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10 - 14 July 2019



Thursday 11th July 2019


Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal,
Corner Wharf and Lake Streets,
Cairns QLD 4870

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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

Teho Ropeyarn - Curator, Cairns Art Gallery  

In 2019, CIAF is proud to have the support of the following Art Award Sponsors. 

 Innovation Award presented by The Cairns Airport

 Emerging Artist Award presented by Westpac

Premier's Award for Excellence (Department of the Premier and Cabinet)

Art Centre Award presented by Cairns Regional Council 

3D & Sculpture Award ​presented by Ports North

People's Choice Award in honour of Waal Waal Ngallametta, presented by Gill Mailman Group of Companies - to be presented at 2pm on Sunday 14 July on the Main stage.


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





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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