The Cossack Art Awards continues to attract a high calibre of respected arts professionals and celebrated artists, who every year, are responsible for the arduous task of selecting winners for each of the Award categories.

The judges for 2018 are:

Dr Emma Lindsay is a Visual Artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Lindsay studied painting at the National Art School (Sydney), the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), and graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons 1) degree. She was awarded her practice-led research PhD (Visualising Extinction: Representing extinct and endangered species archived in global natural history museums) through RMIT Melbourne in 2016. Her paintings and interdisciplinary projects explore environmental issues relating to long-term anthropogenic activities, and personal encounters with threatened, endangered and extinct species and their habitats during this time of the Anthropocene. Lindsay’s paintings are held in the public collections of the Baer Art Centre (Iceland), Moreton Bay Regional Council, University of Queensland Art Museum, World Museum Liverpool, Queensland Museum, and in private collections in Australia, Canada, Iceland, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. Emma Lindsay is represented by Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

Wilson is a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman born in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory. Her works are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Gallery of  Modern Art (Queensland Art Gallery), The British Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. Wilson’s paintings have been included in many group exhibitions at public and private art institutions, including the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, the Wynne Prize (2008 and 2009), AGNSW, and Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of the Arts, Washington.

Jonathan McBurnie is an artist, writer and cartoonist presently based in Townsville, Australia. Completing a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2015. McBurnie’s thesis and accompanying studio works explored the shifting role of drawing in the digital age, emphasizing the discipline’s ongoing tenacity through tactility, adaptability and eroticism. McBurnie is currently the Director of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, and also writes on occasion, having been published in Eyeline, Catalogue, The Lifted Brow, Huxley, Penthouse Australia, the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture and Sneaky, where he was the Visual Arts Editor.