The judges faced a tough job at Cossack’s night of nights on the weekend, with a stunning display of artwork on show from across the Pilbara region.

The CPM-sponsored category of Emerging Young Artist received 13 submissions this year, which was won by Karratha-based artist Rose Barton for her painting ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’.

Rose’s artwork reflects the strength and inspiration she pulled from a group of young people she met while volunteering as a national youth mental health advocate in institutions across the country.

“Those who tirelessly advocate for a system that respects, understands and responds to the diverse needs of our society and community,” Rose said.

“Those who constantly battle against deeply embedded racism, ableism and ageism, in an effort to increase access to mental health services for all and build a thriving emerging generation.

“The symbols represent the past and the future, where young people who are truly representative of our modern demographics, can be given a voice and have that voice heard.”

Senior Community Relations Advisor Luci Ardagh, who presented the award on behalf of CPM, congratulated Rose for her efforts and spoke about the importance of investing in the community.

“Building long-term community partnerships such as the Cossack Art Awards brings with it lasting social benefits,” she said.

>View the full Cossack Art Awards Ceremony here (external link)