2019 Cossack Art Awards attract high profile judging panel

A trio of respected Australian artists will converge on the historic settlement of Cossack next month to participate in the prestigious City of Karratha Cossack Art Awards.

World-renowned street artist Stormie Mills, Melbourne-based Archibald Prize winning contemporary artist Sam Leach and award-winning Curtin University John Curtin Gallery manager Jane King will form the judging panel for this year’s awards.

Director Community Services, Arron Minchin said the Cossack Art Awards continue to attract a panel of accomplished artists with diverse backgrounds to judge the highly anticipated awards.

“I am pleased to announce the judges and look forward to seeing the unique artistic talents and experience they each bring to this year’s exhibition,” Mr Minchin said.

“For 27 years, the Cossack Art Awards have continued to grow in size and reputation to become one of the country’s leading regional art prizes.

“I have no doubt this year’s high calibre judging panel will have their work cut out for them as they consider the impressive standard of submissions entered by artists from across the Pilbara and beyond.”

The Cossack Art Awards are presented by the City of Karratha with principal partner Rio Tinto.

“As principal partner, Rio Tinto is committed to enhancing arts and culture in Western Australia through initiatives such as the Cossack Art Awards,” Rio Tinto acting general manager Ports Dampier and Marine Tim McDougall said.

“The awards provide artists with an opportunity to showcase their creative talent at a nationally recognised event, which is judged by a highly-regarded panel. I’m really looking forward to hearing what the experts have to say,” Mr McDougall said.

Entries to the 2019 Cossack Art Awards have reached capacity.

The winners of 10 categories will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards gala on Saturday, July 20, with the Horizon Power People’s Choice awarded at the end of the exhibition.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, July 21 in conjunction with Cossack Family Day and the public program and runs until Sunday, August 11.

For further information, please visit the Cossack Art Awards website and follow the Facebook page.