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13 - 15 July 2018

Collectors & Curators Program

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.


Hetti Perkins once again skilfully managed the 2016 program with 40 national and international Curators & Collectors participating. The 2016 C &C program proved to be the most successful to date in terms of the reputation of the participating guests, attendances at individual events, sales and the general interest and enthusiasm of the group.

In 2015, CIAF introduced a community visit to the program, which allows the group to immerse themselves in local Indigenous art and cultural experiences, and for locals to share their culture with the diverse group.


In 2015, the inaugural community visit saw the group visit Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Centre and the Menmuny Museum, local bush tucker talk and lunch with community elders, which proved to be a highlight for program participants. In 2016, the Program was hosted on a cultural tour with Djunbunji Land and Sea Program which was once again hailed as one of the highlights of the 2016 program.


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.


“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