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Clarice Beckett, Wet Evening, c.1927, oil on board. Maud Rowe Bequest, 1937. Image: Ian Hill.

Winner of the 2019 Len Fox Painting Award. Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Antara, 2018, synthetic polymer paint on linen.

Louis Buvelot, Mount Elephant from Emu Creek, 1879, oil on canvas. Gift of Miss N. McKellar, 1974. Image: Ian Hill.

Detail of: Jenny Watson, Woman with Birds, 2008, arcylic on fabric with sheer fabric overlay. Gift of Phillip and Jill Dunn QC through the Cultural Gifts Program, 2016. Image: Ian Hill.

Jane McAuslan, Pedestal Cover, c.1860s, Cotton & linen. Image: Ian Hill.


Drawing with Foxes

Friday 27 May, 4:00pm — Friday 27 May, 6:00pm

CAM invites you to a casual afternoon of drawing held amongst the Len Fox Painting Prize exhibition.

Drawing a painting? You might argue that drawing is the foundation of painting, a starting point and place to develop ideas. With this in mind, we invite you to look to the works for inspiration. Surrounded by paintings from fifty three exhibiting artists whose works embody Emmanuel Philips Fox’s connection with light, colour and connection to place, there is much to be explored. Make yourself comfortable at CAM and draw amongst like-minded people. All ages and ability levels are invited to come and let loose on paper. Facilitated by local artist Anna Schwann.

Please contact our friendly staff at the front desk with any access questions so that we can give you the best experience.

Cost: Free

Where: The Len Fox Prize exhibition

When: Friday May 27 and Friday 10 June

Time: 4-6 pm

Provided: Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, coloured pencils etc) butchers paper, sketch paper, drawing boards.

BYO: Any special papers or drawing materials.

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drawing-with-foxes-a-drawing-session-at-cam-tickets-340278360737

Friday 27 May, 4:00pm
Friday 10 June, 4:00pm

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Entries are now open for Len Fox Painting Prize 2022

Monday 26 July


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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.

Entries are now open, until 15 December 2021.

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Entries are now open for the 2021 Experimental Print Prize.

Friday 28 May

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CAM is pleased to announce the second Experimental Print Prize. Established in 2019, the biennial, non-acquisitive prize is open to artists resident in Victoria. Through the generous support of an anonymous local donor, three prizes are offered: $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 for an emerging artist.

There is a strong tradition of printmaking in Victoria and the EPP seeks to foster new directions in the field through both the exhibition of shortlisted artists and awarding of prizes. Unique amongst printmaking prizes, EPP recognises that experimentation and risk are essential to art.

Entries are invited from artists using innovative approaches to traditional printmaking processes such as intaglio, relief, planographic, digital processes and photography (if included within the printmaking process). Experimentation may include challenging and redefining concepts of printmaking; crossing traditional boundaries between media; pushing the limits of medium and process; engaging with new tools, techniques and materials; artists’ books and three dimensional work will be accepted. Established through to early career artists are encouraged to apply.

Writing on the inaugural EPP for Imprint Magazine, Viva Hall stated, “The prize is a varied and exciting example of diversity within print. Being a non-acquisitive prize with an emphasis on experimentation gives room for artists to push themselves and their practices.”

In 2019 Rebecca Mayo was awarded the First Prize for her work Escape Route: Melbourne to Canberra, 2018; Mark Friedlander took out the second prize for Containment, 2019; and Yoshe Gillespie was awarded the Emerging Artist Award and the Friends of Castlemaine Art Museum (FOCAM) People's Choice Award for her work Transitory, 2019.

Catherine Pilgrim, a celebrated local artist and educator working with lithography and drawing; Trent Walters of Negative Press, publisher of limited edition prints and artists' books by contemporary Australian artists; Naomi Cass, CAM Director, as non-voting Chair.

The official exhibition opening of the shortlisted artists and announcement of winners will be held on 13 November, 2021.
An exhibition of shortlisted works will be held at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine, Victoria, from 13 November - 28 February 2022.
Selected artists will be asked to provide a short biography and artist statement.

Entry fee $35.00

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 $35.00 (incl. GST) per work (one print only)
  5. Once processed, acknowledgement of entry and receipt of payment will be emailed to entrants.

Entries Open: 28 May 2021
Entries close: 26 September 2021
Shortlisting: September
Notification by email of selection: 10 October 2021
Selected entries to be delivered to the Castlemaine Art Museum between: 21-24 October 2021, between 12.00pm and 5.00pm
Exhibition dates: 13 November 2021 - 28 February 2022
Official opening and announcement of prizes: 13 November 2021
Collection of works: 4-7 March 2022

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