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17 - 22 August 2021

Collectors & Curators Program

The CIAF national and international Collectors & Curators Program is facilitated by Ms Hetti Perkins and Tony Albert

The Collectors & Curators Program (CCP) invites curators from major institutions and respected collectors from across Australia and the world to converge on the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair for a unique opportunity for exposure to Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. 

The Collectors & Curators program offers a range of exclusive and complimentary visual and performing arts events. The program introduces new elements each year to provide opportunities for the CCP to meet artists. Hosted by Hetti Perkins and Tony Albert, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair CCP is truly unique. 

The Collectors & Curators Program is an important element of CIAF, allowing Queensland Indigenous artists and galleries that represent them, exclusive access to influential and appreciative Curators & Collectors from many institutions, galleries and collections.

"To be immersed in a continuum of celebratory, cultural expresssion, with economic & business outcomes and see First Peoples represented in all aspects and levels of the Fair. Meeting local peoples, artists and experiencing a connect to country a definite highlight and necessity to appreciate the artistry, stories, history and culture." Belinda Briggs, Curatorial Assistant Indigenous, Shepparton Art Museum


“Very positive. It’s the best high profile event of its type in Australia” Jeffrey Taylor, City of Melbourne


“I would have to say that the CIAF has grown so much and is a wonderful experience (since 2014, my last visit)” Chris Saines, Director, QAGOMA


“A great event that needs continued support” Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gold Coast City Gallery


“For me it’s about what is different- what new mediums are people working in” Beau James, Curator, Australian National Maritime Museum






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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