  • An engagement with colour and light, particularly within the genres of landscape and figure painting;
  • Ambitious connections with international developments in art; and,
  • An interest in travel and an engagement with the cultures of diverse regions and peoples.

As an acquisitive prize, with an exhibition of shortlisted finalists, the Fox Award will enhance the exhibition program, art collection and national profile of CAM.Castlemaine Art Museum is honoured to have Geoffrey Smith, Chairman Sotheby’s Australia, as the 2019 judge.

The 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.

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

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.

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 open from 8 June 2019 to 1 September 2019.

Key dates:

  • Entries Open Monday 4 February 2019
  • Entries Close Friday 26 April 2019
  • Artist advised of selection 13 May 2019
  • Opening and announcement of the winner Friday 7 June 2019
  • Exhibition Saturday 8 June until Sunday 1 September 2019
  • Collection of work Between 4-11 September 2019

Download the entry form here.

Feel free to also download printable promotional material to circulate within your community, publication, organisation or tertiary institution. LenFox_A3Poster(Print) or LenFox_A5(Print).

If you have any questions, please email lenfoxaward@castlemainegallery.com.


Frequently Asked Questions (this will be updated throughout the entry period):

All entrants are encouraged to thoroughly examine the Terms & Conditions that are detailed in the entry form. 

How much are the entry fees?

  • The entry fee is $30 per professional artist. Entry fee is non- refundable and covers administration and handling. Any entry not accompanied by payment of entry fee will be ineligible. Payment may be made by credit card. A receipt will not be mailed unless requested.

What medium and dimensions does the work have to be?

  • The work must be a painting, the specific medium (such as oils, aerosol, acrylic, watercolour) is not prescribed. The work must not exceed 2 metres in any direction including frame. The work must be suitably framed, with fittings for hanging, and clearly marked with the Artist’s name, address and title of work.

Does my entry have to be a new work?

  • Entrants may submit for consideration one painting executed after 1 January 2017. The work must be the original work of the artist.

Can you tell me some more information about E. P. Fox?

Who are the previous winners of the Len Fox Painting Award?