Evoca­tive Cos­sack calls artists

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

En­tries for the 2017 Cos­sack Art Awards open next Mon­day.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 25th an­niver­sary this year, the Cos­sack Art Awards is one of the na­tion’s rich­est and the State’s most pres­ti­gious art com­pe­ti­tions, of­fer­ing more than $100,000 in to­tal prize money.

Art­works can be en­tered across 11 cat­e­gories in­clud­ing best art­work by a Pil­bara artist, por­traits, North West flora and fauna, emerg­ing young artists and there is also a peo­ple’s choice award.

En­tries close on June 7, un­less 300 en­tries have been re­ceived be­fore then.

En­tries will be judged on July 22, and will be ex­hib­ited un­til mid-Au­gust.

Artists who have ex­hib­ited in pre­vi­ous Cos­sack Art Awards can ap­ply for the artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram worth $15,000. This year, Mark Tweedie will take up the six-week res­i­dency and host a series of work­shops, talks and con­ver­sa­tions with vis­i­tors dur­ing the course of the ex­hi­bi­tion in July and Au­gust.

Tweedie won the por­trait prize in 2013 for his piece, Let’s Get Lost.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect with child­hood mem­o­ries of the Pil­bara.

“I spent the first five years of my life liv­ing in the Pil­bara,” he said.

“I am fas­ci­nated by Cos­sack’s ori­gins, its his­tor­i­cal tran­sient pop­u­la­tion, and both its de­cline and preser­va­tion. I am ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity to learn more about the town, its late 19th cen­tury build­ings and the lo­cal ceme­tery, which is of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to me.”

The awards are pre­sented by the City of Kar­ratha and Rio Tinto.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Pe­ter Long said the artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram gave vis­it­ing artists the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with the re­gion and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Mark will spend most of his time im­mersed in developing a new body of works in­spired by the Pil­bara, but will also be fa­cil­i­tat­ing a series of work­shops for the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“This year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of the Cos­sack Art Awards and sev­enth year of the artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram, which has been a huge suc­cess thanks to the con­tin­ued sup­port from our prin­ci­pal part­ner Rio Tinto.”

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager Dampier Ports Jess Far­rell said the artist-in-res­i­dence pro­gram was an im­por­tant part of the awards as it en­cour­aged the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal artistic tal­ent and con­tributed to the cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

“Rio Tinto is proud to play a role in bring­ing this ex­cit­ing and emerg­ing artist to Cos­sack to share his skills and tech­niques with work­shop par­tic­i­pants and to en­gage with all who visit the ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit cos­sackartawards.com.au.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Last year’s Cos­sack Art Awards judges Lau­rie Nilsen and Sasha Gr­ishin Am with win­ner Mary-Lynne Strat­ton and Mayor Pe­ter Long.

Mark Tweedie’s 2013 win­ning por­trait of Tim Draxl, Let's Get Lost.

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