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About CIAF


CIAF is committed to strengthening and celebrating culture, creating professional development opportunities for artists, and cultural exchange between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and visitors.

CIAF is focused on offering an ethical art market place, attracting national and international collectors and curators, commissioning new work and providing pathways for emerging visual and performance artists.


To provide platforms for cultural exchange and economic opportunity for Queensland Indigenous artists.


Authenticity – Create an ethical marketplace that will educate audiences through Indigenous knowledge and control and personal engagement with the artists.

Connection to Culture and Country – critical for Indigenous artists and communities for cultural maintenance and the development of artistic practices for expressing culture through art form.

Economic opportunity – acknowledged in the business model that enables financial return to artists and the viability of CIAF.

Vibrancy – CIAF offers a world-class marketplace and opportunities for cultural exchange that inspire locally, nationally and internationally.

Equity – CIAF is committed to the employment, training and professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Leverage existing markets and develop new markets for Queensland Indigenous art.

Grow audiences through immersive Indigenous arts and cultural experiences.

Build CIAF’s national and international profile.

Contribute to development pathways for Queensland Indigenous artists.

Ensure the relevancy and viability of CIAF.


Indigenous Business Excellence Award Winner, Cairns Business Excellence Awards 2018, Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Partnership Category Winner 2017 (Cairns Indigneous Art Fair & Ports North) , Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Best Art Show or Exhibition Category Winner 2013, The Cairns Post 2013 Hit Awards

City of Melbourne, SME Award Winner 2012, AbaF (Australian Business Arts Foundation) Awards 2012 in Queensland