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Old Hopevale family home, Wanda Gibson, photograph: Michael Marzik

CIAF 2019 Program

Have you planned your CIAF FREE activities yet?

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) showcases the rich culture and diverse artistic wealth of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through an impressive program of more than 20 different events and activities taking place from Wednesday 10 - Sunday 14 July. 

Below are a few highlights to get your planning started. View the full CIAF program here.

CIAF Conversations is an interactive forum for leading Indigenous artists and creatives to share insight into their life and practice, enhancing understanding of their work through this rare opportunity for personal engagement with visitors.
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal - Main Stage

CIAF Conversations - 10 Years of CIAF
Friday 12 July - 12.00pm - 1.00 pm

Join Rhoda Roberts in conversation with CIAF’s former Chair Cameron Costello, Helena Gulash former Director of QIAMEA (Qld Indigenous Arts Marketing & Export Agency), Tom Mosby CIAF Chair and Janina Harding CIAF Artistic Director as they discuss the evolution of CIAF.

CIAF Conversations - International Year of Indigenous Language
Saturday 13 July - 12pm - 1pm 

To celebrate the language of Far North Queensland, join Rhoda Roberts in conversation with Nathan Schrieber Gunggay language teacher at Yarrabah State School (speaker of Gunggay language), Syd Bruce Shortjoe Pormpuraaw artist and cultural leader (speaker of Wik Mungkan, Wik Mungkana, Wik Iiyanh, Wik Ngathan, Kugu Uwanh, Kugu Mu’inh, Kugu Muminh, Thayyorre & Bakanh languages) and Leonora Adidi language consultant and advocate (speaker of Kalaw Kawaw Ya language).  

Join Pormpuraaw Art & Cultural Centre artists to learn and participate in the art of ghost net weaving. This collaborative project will embody CIAF’s 1Oth Anniversary and will remain a legacy of CIAF into the future. 
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal - The Fig Tree
Friday & Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

A children’s art workshop facilitated by talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists through REACH, inspired by the people, culture and environment.
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal - Children’s Corner
Friday & Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

This year one of the satellite exhibitions will be a tribute exhibition to CIAF’s founding Patron, Thancoupie, Gloria Fletcher AO. The exhibition will be held 5 -21 July 2019, at Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, showcasing works from the various periods of her career. The exhibition is co-curated by Jenny Isaacs AM and Janina Harding.

Don't forget to head along to the Tanks Art Centre to hear about Thancoupie's Legacy from Jenny Isaacs, a prominent Australian writer, art consultant and independent curator who has had a lifelong family association with Thancoupie, whose career she managed for the over 30 years. Jenny's talk is at 10.30am on Saturday 13 July.

Tank 4, Tanks Art Centre
Exhibition Opening | Friday 12 July 5pm - 6pm

CIAF 2019

Tickets on Sale Now!

CIAF is two weeks away, get in now to purchase your tickets before they sell out! CIAF offers FREE and ticketed events, to purchase tickets to the below events, click here. All other events are FREE. Download a copy of the CIAF program here.

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View the CIAF 2018 photo gallery here!
View the CIAF 2018 video gallery here!

Donate now to build a stronger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industry!

Our donors and partners assist CIAF in attracting and nurturing national and international recognition of the vital cultural contribution of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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. 
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