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Rosella Namok, Full Moon. Photograph Michael Marzik

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair launches Art Awards

22 November 2016

In its commitment to support the professional development of Queensland’s talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will celebrate its eighth annual event in 2017 with the introduction of the CIAF Art Awards.

CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding said the annual awards have been created to recognise the innovation and excellence displayed by artists whose work features in CIAF’s curated art fair exhibition. 

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Cultural Riches Shine

16 November 2016

As an arts movement, Far North Queensland Indigenous art is embryonic compared to the Northern Territory which has been recognised, supported and successfully operating for over 30 years.

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CIAF 2016 a roaring success

27 July 2016

A roaring success, this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair [CIAF] 2016 drew record crowds, with over 51,000 visitors attending the three-day event from 15 - 17 July and other satellite exhibitions. The 7th annual CIAF predominantly resided in the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, with numerous satellite events taking place across Cairns. The event also led to a number of key art acquisitions by institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, AIATSIS and The Australian Museum thanks to the Collectors and Curators Program managed by notable curator, Hetti Perkins.

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CIAF reveals exciting 2016 program highlights

6 July 2016

This year the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) offers a dynamic program, of the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, music, dance and fashion in this annual tropical celebration that celebrates the very best of Queensland Indigenous culture.


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CIAF Opening Night - Media release

10 June 2016


8 June 2016


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair celebrates with Opening Night party


The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2016 celebrations kick off with a feast of visual and cultural performances at the Opening Night party on 14 July, where guests are also treated to a preview of the Fair’s curated art exhibition, Cultural Bliss.


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Lockhart River Dancers performing at CIAF. Photograph by Kerry Trapnell

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair launches 2016 program & event app

5 May 2016

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has launched this year’s program, along with the CIAF 2016 event app, presented by Artistic Director Janina Harding.


Welcoming crowds of more than 50,000 visitors last year, CIAF 2016 is set to be bigger and better than ever and will kick off at a spectacular Opening Night event, Thurs14 July and continuing through the following three days, 15 -17 July.


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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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