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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2021 — Sacred

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is back! Immerse yourselves in the vibrancy of Queensland's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, dance, design, conversations, fashion, and music.

2021.ciaf.com.au is the virtual platform for CIAF's events, reaching far and wide, bringing our cultures to you.

Welcome from Cairns Traditional Owners Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Nation

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands, waters and seas on which we work and live, paying respect to Elders, past and present.

We would also like to pay a special thanks to all of our supporters and funding partners. Without them, what we do in promoting the best of Indigenous art & cultures of Queensland would be impossible.


Joint message from the Premier of Queensland and Minister for the Arts

"The Queensland Government is proud to support one of the state’s premier celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures – the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF)..."

CIAF Online 2021 Program

View the CIAF Online 2021 Program to find out all about the exclusive content on offer, here on 2021.ciaf.com.au, as part of our virtual Art Fair!

You'll find something for everyone, as you explore what's on offer here, at 2021.ciaf.com.au, and across Cairns until November 19.

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Opening Night Presentation

Join us, and many special guest speakers, in celebrating the vibrant art & cultures of Queensland's Indigenous communities by launching CIAF Online 2021. With very special performances by Chris Tamwoy and Eisha Jade.

Virtual Galleries

Explore the incredible artworks by our many exhibitors: art centres, galleries and independent artists. Our numerous Virtual Galleries showcase the works like never before, coupled with insights from the artists themselves.

Fashion Performance

Missed CIAF? Here you will find the CIAF Fashion Performance 2021: Of Spirit & Story motion picture.

Symposium & Conversations

Join industry experts while they meet and discuss a wide range of pertinent topics relating to the arts and Indigenous affairs.

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Community Spotlights & Artist Profiles

Part of what makes CIAF so special is being in the presence of artists (who are our cultural leaders of today and tomorrow). Here you will have the opportunity to be introduced to some of our key artists and hear them speak about their culture, perspectives, practice, and works, while being introduced to communities from across Queensland.

CIAF Art Awards 2021

Queensland’s Indigenous artists and art centres will be recognised among peers at this year’s CIAF Art Awards. Click here for the livestreamed ceremony on Friday 19 November.

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Art Collector's special CIAF edition 2021

Functioning as CIAF's catalogue ⁠— a special edition of Art Collector magazine ⁠— can be read online below. The magazine features intriguing articles and artist profiles, highlighting the incredible Indigenous artists, designers and performers of Queensland and their cultures.

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