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Cairns Art Gallery is Far North Queensland's premier visual art museum and in 2015 celebrates 20 years of documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of this vast and distinctive region of Australia through the visual arts, craft and design. Our Mission “Through art, we will continue to showcase the people, places and events of Far North Queensland, locally, nationally and internationally. We will stimulate the development of the visual arts in this region and we will present the art of the world.” Over 450,000 people have visited the Gallery since its opening, with the audience comprising a mix of local residents, domestic tourists and overseas visitors. As well as appreciating the artworks on show at Cairns Art Gallery, visitors are often awed at the heritage qualities of the building itself, including the rainforest timber panelling evident throughout, and Chillagoe marble flooring. Cairns Art Gallery is a unique enterprise, quite different from other regional galleries not only in Queensland, but indeed Australia and internationally. It is the region’s dynamics that stand this Gallery apart, with the cultural diversity, heavy inflow of tourists and the remoteness from capital cities all contributing factors to the unique development of the arts in the Far North. In addition, the dynamics of local arts practices and the rapid development of Cairns city as a cultural centre in the Far North, are key factors in distinguishing the Gallery from other similarly defined arts organisations. Since opening, the Gallery has shown more than 300 exhibitions with an average of 30 per year, including 5 which have been curated and toured nationally by the Gallery. Exhibitions offer an intriguing insight into the social heritage and culture of Far North Queensland. Exhibitions Public Programs Become a member

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