Local Dampier artist, Monty Montgomery, will take up residence at Cossack for four weeks as part of the 2018 Cossack Art Awards.

The prestigious Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the Awards principal partner, Rio Tinto, and provides an opportunity for a selected artist to immerse themselves in the unique environment of Cossack.

During her time in residence, Ms Montgomery will be available for a series of public events and produce a body of work inspired by the Pilbara.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Cossack Art Awards provided an incredible experience for local artists and attracted entrants from right across Australia.

“Our annual Cossack Art Awards allow us to showcase our exceedingly talented local artists alongside works from all over Australia. In addition to this, through the generous support of our business community, we are able to shine a national spotlight on the region and promote the Cossack area as an artistic hub right here in the North West,” Cr Long said.

“The Artist in Residence program is an opportunity for an exceptional artist to live among the history and beauty of Cossack, allowing them to focus on their creativity full time. It is a sought-after experience and I congratulate Monty on receiving the 2018 prize,” he said.

Rio Tinto General Manager Ports Dampier Jess Farrell said Rio Tinto is proud to be the Principal Partner of the 2018 Cossack Art Awards, a partnership the company has supported for 26 years.

“The Artist in Residence program is a vital component to the success of the overall event which does a fantastic job in showcasing local talent,” Ms Farrell said.

Artwork entries for the 26th annual Cossack Art Awards will open in mid-March with up to 300 works being accepted for exhibition.

Entries should be two dimensional, by artists who currently live in Australia and all pieces must be completed at the time of entry.

Winners will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards gala awards presentation on July 21, 2018.

More information is available at with updates and event news on the Cossack Art Awards Facebook page.