Calling artists for Cossack Art Awards 2016

Entries to one of the most prestigious art prizes in regional Australia, the Cossack Art Awards, open on Monday 14 March 2016.

Set in an historic ghost town and with more than $100,000 in prize money up for grabs the Cossack Art Awards has earned itself a reputation as one of the richest and most unique regional art prizes in the country.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Cossack Art Awards consistently presented a high quality showcase of works from artists Australia-wide.

“The Cossack Art Awards is a truly unique exhibition showcasing some of the best artwork in Australia from one of the region’s oldest and most historic towns,” Cr Long said.

“It’s always fantastic to see such strong input from our local arts community, which has been hugely influential in the growth of the awards over the years and continues to inspire local talent. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we get this year.”

The Cossack Art Awards is presented by the City of Karratha and Principal Partner Rio Tinto.

Rio Tinto general manager Rail Operations Zara Fisher said Rio Tinto is proud to have supported the Cossack Art Awards since its inception 24 years ago.

“Every year we continue to be impressed by the calibre of the artwork that adorns the walls of the historic Bond Store,” Ms Fisher said.

“As a Cossack Art Award enthusiast, I can’t wait to experience this year’s iconic exhibition.”

Entries are open to two dimensional works by artists who currently reside in Australia. Entries close 7 June 2016.

Winners will be announced at the Cossack Art Awards exhibition opening ceremony and awards night on 23 July 2016.

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