People's Choice winner announced

After three weeks of public exhibition and programming, more than 9000 visitors and nearly $100,000 in artwork sales the 25th Cossack Art Awards have drawn to a close.

Rounding out the prizes, the event concluded with the announcement of the winner of the Horizon Power People’s Choice Award, Fremantle-based artist Alicia Gorey for her work Look at me, look at me. This is the second year in a row Ms Gorey has taken out the category.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the 2017 Cossack Art Awards was one of the most successful exhibitions since its inception and provided exceptional opportunities and recognition for local artists.

“Now in its 25th year, the Cossack Art Awards is a quality event to rival any regional art award in the country. The standard of works we receive and continues to grow each year and I would like to congratulate all those who participated in 2017,” Cr Long said.

“The program of events complementing the exhibition were also a big success this year with capacity turnouts to workshops and some wonderful community activities for the whole family,” he said.

Rio Tinto general manager Ports Dampier Jess Farrell congratulated the City of Karratha for its delivery of events which support arts and culture in the region.

“Through our Community Infrastructure and Services partnership we are proud to work with the City of Karratha to support the delivery of events like the Cossack Art Awards that brings the community together,” Ms Farrell said.

“Once again the Awards have been a hugely successful event, providing enjoyment and entertainment for our local community, drawing visitors from far and wide and contributing to the vibrancy of the towns where we work and operate.”

The Cossack Art Awards is presented by the City of Karratha with principal partner Rio Tinto, category sponsors Pilbara Port Authority, Horizon Power, Citic Pacific Mining, ECM Pty Ltd, Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd, Quadrant Energy and Santos, Joint Venture Partners in the Devil Creek Gas Plant; public program sponsors ATCO Power Australia and Pilbara Development Commission; and event sponsors Cleanaway, Ibis Styles, Onsite Rental Group, IAS Fine Art Logistics, Fence It WA, Karratha Visitor Centre, HeliSpirit, JSS Logistics Pilbara and GWN7.