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Cairns Aboriginal Art Fair 2022

Come for the art fair, stay to discover the beauty of the region.

Since 2009, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has showcased some of the best and most innovative Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art from across Queensland. From July 6-10, the 2022 edition of the fair will occupy the newly refurbished Cairns Convention Centre, while a number of satellite events and exhibitions will activate a range of world-class venues across Cairns. CIAF’s theme this year is Masters of Country, which celebrates thousands of years of knowledge of native plants.

On the first day of the Art Fair, meet at CIAF Colloquium at the Convention Centre, which will see local Indigenous artists, arts professionals and scholars from across Queensland discuss key issues and share their artistic practice with a live audience. That evening from 6:30 p.m., the opening night launches the 13th year of CIAF with a first glimpse of the art fair and the art market, supported by the music of Barry Cedric, the young Jem Cassar-Daley and the cultural dance of Boigu Island and the Lockhart River.

This year’s Art Market features up to 55 stalls and a huge range of authentic, quality works of art, as well as gifts and accessories. Also at the convention center, workshops and art demonstrations, round tables, as well as the closing ceremony and presentation of the audience award on Sunday July 10.

CIAF satellite events will take place all over Cairns throughout the weekend, including WITHOUT A FACEan exhibition of 26 renowned contemporary artists, plus that of Dylan Mooney A story of my people exhibition, at the Cairns Art Gallery; EMBRACE Projection Art, the highly anticipated CIAF Fashion Performance: We Are Masters of Country; Music in the Tank with Miiesha (acoustic) and Frank Yamma; and CIAF presents Aboriginal Comedy Allstars (with Sean Choolburra, Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell) at; Storytime sessions at the Cairns Public Library; a host of exhibitions and talks at NorthSite Contemporary Arts; a performance by Zane Saunders at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre; Plus, an engaging reflection on the origins of Indigenous Queensland art, fashion and clothing textiles at the Court House Gallery.

Events are both free and paid. Head to the FICA website to browse the full program and plan your visit today.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland.