Cos­sack Art Awards on again

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Alicia Per­era

The Cos­sack Art Awards are less than one month away now and an­tic­i­pa­tion is build­ing around what peo­ple can ex­pect from the ex­hi­bi­tion and its pro­gram of events.

Each year the pres­ti­gious ex­hi­bi­tion with 11 prize cat­e­gories and a to­tal prize pool of more than $100,000 draws huge lo­cal and na­tional at­ten­tion to the his­toric Pil­bara ghost town.

This year, the ex­hi­bi­tion quota of 300 en­tries was filled by mid-May, only two months af­ter it opened, and there has been strong lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion, with more than 40 per cent of en­tries com­ing from the Pil­bara. Yinja-Barni Art Cen­tre in Roe­bourne boasts a long list of past Cos­sack win­ners, in­clud­ing 2015 Best Over­all Art­work win­ner Wendy Darby, and has about 18 en­trants this year.

Cen­tre man­ager Pa­tri­cia Floyd said ev­ery year Cos­sack was a ma­jor event and source of pride for artists with the group.

“It’s spe­cial for them be­cause it’s some­where lo­cally that their art can be shown and dis­played,” she said.

Dampier Art Stu­dio chair­woman Tanya Mont­gomery said their group’s sub­mis­sions cov­ered a wide range of gen­res this year.

She ran a first-time Pre­pare for Cos­sack work­shop in May and said it had at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est from as­pir­ing but “time-poor” artists in Kar­ratha, Dampier and Wick­ham.

“I think what we’ll see from the art awards this year is prob­a­bly a greater depth in the works,” she said.

This year, the Peo­ple’s Choice Award has gained a spon­sor for the first time — Hori­zon Power, and the prize money will go up to $3000. A packed pro­gram of work­shops will run along­side the main ex­hi­bi­tion to give those at­tend­ing the chance to get cre­ative.

In­dige­nous tour op­er­a­tor Clin­ton Walker will also run two rock art tours of the sur­round­ing area and lo­cal artists will give pre­sen­ta­tions ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Ms Mont­gomery said the ex­tra events were de­signed to in­volve artists of all lev­els and it was “al­ways ex­cit­ing to see artists come out of the wood­work for our pub­lic pro­gram”.

Cos­sack Art Awards win­ners will be an­nounced at the open­ing night on Satur­day, July 23.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from July 24 to Au­gust 14.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cos­ or “like” the Cos­sack Art Awards Face­book page.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

Katy Ec­cles, Con­suelo Ca­vaniglia, Sa­man­tha Ste­wart, Ge­or­gia Ste­wart and Toni Salmon set up for a past Cos­sack Art Awards dis­play.

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