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Message from the Queensland Government

Welcome to the 2022 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Australia’s premier celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures.

The Palaszczuk Government has supported CIAF since its inception, and it is a pleasure to see this outstanding event continue to flourish, increase the profile of First Nations artists, and build ethical networks to support the sale and distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Highlights of CIAF 2022 include the annual CIAF Art Awards, with the Premier’s Award for Excellence offering a $15,000 cash prize to an artist with the most outstanding work.

New this year is the Big Sculpture Showcase, featuring 16 large-scale works that have been realised through an additional investment of $200,000 as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package.

The Palaszczuk Government is focused on elevating First Nations arts as a key priority of Creative Together 2020–2030: A 10-year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland, and to strengthen the way to greater reconciliation by ensuring a more inclusive and respectful future in line with Path to Treaty.

We are committed to supporting the showcasing, presentation and sale of First Nations works, and will work to ensure the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a potent celebration of First Nations art and culture from across Queensland.

We are sure you will enjoy the 2022 CIAF program of physical and online events presenting the work of artists and art centres from Far North Queensland and beyond, bringing communities and visitors together in shared and enriching cultural experiences.

ANNASTACIA PALASZCZUK MP
PREMIER OF QUEENSLAND
MINISTER FOR THE OLYMPICS

LEEANNE ENOCH MP
MINISTER FOR COMMUNITIES AND HOUSING
MINISTER FOR DIGITAL ECONOMY AND MINISTER FOR THE ARTS

CRAIG CRAWFORD MP
MINISTER FOR SENIORS AND DISABILITY SERVICES AND
MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PARTNERSHIPS

STIRLING HINCHLIFFE MP
MINISTER FOR TOURISM, INNOVATION AND SPORT AND
MINISTER ASSISTING THE PREMIER ON OLYMPICS AND PARALYMPICS SPORT AND ENGAGEMENT

DI FARMER MP
MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS AND
MINISTER FOR TRAINING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT