Coun­cil­lors de­bate di­rec­tion of art awards

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ Aus­tralia’s rich­est re­gional art awards are at a cross­roads as its fu­ture and past col­lide.

The City of Kar­ratha coun­cil last week de­bated whether the Cos­sack Art Awards should stick with its roots as a re­gional art prize or make fur­ther changes to de­velop it as a na­tional-level art prize.

The awards were launched in 1993 and the prize pool has risen from $34,000 in 2004 to $109,000 in each of the past five years.

Some of the con­cerns raised in­cluded los­ing sight of what the awards were about, which was fa­cil­i­tat­ing an event that had the works of am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional artists from home and abroad on the same pedestal.

One idea floated was to re­duce the num­ber of cat­e­gories and weigh the prize pool more heav­ily on the ma­jor prize.

Coun­cil­lor Fiona White-Har­tig said there should be fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal art groups, artists and art judges.

That was a point the coun­cil­lors con­curred with as the mat­ter was laid on the ta­ble for fur­ther com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

In the same meet­ing, it was de­cided 19 art­works ob­tained by the City from past Cos­sack events would be do­nated to com­mu­nity groups, while re­tain­ing 24 other pieces.

About 15 pieces from the col­lec­tion are held in stor­age at any one time on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis with the oth­ers dis­played at City fa­cil­i­ties.

Mayor Peter Long said a small num­ber of older paint­ings had some dam­age to frames and hang­ing mech­a­nisms.

At the time of the meet­ing, the City had not yet no­ti­fied the artists who had painted the pieces which will be do­nated

Six of the paint­ings were by Florence Cor­ri­gan while three were by Pa­tri­cia Floyd.

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