Art Award

Call for artists to sub­mit en­tries

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: Mar­garet Bertling

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.

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