Cos­sack awards mark 25 years

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

To cel­e­brate its quar­ter-cen­tury an­niver­sary, a packed sched­ule of events has been planned around this year’s Cos­sack Art Awards Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The public pro­gram kicks off on July 23 with the Cos­sack Fam­ily Day — an an­nual all-ages event with lots of lo­cal arts and craft ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, as well as food and en­ter­tain­ment.

Artist-in-res­i­dence Mark Tweedie will give a talk at the se­niors’ high tea and host a medium mash-up, pal­ette-knife and char­coal life-draw­ing art work­shops.

There will be an ex­clu­sive din­ing and art ex­pe­ri­ence where guests can en­joy a five-star Ja­panese de­gus­ta­tion, mu­sic and an art per­for­mance by Tokyo-based artist Jun Inoue.

Kids can get hands on at the Lil Awe­some Artists event and there will also be a youth work­shop on speed-paint­ing.

Artists Tanya Mont­gomery and Krys­tal Panakera-Thorpe will host a day of cre­ativ­ity and re­lax­ation, as­pir­ing artists can join A Pom Pom A Day for the wine and wa­ter­colours event and pun­ters can learn about lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture at the In­dige­nous Art Show­case.

The 25th Cos­sack Art Awards will close on Au­gust 12 at the an­nual Cos­sack UP Late event with twi­light tunes, food and an op­por­tu­nity to get one last glance at the art­works on dis­play.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the Cos­sack awards had be­come the jewel in the crown of the City’s arts and cul­ture cal­en­dar.

“This year we are proud to be cel­e­brat­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the Cos­sack Art Awards with a jam-packed public pro­gram as well as a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the best over­all win­ners from the past 24 years,” Cr Long said.

“Through­out the three-week ex­hi­bi­tion, we’re proud to be pre­sent­ing a fan­tas­tic range of events from art work­shops for all ages and skills, to a five-star Ja­panese de­gus­ta­tion and, of course, the pop­u­lar clos­ing event, Cos­sack Up Late, with live mu­sic and late-night ac­cess to the gallery.

“Cos­sack is a beau­ti­ful place on any day, but see­ing it filled with colour, mu­sic and cul­ture is a spectacular way to bring life back into the his­toric town and build­ings.”

Rio Tinto gen­eral man­ager Ports Dampier Jess Farrell said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of Cos­sack Art Awards, par­tic­u­larly as this year marked the awards’ 25th an­niver­sary year.

“I en­cour­age every­one to get out to Cos­sack dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion pe­riod, not only to view the won­der­ful art on dis­play, but also to en­joy the sup­port­ing events and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, many of which are free,” she said.

“This year’s public pro­gram en­sures the whole com­mu­nity can get in­volved from the Fam­ily Day to chil­dren’s and se­niors’ events, an in­dige­nous art show­case and work­shops hosted by vis­it­ing artists. There is some­thing for every­one.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit cos­sackartawards.com.au.

Pic­ture: Margaret Bertling

The Cos­sack Art Awards is cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of sup­port for the arts.

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