How to vote for the People’s Choice Award at the annual CIAF Art Awards


Bringing together around 450 visual artists and performers from across Queensland, the upcoming Cairns Aboriginal Art Fair (CIAF) will be nothing short of a feast for the senses.

This year marks the 13e annual event and a long-awaited return to a large-scale celebration after two online iterations, and to mark the occasion, a huge cache of prizes is being offered to participating artists.

Six prizes totaling $50,000 in cash prizes are on offer, with works of originality, storytelling, sculpting and breaking convention among the judging criteria.

Visitors to the five-day fair, which will largely be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, can also vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The other prizes will be awarded by a jury on the basis of the fair Opening night.


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Artistic Director Janina Harding said the Art Awards are an important event for artists, sponsors and the organization of CIAF.

The Art Awards are a great way for CIAF – and our generous awards sponsors – to recognize the exceptional talent of our participating artists, she said.


“Each year, we hire judges who are either esteemed in the art industry or who have particular expertise regarding a given year’s art fair theme.

“This year we have José Roca (Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney), Katina Davidson (Curator of Australian Indigenous Art, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art) and Gerry Turpin (Senior Ethnobotanist, Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre, James Cook University).”

Corina C. Butler