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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair - The Cultural Evolution

CIAF 2020 - The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair invites the world to the Cultural Evolution - a 10-day digital program, showcasing Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures Friday 14 to Sunday 23 August 2020.

CIAF 2020

Welcome from Cairns Traditional Owners Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Nation

CIAF acknowledges the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands, seas and waters on which we work and live. We pay respect to Elders, past and present.

Art Fair

The CIAF 2020 Art Fair Goes Virtual!

View the virtual galleries showcasing the CIAF 2020 Art Fair and exhibitions, Undercurrents – Cook 2020 and Freshwater Saltwater at UMI Arts.

CIAF Fashion Showcase – Water is Sacred

Featuring seven collections by seven designers of wearable art and fashion that focuses on eco-friendly, recycling, re-purposing, caring and sustaining water and Country.

Launching Friday 21 August at 7pm.

Lovegreen Photography
Artist Bevan Namponan, Wik and Kugu Art Centre, image courtesy of the art centre

Community Spotlights

An insight into arts, culture and Country for communities from the Cairns region, Cape York and Torres Strait Islands.

Music Program

A selection of Queensland music performers from the Cairns, region, Cape York and Torres Strait Islands.


Market Place

Purchase art and craft directly from Queensland artists and entrepreneurs who create the work.

Symposium and CIAF Conversations

Join expert panels for a Symposium on the impact of Climate Change and CIAF Conversations on Queensland Indigenous Tourism, Queensland Indigenous Fashion and Cook 2020, as they share their knowledge and world view.

Hans Ahwang, Wade Lewis photography
Lone Star

Cultural Yarns

Join artists and cultural practitioners as they share stories, cultural knowledge and artistic practice of their traditional and contemporary weaving and artefact making.

Closing Ceremony

Cairns Traditional Owners and Artistic Director Janina Harding, officially farewell CIAF 2020- The Cultural Evolution and present the 2020 People’s Choice Art Award


Concert Finale

Join us in celebrating the close to CIAF 2020, with a live streamed music concert featuring Far North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.

CIAF Art Awards

Queensland’s Indigenous artists and art centres will be recognised among peers at this year’s fourth annual CIAF Art Awards, live streamed with host Elaine Crombie.


Performance Art

Cure by Zane Saunders: An exploration piece that encapsulates cultural, spiritual reformation and transformation for a virtual audience.

CIAF HOUR Podcasts by BBM

BBM 98.7FM yarns with CIAF’s art community and supporters. CIAF reporters Jack-Wilkie Jans and Carli Willis yarn with artists, arts industry leaders and sponsors.

Foundation Sponsors Block