This year's CIAF Symposium is a challenging investigation posing the very relevant questions: Where does the vision to innovate come from? What is the current state and future direction of the art market?

Keynote speakers include Destiny Deacon, international artist working in photography, film and performance art, and Michael Reid, Sydney-based arts agent, market analyst and author. Shirley Macnamara and other art stars will also participate.

Download the CIAF 2012 Symposium Program

Dates & Times: 9am 12:45pm Fri 17 Aug; 8:30-11:30am Sat 18 Aug
Location: Centre of Contemporary Arts, 96 Abbott St
Entry: $25/$15 concessions, per day.
Tickets on sale May. Visit

In 2011, the keynote speakers were; Dr Peter Sutton on research into the cultural practices of the Wik people; artist Vernon Ah Kee on approaches to contemporary politics and stereotyping; and Dr Maura Reilly on curatorial activism in New York. 

Dr Peter Sutton Vernon Ah Kee Dr Maura Reilly

To read the transcripts and Symposium programs, click on the links below:

Dr Peter Sutton's Transcript

Vernon Ah Kee's Transcript

Dr Maura Reilly's Essay

2011 Symposium Program

2010 Symposium Program

2009 Symposium Program