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10 April, 2022


CAIRNS Indigenous Art Fair is on the hunt for Indigenous cultural artisans and craftspeople to market their wares at this year’s event that will offer an extended sales period within the festival’s glamorous, more spacious surrounds of Cairns Convention Centre.

One of Far North Queensland’s much loved Indigenous artists, Paul Bong is looking forward to being part of the CIAF 2022 Art Market. Photo by Blueclick Photography

While the new venue opens the arena to an additional ten market stallholders, 55 in total; spaces are limited with expressions of interest open now until Friday, April 22, 2022. 

Also, a first in 2022, CIAF will extend its Art Market sales period from opening night on Wednesday, July 6 through to 3pm, Sunday, July 10. 

CIAF’s Exhibition Manager India Collins said the market is traditionally one of the most popular and most visited attractions of the annual event and, importantly, provides an inclusive, ethical platform to present and sell a very diverse and culturally rich range of arts and craft. 

Pictured: Kuku Yalanji Master Weaver based in Cairns, Delissa Walker participated in the 2021 CIAF Art Market (Bottom Right) Michelle Weare and Marita Buden

A stallholder of many years, artist Paul Bong is known for his beautiful prints and etchings that he creates and sells at the Art Market. 

Having quickly confirmed his place in the market for 2022, Mr Bong welcomes CIAF’s return, which was a main source of income prior to the pandemic. 

“It has been sad the last couple of years, and wow, now that CIAF is coming back, we can all start again,” Mr Bong said. 

“I am so happy to participate in CIAF and will always support it.” 

Spanning five days between Wednesday, July 6, and Sunday, July 10, 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. Highlights include this year’s Masters of Country themed Symposium, Art Fair, Fashion Performance, Big Sculpture Showcase and associated exhibitions, Music in the Park and more.

CIAF invites interested market stallholders to complete an expression of interest online; visit the website at where they can download the form and apply.

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