Calling artists for 2015 Cossack Art Awards

Calling artists for 2015 Cossack Art Awards

Entries to one of the richest regional art prizes in the country are now open with artists across Australia being encouraged to submit works for the 2015 Cossack Art Awards.

Presented by the City of Karratha and Rio Tinto the Cossack Art Awards have grown in size and stature over the years attracting the very best talent form the Pilbara and across Australia.

The Awards command a significant prize pool of more than $100,000 including $30,000 major prize and residency program.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Awards had grown significantly in recent years.

“We have watched the Cossack Art Awards flourish over the years from a humble display of local artworks into a nationally significant art prize with one of the biggest prize pools in the country,” Cr Long said.

“Every year artists from across Australia submit works vying for the top prize and the quality of artworks exhibited get better and better every year.”

The 2015 Cossack Art Awards will be curated by Fremantle-born Catherine Czerw, a Western Australia based independent art curator and collections management consultant.

“Catherine brings with her fantastic knowledge and expertise of curatorship and the presentation of outstanding visual art exhibitions and will be a valuable addition to the Cossack team this year,” Cr Long added.

Catherine Czerw said she was delighted to be part of this growing exhibition and Award.

"I have closely followed the Cossack Art Awards to see what it offers us each year, so I am just delighted to be curating the exhibition this year both personally and professionally,” she said.

“The site itself is magical, and the Cossack Art Awards team are full of talent, so I am very much looking forward to being involved in the 2015 Cossack Art Awards and making my own positive contribution this unique event," she added.

Rio Tinto Rail Operations general manager Zara Fisher said Rio Tinto is committed to supporting arts in the region and can’t wait to see the artworks on display this year.

“Rio Tinto is committed to increasing the delivery of high quality arts and cultural events in the region. We have supported the Cossack Art Award since its inception 23 years ago, and as Principal Partner since 2002,” Mrs Fisher said.

“The Cossack Art Awards showcases artists’ works from the Pilbara and across Australia.  I look forward to viewing the artwork on display this year in the historic and beautiful town of Cossack. ”

Entries to the 2015 Cossack Art Awards are now open and will close on Monday 8 June 2015.

Winners will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards presentation dinner on Saturday 18 July.

For more information and to enter the Awards visit