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12 - 15 July 2018

CIAF Art Awards 2018

The annual CIAF Art Awards will be awarded at CIAF 2018 Opening Night on Thursday 12th July from 6.30pm. 

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 have selected an expert panel of judges for the 6 prizes. Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Bruce McLean. Bruce is a member of the Wierdi people of the Birri Gubba Nation of Central Queensland.
Bruce joins Australian curator and writer, Professor Natalie King. Natalie was curator of the Tracey Moffatt exhibition at the Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017 and is an  Enterprise Professorial Fellow at VCA, University of Melbourne.
National Maritime Museum Indigenous Programs Manager, Beau James. Beau has curated innovative exhibitions both nationally and internationally which explore Indigenous culture and connection. Beau is from the Mununjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from SE Queensland with links to Stradbroke Island.

The inaugural Art Awards winners were announced at CIAF’s Opening Night Event in 2017. Find out who the winners were of the 2017 CIAF Art Awards here.


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

Innovation Award - The Cairns Airport

Emerging Artist Award - Lendlease

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

Art Centre Award - Cairns Regional Council 

People's Choice Award - Fibre Optics NQ

Port's North Photography Award - Ports North




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