Dale Cox & Christine Wrest-Smith – Finalists in the Len Fox Painting Prize 2022

In News February 11, 2022

Congratulations to Dale Cox & Christine Wrest-Smith who have been announced as Finalists in the Len Fox Painting Prize 2022

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 shortlisted artists for 2022 are:

Zoe Amor, Kylie Banyard, Kim Barter, Andrew Browne, Richard Butler-Bowden, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Evie Cahir, Kevin Chin, Dale Cox, Greg Creek, Rhett D’Costa, Jacki Fewtrell Gobert, Celia Fernndez, Emily Feretti, Robert Fielding, Hannah Fox, Jane Giblin, James Grant, Safak Gurboga, Katherine Hattam, Mark Hislop, Karen Holland, Casey Jeffery, Dena Kahan, Anthea Kemp, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Robert Maclaurin, Harley Manifold, Rob McHaffie, Nicola Moss, Elizabeth Nelson, Grant Nimmo, Lori Pensini, Marina Pumani-Brown, Adam Pyett, Steven Rendall, Julia Ritson, Lucy Roleff, Rachael Robb, Jennie Stewart, Adriane Strampp, Clive Stratford, Kynan Sutherland, Ross Taylor, Kate Tucker, Ebony Truscott, Deborah Walker, Marcus Wills, Renee Wilson, Alice Wormald, Christine Wrest-Smith, Michael Vale and Judith Van Heeren.

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.

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 will be held at Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton St, Castlemaine, Victoria

Saturday 12 March 2022 to 13 June 2022.


Image at top: Dale Cox  Risky business  2019  acrylic on canvas  102 x 102 cm 

Image above: Christine Wrest-Smith  Self Portrait with Emu bush  2021  oil on linen  86.5 x 71 cm