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 2017 Cossack Art Award Judges were;
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor is known for her determination, tenacious work ethic and colourful wardrobe. But what she’s most passionate about is linking artists with audiences. As the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, she has transformed the MCA into a thriving public gallery, with artists at its heart. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to conferences, seminars, radio and television programs on arts issues and was recently voted President of the International Council of Museums of Modern and Contemporary Art. She sits on the Advisory Board of the UTS Business School. In 2003, Elizabeth was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Australian public and contemporary art and in 2007 she won the Significant Innovation category in the Equity Trustees Not for Profit CEO awards. In 2008 she was awarded the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and the Australia Business Arts Foundation Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award. In 2011 Elizabeth received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honour list and the Australia Council Visual Arts Medal. In 2016 she was named NSW Creative Laureate and one of Australia’s 25 True Leaders by the AFR.
Artist Joshua Cocking, originally from Melbourne, is currently based in Western Australia. His detailed paintings are an ongoing exploration of the often complicated relationship we have with our surroundings. Cocking says of his work; ‘My work looks at the various and often complex ways people interact with each other and their immediate environment’. Cocking has won multiple awards including the Cossack Art Awards Best Overall prize in 2014 and h was also awarded the Cossack Art Awards Artist in Residence program in 2015.
Bianca Beetson, Lecturer Contemporary Indigenous Art at Griffith University, is of the Gubbi Gubbi people of the Sunshine Coast. Her work is instantly recognisable as she always uses the colour pink. She is a member of the Campfire Group as well as the ProppaNOW artists group, both based in Brisbane. Bianca has shown her work in a number of exhibitions including the ‘2nd Asia Pacific Triennal’ at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1996/1997, ‘Black Humour’ at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 1997 as well as the 2001 exhibition “Gatherings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art From Queensland Australia” in Brisbane.