Stay at Cossack to inspire artist

 'Jess, Pilbara GIrl' - Finalist in the 2012 Black Swan Portrait Prize

'Jess, Pilbara GIrl' - Finalist in the 2012 Black Swan Portrait Prize

Celebrated portrait and landscape artist Christine Hingston has been announced as the 2016 Cossack Art Awards Artist in Residence.

The two time Black Swan Portrait Prize finalist will relocate to Cossack for a five week period, during which she will develop a series of works to be exhibited both nationally and internationally.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Artist in Residence program was a great opportunity for visiting artists to engage with the region and community.

“This year marks the sixth anniversary of the Cossack Art Awards Artist in Residence Program sponsored by our Principal Partner, Rio Tinto, and we are thrilled to announce Christine Hingston as our 2016 artist,” Cr Long said

“Christine will spend most of her time immersed in developing a series of works inspired by the Pilbara and her experiences living at Cossack but will also be facilitating a series of community workshops as part of the Public Program of events held every year during exhibition.”

“I look forward to seeing what Christine produces during her time at Cossack,” he added.

Rio Tinto Rail Operations general manager Zara Fisher said Rio Tinto were looking forward to welcoming 2016 Artist in Residence, Christine Hingston to Cossack.

“The Artist in Residence program is a valued component of the Cossack Art Awards. Not only will the program provide a great opportunity for the community to engage with Christine as she creates a new body of work, they can learn new skills and techniques through her series of workshops”, Ms Fisher said.

Entries to the Cossack Art Awards have now closed – winners will be announced at the awards night Saturday 23 July 2016.

The Public Exhibition and Programs runs from Sunday 24 July – Sunday 14 August.

For more information visit www.cossackartawards.com.au