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14 - 23 August 2020

CIAF Art Awards 2019

The annual CIAF Art Awards are announced at the Opening Night celebration each year.

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's selected an expert panel of judges for the 6 prizes. 

Liz Ann Macgregor OBE - Director of Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Nici Cumpston - Curator ATSI, Art Gallery of South Australia

Teho Ropeyarn - Curator, Cairns Art Gallery  

CIAF Art Awards 2019 category winners are:

The Cairns Airport Innovation Award - Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre

Westpac Emerging Artist Award - Tamika Grant-Iramu, Onespace Gallery for Carving memories: propagation by roots 2019

Premier's Award for Excellence (Queensland Government) - Janet Fieldhouse, Vivien Anderson Gallery

Cairns Regional Council Art Centre Award - HopeVale Arts & Cultural Centre

Gillian Mailman Group of Companies People's Choice Award in honour of Waal Waal Ngallametta - Daniel O’Shane, Meuram and Zogo Ni Pat, vinylcut, hand-wiped

Ports North 3D & Sculpture Award ​- Syd Bruce Shortjoe, Pormpuraaw Arts & Cultural Centre for Tiger Prawn 2019 ghostnet sculpture

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.



14 - 23 AUGUST 2020


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