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13 - 15 July 2018

Collectors & Curators Program

Curators & Collectors Program during their visit to Yarrabah Museum and Gallery 2017. Photograph Lovegreen Photography

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

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

The Curators & Collectors 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 institute, galleries and collections.

"To be immersed in a contiuum 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 terminal was a much improved experience (on 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” Donna Carstens, Curator, Australian National Maritime Museum




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