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Saturday 22nd August

7pm AEST

Livestreamed via CIAF Facebook Page

Hosted by Elaine Crombie, Queensland’s Indigenous artists and art centres will be recognized among peers at this year’s fourth annual CIAF Art Awards.

The CIAF Art Awards support the professional development of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists exhibited within the Curated Exhibition/Art Fair space at CIAF. The Awards provide an opportunity for artists to increase their profile in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

There is no application process to enter, all works on display within the Art Fair space are eligible for selection.

The CIAF Art Award selection process is deliberated during an ‘in-camera’ session by the three judges- with no interference by CIAF Staff, Board or Sponsors.


  • Queensland Government- Premier’s Award for Excellence (Prize $15,000)

  • Cairns Regional Council -Art Centre Art Award (Prize $10,000)

  • Holding & Redlich -Innovation Award (prize 10,000)

  • Ports North- 3D Design, Sculpture & Installation (prize $5000)

  • BDO- Emerging Art Award (prize $5000)

  • Fibre Optics- People’s Choice Award ($5000) (*presented at the Closing Ceremony, 2pm Sunday 23 August 2020.)




Bruce Johnson McLean

Bruce is a member of the Wierdi people of the Birri Gubba Nation of Wribpid (central Queensland). He is currently Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement, Funded by Bequest of Barbara Jean Humphreys, at the National Gallery of Australia. Bruce was formerly Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at QAGOMA.


Judy Watson

Judy was born in Mundubbera, Queensland. Watson's Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. Her work reveals hidden stories within Country, working from site and memory, revealing Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time. Her work is included in several significant Australian and international collections, including all of Australia’s state institutions, the National Gallery of Australia, the Tokyo National University of Technology, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the British Museum, and MCA/TATE. Watson is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, and in 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Art History by the University of Queensland.


Carly Lane

Carly is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She is a Murri woman from Queensland, Australia, and has worked as a curator for nearly twenty-five years, including at the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the Berndt Museum of Anthropology. Carly uses her role as curator to care for culture, to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are part of the national conversation, and to enable self-determination, equality and social change. Three shows dear to her curatorial-heart are the Second National Indigenous Art Triennial (National Gallery of Australia, 2012), Everyone has a history: Plain Speak (Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2017) and Desert River Sea: Portraits of the Kimberley (Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2019), which she co-curated with Emilia Galatis and several more curators from the Kimberley region. She finds inspiration in political art and any art (really) where the artist speaks their political, social and cultural truth.

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