Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Newsletter | JUNE 2016 


CIAF is excited to present the Freedom of Expression exhibition in partnership with the Tanks Arts Centre.

An exhibition of over eighty works produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates at Lotus Glen (Mareeba), Maryborough, Capricornia (Rockhampton) and Southern Queensland (Gatton) Correctional Centres.

While none of the artworks produced for this exhibition can be sold, we can have their work appraised by the public and professionally valued as a way of encouraging these artists to continue their practice during their sentence and after their release.

This exhibition hopes to captivate the viewer, transcending them to place where they will accept prison art, as art in the purest sense, with artistic merit, creative expression and significance. Present in all of the art works, is a proud identity and a belonging to country. Freedom of Expression seeks to change the lens of the viewer and the artist, by presenting an exhibition that re-defines prison art, where inmates are seen as artists in their own right.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Tuesday 12 July from 6pm-8pm. FREE ENTRY.

Freedom of Expression will run from 1 July- 24 July. Click here for more details.

CIAF attracts international groups for Collectors & Curators Program 2016  

Renowned Curator, Hetti Perkins, will once again lead the exclusive Collectors and Curators Program (CCP) that sets CIAF apart from other art fairs. Attracting curators from major domestic and global institutions and galleries, the program provides a unique opportunity for the CCP to preview the art fair’s diverse showcase of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

Following an increase in the popularity of Australian Indigenous art overseas, the CIAF 2016 CCP will welcome more than 40 invitees including, high-profile international curators and institutions.

CIAF’s growing CCP is testament to the strong national and international interest in the developing Queensland Indigenous art practice. The collectors and curators program is designed to offer participants a chance to view and buy works at behind-the-scenes views of galleries and from renowned and emerging Queensland Indigenous artists.


Download your official event app to view the full program 

Main Photograph: Heathcote, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, 2016
CCP Photograph: Kerry Trapnell   
Right Photograph: Lovegreen Photography


Plan your Friday 15th July!

Come on down to the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal (CCLT) to enjoy an evening of entertainment and performance, followed by fashion.

From 5pm,  relax on ‘The Green’ and enjoy an evening of sophisticated music featuring renowned jazz singer Wilma Reading and her trio, with support performances by Troy Brady, Deline and Merrindi Briscoe and more.

Evening on the Green is a free event that takes place on Friday 15 July from 5pm-7:30pm.

Don’t end your evening after Evening on the Green, happening a mere 100 metres away in Shed 2 of the CCLT is the CIAF Fashion Performance Jana Jaral (Respect). Due to very popular demand, in 2016 CIAF will present Jana Jaral in two sessions, 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

Start planning your Friday now!



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