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12 - 14 July 2019

CIAF Art Awards 2018

The annual CIAF Art Awards were announced at CIAF 2018 Opening Night on Thursday 12th July 2018. 

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

This year CIAF selected an expert panel of judges for the 6 prizes. 

Beau James - Manager of National Maritime Museum Indigenous Programs

Bruce McLean – Curator of Indigenous Australian Art, QLD Gallery of Modern Art

Natalie King – Australian curator and writer  

In 2018, CIAF is proud to have the support of the following Art Award Sponsors. 

The Cairns Airport Innovation Award

Lendlease Emerging Artist Award

Premier's Award for Excellence (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)

Cairns Regional Council Art Centre Award

Fibre Optics NQ People's Choice Award

 Ports North Photography Award

Each year the Art Awards winners are announced at CIAF’s Opening Night and the People's Choice Award winner is announced at the CIAF Closing Ceremony. Find out who the past winners were below.

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