The Fox Open Art Competition was originally conceived in 1983 by the then managing director of JJ Fox International Limited, the late Jock Russell, as a competition to raise the profile of the newly constructed Jersey Arts Centre. It quickly caught the imagination of the island’s community and when in 1990 St James’ in Guernsey also agreed to take part it mushroomed into a full Channel Island event. Now 30 years on it has produced winners from Jersey and Guernsey as well as runners up and highly commended work from Alderney and Sark. Household names like Jason Butler, Rob Sweeney, Ian Rolls, Larry Ham and Molly Harris are all past winners of "the Fox".
Jock Russell’s original concept was to encourage amateur artists rather than professionals and over the years the competition has remained loyal to this vision. The judging process is a professional and rigorous procedure with internationally renowned artists from outside the islands chosen to decide on the winners. Former judges include Patrick Heron, Ken Howard, Leonard Rosoman, Terry Frost and Clive Hicks-Jenkins.
Every year the competition attracts over 200 entries with an age range between 12 and 80 years. Paintings, prints and collages are accepted, works have to be framed and mounted and must not exceed 1M². Entry forms are available from The Jersey Arts Centre, St James’ Guernsey, the Information Centre in Sark and the Alderney Art Club.
For full details on how to enter the competition please contact;
Jersey Arts Centre
Tel.: 00 44 1534 700444
St James Concert & Assembly Hall Guernsey
Tel.: 00 44 1481 711360
Alderney Art Club, Pre Studio
Tel.: 00 44 1481 823936
Entry forms can be downloaded by following the Link to Fox Open Art