Artist backs up last year’s win at awards

North West Telegraph - - North West Lifestyle -

Fremantle-based artist Ali­cia Gorey has taken out the Cos­sack Art Awards peo­ple’s choice cat­e­gory for the sec­ond year run­ning.

Gorey won a cash prize of $3000 for her art­work ti­tled Look At Me, Look At Me which de­tails a young indige­nous boy play­ing and sticking out his tongue.

The 25th Cos­sack Art Awards ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracted more than 9000 vis­i­tors to the historic town and drew to a close on August 13 af­ter three weeks.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said this year’s was one of the most suc­cess­ful ex­hi­bi­tions to date and pro­vided great op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal artists.

“Now in its 25th year, the Cos­sack Art Awards is a qual­ity event to ri­val any re­gional art award in the coun­try,” he said.

“The stan­dard of works we re­ceive con­tin­ues to grow each year and I would like to con­grat­u­late all those who par­tic­i­pated in 2017.

“The pro­gram of events com­ple­ment­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion were also a big suc­cess this year, with ca­pac­ity turnouts to work­shops and some won­der­ful com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily.”

The Cos­sack Art Awards public pro­gram ran through the ex­hi­bi­tion and fea­tured an ar­ray of events and ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple of all ages.

Cos­sack Fam­ily Day opened the ex­hi­bi­tion to the public with arts, crafts, food and fam­ily fun.

The com­mu­nity also par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral work­shops that ex­plored a range of artis­tic tech­niques and me­dia, in­clud­ing speed paint­ing, art stripped back, medium mash-up and palette knife.

There was also an indige­nous art show­case, a degARTs­ta­tion din­ner, a se­niors’ morn­ing tea, wine and watercolours class and the Cre­ative Spirit event that united yoga and cre­ativ­ity.

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager ports Dampier Jess Far­rell con­grat­u­lated the City for its de­liv­ery of events. “Once again the awards have been a hugely suc­cess­ful event, pro­vid­ing en­joy­ment and en­ter­tain­ment for our lo­cal com­mu­nity and . . . con­tribut­ing to the vi­brancy of the towns where we work and op­er­ate,” she said.

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