Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Newsletter | FEBRUARY 2017

Donations Welcome!

CIAF is excited to announce our charitable status.

We are excited to announce that CIAF is now recognised with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. This week, CIAF launched a donation button at to encourage contributions toward the ongoing viability of CIAF.

Development opportunities for Indigenous artists and facilitating connections between artists and audiences are made possible by the public and our sponsors, so we thank you for your ongoing support.
Make a donation today or contact CIAF on (07) 4050 7712 for more information.

The Pavilion 
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will celebrate the official opening of its eighth annual event on Thursday, 13 July with a music, dance and art spectacular beneath the stars within the heritage-listed surrounds of Shed 3 at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.  New to 2017, The Pavilion will host the art market at the Cruise Liner Terminal site, to accommodate more artists and an ever-expanding interest from art enthusiasts.

The Pavilion will be erected directly next to the Art Fair gallery in Shed 3 so visitors can easily move from one space to another within the art fair precinct.  We are looking forward to you seeing you at The Pavilion during CIAF.

Art Market Applications

Artists Wanted! 


CIAF is now calling for Queensland Indigenous artists to take part in the CIAF Art Market for 2017. Our aim is to increase sales for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers by providing an opportunity for artists to engage with an audience of up to 50,000 visitors.

The CIAF Art Market will now run for three days from Friday 14 July- Sunday 16 July, 2017. Applications are assessed on a "first in" basis so applicants are strongly encouraged to send complete applications and support material to CIAF as soon as possible. Spaces are limited. Download your CIAF Art Market application form.

Fashion Performance Applications

Designers Wanted! 

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair invites you to apply to be a part of CIAF’s 5th Anniversary Fashion Performance. CIAF’s Fashion Performance is a leading artistic platform where Indigenous culture is celebrated through art, fashion, modelling, dance and performance.

The aim of the CIAF Fashion Performance is to bring together contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fine art with high end fashion through two innovative and professional catwalk performances. With the purpose to promote contemporary Indigenous design and to empower Indigenous youth through representation of who they are and where they come from, CIAF has created an opportunity for designers and models to share the act of adornment, presentation, mentorship and collaboration. 

Applications are due by Friday 31st March. Download your CIAF Fashion Performance application form.


Main Photograph: Wanda Wibson, 'Guuyirr', 2016. Photograph Michael Marzik
Art Market: Lovegreen Photography

Fashion: Blueclick Photography
Right photograph: Blueclick Photography 






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