Lulu wins Cos­sacks

Judges Bianca Beet­son, El­iz­a­beth Ann Mac­gre­gor and Josh Cock­ing with City of Kar­ratha mayor Peter Long, re­gional de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan and Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel stand with the win­ning art­work at the Cos­sack Art Awards last Satur­day ni

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

The his­tor­i­cal town of Cos­sack was far from a ghost town last Satur­day night as hun­dreds of peo­ple came to­gether to celebrate the 25th an­nual Cos­sack Art Awards.

Al­most $90,000 of prizes were given out across 10 categories,with five prizes won by Pil­bara artists.

Michelle Hawkins took out the award for the best over­all art­work for her piece Lulu.

The judges’ com­ments said the small an­drog­y­nous work had an enor­mous pres­ence.

“This is a haunt­ing piece that is so good it is hard to tell whether a print or char­coal medium has been used,” they said.

“Ex­tra­or­di­nary dex­ter­ity and use of char­coal, both in sub­ject mat­ter and the way it has been cap­tured.

“It is enig­matic and draws you in. A com­pelling piece that leaves the viewer want­ing to know the story.”

Hawkins was not able to make the cer­e­mony but sent her thanks via video message.

Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity hu­man re­sources di­rec­tor Damien Miles pre­sented Doreen Chap­man with the award for best art­work by a Pil­bara artist. The judges said Chap­man’s un­ti­tled piece dis­played de­lib­er­ate, com­pe­tent naivety where ab­stract met re­al­ism.

“The artist dis­plays con­fi­dent use of colour and paint with the use of bold and bright tones,” they said. “An in­ter­est­ing colour con­trast with wonderful sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of shapes break­ing down the neg­a­tive space.”

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said it was fan­tas­tic to see Pil­bara artists do­ing so well and this year’s awards show­cased some of the best art­work he had seen.

“The Cos­sack Art Awards seems to get bet­ter and bet­ter with ev­ery year,” he said.

“To think what started as a hum­ble cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal art is now cel­e­brat­ing its 25th year as a na­tion­ally recog­nised and sig­nif­i­cant art prize is truly re­mark­able.

“We have a wonderfully rich and di­verse lo­cal arts scene which is start­ing to make a real name for it­self so it’s ter­rific to see the likes of Doreen Chap­man, Car­rie McDow­ell, Nya­paru Gar­diner, Greg Tay­lor and emerg­ing artist Tessa Laing tak­ing out some of the top prizes.”

The art award ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic and runs un­til Au­gust 13.

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Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

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