Cossack winner back for residency program

'Let's Get Lost' by Mark Tweedie

'Let's Get Lost' by Mark Tweedie

A previous Cossack Art Award winner will return to the historic town to deliver a series of works and workshops as part of this year’s Artist in Residence Program.

The Program, which is supported by the Awards’ Principal Partner Rio Tinto, will see celebrated portrait artist Mark Tweedie relocate to Cossack for a period of six weeks to undertake the residency.

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 25th anniversary of the Cossack Art Awards and seventh year of Artist in Residence Program which has been a huge success thanks to the continued support from our Principal Partner Rio Tinto,” Cr Long said.

“Mark will spend most of his time immersed in developing a new body of works inspired by the Pilbara but will also be facilitating a series of workshops for the community.”

Mr Tweedie, who won Portrait category of the 2013 Cossack Art Awards for his piece ‘Let’s Get Lost’, said he was looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with childhood memories of the Pilbara.

“I spent the first five years of my life living in the Pilbara. I am fascinated by Cossack’s origins, it’s historical transient population, and both its decline and preservation. I am excited by the opportunity to learn more about the town, it’s late 19th Century buildings and the local cemetery which is of particular interest to me,” Mr Tweedie said.

Rio Tinto General Manager Dampier Ports Jess Farrell said the Artist in Residence program was an important part of the Awards as it fostered the development of local artistic talent, contributing to the cultural development of the region.

“Rio Tinto is proud to play a role in bringing this exciting and emerging artist to Cossack to share his skills and techniques with workshop participants and to engage with all who visit the exhibition”, said Ms Farrell.

Entries to the Cossack Art Awards open Monday 13 March.

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