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17 - 22 August 2021

CIAF Art Awards 2019

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:

The Cairns Airport Innovation Award

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.



Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Ltd is a not-for-profit company with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) Status. All donations to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) are greatly appreciated and will contribute to CIAF operational costs. Your support assists CIAF in continuing to attract and nurture national and international recognition for the appreciation of the vital cultural contribution of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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