Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2022 is shaping up to be its biggest and most visible yet, with 18 large scale, 3D art works displayed within the new surrounds of Cairns Convention Centre, destined to stop visitors in their tracks, between 6 and 10 July 2022.
Initiated with funding from the Queensland Government, under the Spaces and Places program, Big Sculpture Showcase aims to culturally activate and enliven Cairns Convention Centre’s newly refurbished surroundings and Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s creative industries.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the large-scale works would showcase First Nations cultures and stories as a highlight of CIAF 2022.
CIAF’s Curatorial Associate, Teho Ropeyarn, who is managing the inaugural project, said Big Sculpture Showcase provides a welcome and formative platform for the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists after what has been a challenging time.
According to Mr Ropeyarn, the 18 larger than life-style artworks in a range of statures and various mediums are expected to arrive in Cairns during May after which the curation and installation process can occur in time for CIAF 2022.
Some of Queensland’s most highly regarded Indigenous artists with works featured in Big Sculpture Showcase include Brian Robinson, Ian Waldron, Francoise Lane, Paula Savage, Shirley Macnamara and Rhonda Woolla.
CIAF’s Big Sculpture Showcase 2022 featuring:
Brian Robinson, Peter Bertie Morrison, Delissa Walker, Ian Waldron, Claire Freeman, Toby Cedar, David Jones, Paula Savage, Simone Arnol, Hans Ahwang, Shirley Macnamara, Francoise Lane, Rhonda Woolla, Phillip Denham, Nancy Beeron, Theresa Beeron, Daniel Beeron, Nephi Denham, Girringun Art Centre, Michael Norman, Pormpuraaw Art Centre, Alma Norman, Pormpuraaw Art Centre, Mavis Benjamin, Marlene Norman, Alma Norman, Pormpuraaw Art Centre and Vernon Marbendinar and Garry Namponan, Aurukun Art Centre.
Spanning five days between Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 July 2022, the event will feature the work of approximately 300 visual artists and 150 performers across the multidimensional program of mostly free, family friendly events that foster an inclusive and ethical marketplace for aspiring and established art collectors, curators, and the public.
For more information, visit Cairns Indigenous Art Fair