Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Newsletter | MARCH 2017

CIAF Official Launch

CIAF is coming!

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) will celebrate the official launch of the program of its eighth annual event on Monday, 12 April at the heritage-listed surrounds of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.

To mark the occasion, CIAF will outline the diverse and ever-expanding schedule, including a multi-dimensional program exhibiting the rich culture and vast artistic talent, spanning visual and performing arts, of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Tickets will also go on sale for all ticketed CIAF events the same day, including the Opening Night party, fashion performances, the world premiere of My Name Is Jimi theatre production in conjunction with Queensland Theatre and all of CIAF’s satellite exhibition openings.

The CIAF event app will also be launched, which provides attendees with helpful information about the event, including location maps, artist information, the ability to create your own customised CIAF schedule, ticketing, and for the first time, the ability to vote for the People’s Choice Award as part of the CIAF Art Awards.

To stay up to date with the latest CIAF program information, please ‘like’ us on Facebook, and visit

Food Vendors wanted

Sustenance on site

CIAF calls for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from food vendors to supply onsite food service for the general public during the period of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

This EOI offers a great opportunity for a wide variety of food providers and vendors, during the free entry period of the Art Fair, 14 – 16 July, 2O17, at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. CIAF Art Market will run over three days this year, resulting in an increase in event attendance.

The closing date for EOI is Mon 1 May, 2O17 Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday, 1st June, 2O17. To apply, download the Expression of Interest application form.


CIAF Art Awards Judges announced!


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is excited to announce the appointment of three high-profile, respected judges for the CIAF Art Awards. Maude Page (Deputy Director, Art Gallery of NSW), Tina Baum (ATSI Curator, National Gallery of Australia) and Tony Albert (Artist) will review all works on display within the Art Fair space, which are eligible for selection. These include works presented by Queensland Indigenous Art Centres (IACA members), Local and Commercial Galleries, Independent Artists and Guest Artists.

CIAF’s Artistic Director, Janina Harding, said this year’s Family Values theme has been chosen to inspire works on display in Art Fair at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and takes cue from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ connection to country and family, which is at the core of their cultural heritage and creative expression. 

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are complex, systems-based units, sharing and passing knowledge from generation to generation.  We expect our artists will interpret this theme in a range of different ways that follow the threads of family connections through community, through time, through homelands and identity,” she said.

Volunteers for CIAF 2017 events

Become part of the CIAF team

CIAF’s Volunteer Program was in high demand last year, and just like 2016, this year a range of positions are available to support our team on site during 14-16 July, and at the Opening Night Party on the 13th July.
Positions range from selling merchandise, offering directional assistance to attendees, helping with set up and pack down, assisting with photographic set up, surveying attendees, managing registrations for artists workshops, attendee counting and much more. Events that volunteers are required at include fashion performances, satellite venue exhibitions, Opening and Closing events and at all elements of CIAF held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
To register your interest in becoming a volunteer, please register your interest by emailing


Eat Street: Blueclick Photography
Art Fair: Blueclick Photography
Volunteers: Blueclick Photography
Right photograph: Lovegreen Photography 





12 APRIL 2017 



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