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17 - 22 August 2021


CIAF Traineeship Program

15 March 2021

Since its inception 12 years ago, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has been a platform for establishing and supporting the careers of countless artists and performers. Furthermore, the Art Fair injects millions of dollars into the local and state-wide economies annually. CIAF’s commitment to artistic excellence is expanding, focusing on the careers of those in the arts industry, who work behind the scenes.

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We welcome Naomi Wenitong, CIAF Ambassador 2021

5 March 2021

CIAF is thrilled to announce singer-songwriter, Naomi Wenitong as our offical CIAF Ambassador for 2021.

Naomi is a proud Kubi Kubi woman who now calls Cairns home. You will know her from Shakaya and The Last Kinection – not to mention her solo work as a performer. Her inspirational work across the community as a youth leader, coupled with her musical talents, pits her as the perfect person to be the face of CIAF for this year.

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CIAF Art Awards 2020 - Winners

11 February 2021

Each year the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) hosts the CIAF Art Awards. All artists featured in the curated Art Fair are eligible for the awards, which reflect the vibrancy of Indigenous art from Queensland. 

CIAF wishes to congratulate the following winners, in the following categories, and thank the awards sponsors:

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CIAF announces program dates while unveiling 2020 theme song

15 May 2020

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) unveiled its locally produced theme song and program dates today after announcing last month its 2020 event will go ahead using an innovative, digital platform.

CIAF 2020 – The Cultural Evolution will be officially rolled out through a series of live stream presentations, performances, webinars, workshops, community spotlights, virtual gallery exhibitions and conversations from Friday 14 August to Sunday 23 August 2020.  

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Queensland’s First Nations artists respond to unprecedented events by drawing on their tradition of innovation in the arts

17 April 2020

Friday 17 April 2020. The annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will continue to support Queensland artists and communities by exploring a new and interactive, digital festival platform.

CIAF Chair Tom Mosby said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from Queensland are recognised for outstanding works that respect cultural traditions while using imagination to counter contemporary contexts.

“Doing things in a different way is nothing new to our artists!

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Celebrating a decade of service

2 April 2020

This week Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s longest serving staff member, Wanda Weatherall notched up a decade of service to the organisation now regarded Australia’s premier art fair and Queensland’s quintessential showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.

CIAF’s Artistic Director Janina Harding praised Wanda for her commitment to CIAF and long service and said it was sad the team could not celebrate her dedication in person during this period of social distancing and working from home.

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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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