Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Opening of the world's most isolated art exhibition

    16/07/2005 12:00 AM

    Acting Culture and Arts Minister Jon Ford has launched the 2005 Cossack Art Award - said to be the most isolated art exhibition in the world.

    Mr Ford opened the highly regarded awards at the historic port town, 12km north of Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

    “The competition was a shining example of the success arts and cultural events could enjoy in remote and regional communities,“ he said.

    The Minister said the exhibition was open to both established and emerging artists and would also attract a significant number of entries from indigenous Australians.

    “Events such as these provide a catalyst for communities and artists alike to develop a sense of place and pride in their surroundings,” he said.

    “Despite its isolated location, the annual Cossack Art Award attracts thousands of Pilbara residents and visitors.

    “More than 350 artworks will be showcased at the Bond Store in Cossack, providing people with an excellent opportunity to be inspired.

    “Leading mining and resource companies and local businesses are providing $60,000 in prize money, making the award the richest regional art competition in Australia.

    “It is an opportunity for both established and emerging artists to have their work included in corporate collections, reinforcing the importance of private sector support to the arts industry.”

    Mr Ford congratulated the Shire of Roebourne and the local community for their investment in the Cossack Art Award over the past decade.

    The exhibition runs from July 17 to August 3 and will open to the public between 11am and 3pm daily.

    Minister's Office - 9425 4200