After entertaining over 50,000 visitors last year, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has today announced this year’s program, along with the 2016 event app, presented by Artistic Director Janina Harding. The event encourages Indigenous artists to share their stories and is an ethical point of sale for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Running over three days throughout July, the CIAF will feature over 100 Indigenous artists, along with some of Queensland’s most highly credited artists from remote communities. The event will showcase dance and musical performances, curated art exhibitions, along with the premier of Stephen Page‘s film Spear, which is a collection of Queensland Indigenous films depicting past decades.
Harding has curated a broad range of exhibitions, catering to engage a variety of interest levels, which includes the new initiative Freedom of Expression that focuses around the art of Queensland Indigenous prison inmates.
The CIAF is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative programs that focuses on building stronger, more sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art throughout the state.