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13 - 15 July 2018

CIAF Art Awards

Rosella Namok, Full Moon, 2016. Lockhart River Art Centre. Photograph Michael Marzik

The CIAF Art Awards support the professional development of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

The inaugural Art Awards will be announced at CIAF’s Opening Night Event Thursday 13 July and continue to be celebrated until Sunday 16 July Closing Ceremony.

The Awards encourage artists to increase their profile and creative capacity in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

There is no application process to enter, and all works on display within the Art Fair space will be eligible for selection. These include works presented by Queensland Indigenous Art Centres (IACA members), Local and Commercial Galleries, Independent Artists and Guest Artists.

CIAF is also is excited to announce the appointment of three high-profile, respected judges for the CIAF Art Awards. Maude Page (Deputy Director, Art Gallery of NSW), Tina Baum (ATSI Curator, National Gallery of Australia) and Tony Albert (Artist) will review all works on display within the Art Fair space, which are eligible for selection.

CIAF’s Artistic Director, Janina Harding, said this year’s Family Values theme has been chosen to inspire works on display in Art Fair at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and takes cue from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to country and family, which is at the core of their cultural heritage and creative expression. 

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are complex, systems-based units, sharing and passing knowledge from generation to generation.  We expect our artists will interpret this theme in a range of different ways that follow the threads of family connections through community, through time, through homelands and identity,” she said.

In 2017, CIAF is proud to have the support of the following Art Award Sponsors. 

Innovation Award - The Copyright Agency - Viscopy

Emerging Artist Award - Marsh Property

Excellence Award - tbc

Art Centre Award - tbc

People's Choice Award - Fibre Optics NQ

Download more information about the CIAF Art Awards here are or contact CIAF on (07) 4050 7712.


CIAF respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples’ and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live. We honour their Elders, past and present