Gorey wins ma­jor Cos­sack art award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Gorey

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.

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