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6 - 10 July 2022


COVID-19 Message

20 July 2021

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) knows that many people may be concerned about whether or not our events will go ahead from 17-22 August.

At present CIAF is planning to go ahead as scheduled, in a physical format.

CIAF is a hybrid event this year! This means that 2021.ciaf.com.au website will feature an online store and video content, providing those who are unable to attend a virtual CIAF experience.

Tickets for our physical events are on sale now at Ticketlink.com.au.

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CIAF participates in Ecofiesta, 2021

22 June 2021

Ecofiesta is an annual event that engages with the Cairns community to raise awareness of environmental sustainability. Organised by the Cairns Regional Council, this year (for the first time) the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) was invited to participate.

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Vale Arone Meeks

5 May 2021

It is with great sadness that the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) wishes to advise of the passing of Arone Meeks.

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CIAF tour package announced

30 April 2021

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has forged a unique partnership with one of the world’s leading luxury tour operators to drive recovery in the region's tourism industry.

Abercrombie & Kent AU have released an exclusive, six-day itinerary for discerning travellers offering a series of culturally focused, money-can’t-buy experiences.

The Insider’s Cairns: An Indigenous Art Immersion package includes:

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CIAF remembers Thancoupie

29 April 2021

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) wishes to pay our respects to Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO, as April 23 marked the 10th anniversary of her passing.

Thancoupie is Australia’s pre-eminent ceramicist – having represented Australia at the highest level internationally throughout her long and distinguished career. A Queensland Great, she remains a beloved cultural icon to many. In 2009, Thancoupie agreed to become CIAF’s first co-patron, alongside former Governor of Queensland, The Hon. Dr. Penelope Wensley AC. As an organisation we still carry her spirit with us.

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CIAF hotel rates - book now!

21 April 2021

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2021 is proud to announce ACCOR as one of our accommodation partners.

Pullman Cairns International and Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort are offering CIAF attendees 15% off rooms when you mention "CIAF" when booking.

Our dates are 17-22 August, we look forward to seeing you then!

#CIAF2021 #ExploreTNQ #ThisIsQueensland #SeeAustralia

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Q&A with The CIAF Evolution Project Trainees

20 April 2021

Where are you from and who’s your mob?


Catherine: My maternal family ancestors are from Saibai, with links to Cape York. Our family moved to Mutee Head and Bamaga at the time of my Great-Great Grandfather. We also have PNG heritage through my Great-Great Grandfather. My clan group is Khodal (or crocodile) clan from Grandfather’s side, my Grandmother’s side shares the Emu totem.  

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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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