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Coral Expeditions partnership

3 May 2018

Coral Expeditions presents Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s

Collectors & Curators’ Program


Cairns, 30 May 2018.  Australia’s leading expedition cruise company, Coral Expeditions charts a cultural course as the presenting partner of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s 2018 Collectors and Curators’ Program.


Announced today, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s (CIAF) General Manager Vanessa Gillen said Coral Expeditions’ partnership will greatly enhance this year’s Collectors and Curators Program (CCP) while providing many exciting possibilities to develop in the future.


According to Ms Gillen, the CCP, which invites curators from major institutions and respected collectors from across Australia and the world to converge on CIAF for exclusive exposure to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, is perfectly aligned to Coral Expeditions’ brand, richly imbued with Indigenous arts culture that include its ‘artist on country’ itineraries.


“For CIAF, this is an extremely exciting partnership and one that we look forward to expanding into the future with opportunities that not only take place during the three-day event but throughout the year.”


Coral Expeditions Group General Manager Mark Fifield said his company is proud to increase its involvement with CIAF in 2018 and beyond.


“We have been delivering expedition experiences in Cairns and Cape York region for over three decades and pride ourselves on our Indigenous community and cultural connections.


“We are excited to be building a new expedition flagship, the Coral Adventurer and we see our partnership with CIAF as a strong platform for us at both a local and national level.


“We are looking to grow with more cultural content and themed voyages, to visit more communities in our travels and to showcase the art and culture of the region on our vessels and to our guests,” Mr Fifield said.




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About CIAF

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is the quintessential celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. CIAF is unique in that it brings together and conveys the rich diversity of Queensland Indigenous art in its curated art fair exhibition featuring more than 150 artists.  Notably, CIAF is committed to providing an ethical point for sale for Indigenous art to support the career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across the state.


CIAF was established by the Queensland Government in 2009 as a strategic initiative of Backing Indigenous Arts which aims to build stronger, more sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industry in the State.  CIAF Ltd, formed in 2014 is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of Directors.


Since its inception, CIAF has welcomed over 235,000 people to its various events, featured 1,300 artists and generated more than $6 million in art sales for Queensland’s Indigenous artists.


The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.


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About Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions is a long standing Australian expedition cruise company with proud roots in Cairns operating year around expedition cruise itineraries to the Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, Tasmania, Cape York and Arnhem Land, Papua New Guinea, The Spice Islands, South Pacific and New Zealand.


Coral Expeditions has a strong history in the northern Australian tourism landscape and has been successfully operating art themed departures including its annual Cape York and Arnhem Land 11-day cruise hosted by Guest Artist and Cruise Curator, Brian Robinson.


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Coral Expeditions


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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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