The annual CIAF Art Awards are announced at the Opening Night celebration each year.
CIAF is proud to boast one of the largest prize pools for our Art Awards: $50,000.
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 Awards 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.
Changing each year, a panel of esteemed arts academics and professionals are selected to judge the awards.
CIAF Art Awards categories are:
BDO Emerging Artist Award
Premier's Award for Excellence (Queensland Government)
Cairns Regional Council Art Centre Award
Gillian Mailman Group of Companies People's Choice Award
Ports North 3D & Sculpture 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.