Gorey wins major Cossack art award
The Cossack Art Awards have finished for another year and the final prize for most popular artwork announced.
This year’s awards, which closed on August 14, again proved a big drawcard for the Pilbara and Australian art lovers.
About 280 artists entered the awards and more than 8200 people attended the three-week exhibition and associated programs, raising nearly $100,000 in artwork sales.
The winner of the final award, the Horizon Power’s People’s Choice Award, went to North Fremantle portrait artist Alicia Gorey for her artwork My Turn.
She won $3000 for her portrait painting of an indigenous boy.
This is the first year the People’s Choice Award category has been sponsored,with the prizemoney previously only $500.
Horizon Power West Pilbara retail manager Eliza Ryan said the company sponsored the award because it valued free choice and was glad to see it received plenty of support, with more than 1000 votes cast.
This year’s Cossack artist in residence, Christine Hingston, has also now finished in the role.
She produced about six works in her five weeks at Cossack as well as presenting workshops as part of the public program of events.
Hingston has entered one of the paintings in the Perth Royal Show and plans to exhibit the collection at Yallingup Galleries and elsewhere.
The awards were also a boon for main sponsors the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto.
Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the awards had been another successful showing for an art exhibition that was a beloved fixture of the local calendar.
“We have had another brilliant year at Cossack, with three weeks of exhibition and a jampacked program of events for the community,” he said.
“More than 280 artworks were on display this year, representing a diverse mix of art and talent from across the country.
“Congratulations to all the artists and everyone involved.”
Rio Tinto general manager rail operations Zara Fisher thanked the organisations, artists and members of the community who supported the awards.
Cossack artist in residence Christine Hingston works on one of her paintings. Picture: City of Karratha. INSET: My Turn, by Alicia Gorey, was the Cossack Art Awards People's Choice winner.