Call for artists to submit entries
Entries for the prestigious Cossack Art Awards are now open and organisers are calling on Pilbara artists to take part.
The nation’s richest regional art awards offer more than $100,000 in total prize money and attract hundreds of entries and thousands of viewers from across Australia.
Last year, five of the 11 award winners hailed from the Pilbara, including Best Overall Artwork winner Wendy Darby from YinjaaBarni Art in Roebourne.
The categories include prizes for the Best Artwork by a Pilbara Artist, Best Painting by a Pilbara Indigenous Artist and Best Painting of a Pilbara Landscape.
The awards are presented by the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto.
Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the involvement of local artists was integral to the awards’ success. “The Cossack Art Awards is a truly unique exhibition showcasing some of the best artwork in Australia from one of the region’s oldest and most historic towns,” he said.
“It’s always fantastic to see such strong input from our local arts community, which has been hugely influential in the growth of the awards over the years and continues to inspire local talent.”
Rio Tinto rail operations general manager Zara Fisher said the awards were a special event.
“Every year we continue to be impressed by the calibre of the artwork that adorns the walls of the historic Bond Store,” she said.
Entries opened last week and will close on June 7 at 5pm, or when the maximum number of 300 artworks has been registered.
Winners will be announced at the exhibition opening on July 23.
The exhibition runs from July 24 to August 7. For information, visit cossackartawards.com.au.
Last year’s Cossack Art Award overall winner Wendy Darby, with her winning work, alongside judges Vernon Ah Kee and John McDonald, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and Rio Tinto’s Zara Fisher.