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17 - 22 August 2021


CIAF Symposium 2019 (Ticketed event)

Wednesday 10th July 2019

9:00am - 4:00pm

Pullman Cairns International,
17 Abbott Street,
Cairns QLD 4870

Qld Indigenous Art - From small beginnings to world recognition

The CIAF Symposium 2019 will feature academics, collectors, artists, designers, curators and sector professionals who will consider the current state of Queensland First Peoples’ art and its future, exploring the many factors that underpin culture, capacity and the contemporary art market.

Join us if you are an artist who wants an engaging audience, a curator who wants to explore a new idea, a sector professional who wants to shape culture, or a collector who wants to tap into the world of Indigenous art… This is your symposium.

All catering is included in your ticket!

8.30 Registrations Open

9.00am Welcome to Country

9.20am Djon Mundine- Curator - KEYNOTE SPEECH

What are the distinguishing features that hallmark Queensland First Peoples’ art?  What role does art play in remote, rural and urban communities? Can it be defined as a “movement”?

9.50am Art and Activism

Join Hetti Perkins in conversation discussing the role of artists and arts workers – collectively and individually - as cultural activists working in community art centres, public spaces and art museums. 

10.40am Morning Tea

11.00am Flipping the Status Quo

Join Hetti Perkins in conversation with a mix of key national artists discussing what their diverse practices reveal about the current state of play in Queensland First Peoples’ art.

11.50am Torres Strait Islander Art – A promotion of cultural identity

Join Janina Harding and others discuss the journey from the beginning of Torres Strait printmaking in the 1990s through to today’s contemporary artists working in ceramic sculpture and creative cultural installations. Emerging as a distinct contemporary movement entrenched in cultural and historical stories, Torres Strait Islander art continues to develop and grow through opportunities at a national and international level.                                     

12.40 pm - Lunch 

1.30pm Collecting and Curating

Listen to a discussion about the art market and how it effects creative cultures. Considering the many ways artists and art centres engage with the public and private sector, what factors lead to successful outcomes for both artist and buyer?

2.20pm Creative Capacity Building

How does the sector maintain vitality and strength? What are the impediments that stifle growth and recognition?  How and why would a new way of doing business that consults, supports, empowers and values the artist change the sector dynamic to a better practice model?

3.15pm - 4.00pm Conclusion and Afternoon Tea

Following the symposium panels, join the participants for an informal afternoon tea.

TICKETED EVENT - $25 plus booking fee

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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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