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14 - 23 August 2020


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Photograph Lovegreen Photography


4 April 2017


In advance of its eighth annual event that will be held over three days in July, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has launched a tax-deductible fundraising campaign by introducing a Donate Now button to www.ciaf.com.au/.  

While CIAF achieved a new attendance record in 2016, with 50,000 people participating in a number of events, the future sustainability of the event has never been more important or prominent.  CIAF’s strategic focus is on the continued building and improvement of the event and this does not happen by chance, but through careful planning and investment.

One such step forward in its pursuit is the launch this week of a dedicated Donate Now button on the CIAF website, which is aimed at stimulating Individual Giving. CIAF’s General Manager, Vanessa Gillen, philanthropy is standard practice for not-for-profit events and organisations with an arts and culture basis. 

“While it may appear a simple development for CIAF, it is in fact a significant achievement for the company after successfully receiving Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) Status.  With our new status, CIAF is keen to encourage fully tax-deductible Individual Giving to support the company’s strategic direction and growth.

 “In practice, CIAF is now able to officially request donations – all of which will be fully tax deductible to the donor and will be managed to offset operational expenses associated with the delivery of CIAF’s multi-dimensional event program.

“To sustain and succeed well into the future, CIAF must grow while being careful to maintain its own special identity and viability as an annual event that attracts and nurtures national and international recognition of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.”

CIAF’s Chair, Tom Mosby said, “We recognise that capacity building and pathway development for Queensland Indigenous artists is critical to its success and the financial future of artists. CIAF’s program is designed as an ‘artist’s journey’ of opportunities, including a newly announced annual art awards program starting this year. 

“We believe we have a great pitch.  With our new tax-deductibility status, the support we derive from individuals will contribute to the delivery of a world-class event in the world-class surroundings of Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and other satellite hubs throughout the city.  From all of us here at CIAF, thank you for choosing to support us."

To make a donation online, please visit our webpage www.ciaf.com.au.

CIAF is also currently seeking corporate partnerships including the naming rights of its inaugural Visual Art Awards.





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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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