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13 - 15 July 2018

CIAF Art Awards

Wik & Kugu Art Centre, Aurukun with their 2017 CIAF Art Awards

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

The inaugural Art Awards winners were announced at CIAF’s Opening Night Event on Thursday 13 July. Find out who the winners were of the 2017 CIAF Art Awards here. The People's Choice Award was open for public voting from Friday 14 July until it was announced on Sunday 16 July during the Closing Ceremony. 

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

The CIAF Art Award process is unique in that there is no application process to enter the Awards, all eligible works on display within the Art Fair space are judged. These include works presented by Queensland Indigenous Art Centres (IACA members), Local and Commercial Galleries, Independent Artists and Guest Artists.

CIAF was proud to have three high profile, esteemed judges for the 2017 CIAF Art Awards. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2017 JUDGES HERE. 

CIAF’s Artistic Director, Janina Harding, said the 2017 Family Values theme had 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

Premier's Award for Excellence - Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Art Centre Award - Cairns Regional Council 

People's Choice Award - Fibre Optics NQ


The annual CIAF Art Awards will return to the Art Fair in 2018, stay tuned for more information. 


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