Ahead of its 2023 season, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) has released a rich and thought-provoking artist statement to guide and shape a thought-provoking, creative response reflecting Queensland’s two distinct cultures and the issue of ‘sovereignty’ from both traditional and contemporary perspectives.
CIAF’s 2023 theme, Weaving Our Future: Claiming Our Sovereignty, has been styled by the organisation’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Francoise Lane to raise the broader, national consciousness of Queensland’s First Peoples and the issues, conversations and experiences that shape their narrative.
“With Australia on the cusp of a new chapter promoting inclusion and empowerment of First Peoples, we are living in a time where a collective voice is being positioned to drive change across our state and nation. Queensland’s path to Treaty is a prime example.
“Within this context, CIAF’s 2023 theme will both inspire and harness the sentiments of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in a manner both apt and timely while leveraging an established event platform that encourages meaningful cultural and artistic exchange,” Ms Lane said.
CIAF’s 14th season will be held over five days from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July 2023 delivering visitors and community with a multi-dimensional program of mainly free and ticketed events spanning art exhibitions and markets, music, dance, fashion, food, crafts, theatre, workshops and more.
The event is staged from the Cairns Convention Centre precinct as well as key arts and cultural hubs throughout tropical Cairns (Gimuy) that include: NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Cairns Art Gallery, Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Court House Gallery, and Tanks Arts Centre.
CIAF has always been a powerful drawcard for visitors to Tropical North Queensland from around Australia and overseas – a showcase of two very significant and distinct First Nations’ cultures that would otherwise be difficult to experience, due to the vast distances involved in travelling to remote communities across Queensland.
“Each year, visitors to CIAF are presented with a range of wonderfully new and immersive opportunities to engage meaningfully with community, while also being educated and entertained from a mostly free and inclusive program.
“In its 13 years, CIAF has evolved into so much more than an event or a place where you can acquire ethically-sourced and marketed artwork, into a ‘movement’, a meeting place and, in essence, a holistic expression of two very distinct and diverse cultures – past, present, and future,” she said.
CIAF’s full program of events for 2023 will be announced in coming months, along with many other exciting announcements, whereas exclusive digital content relating to the 2022 Art Fair (CIAF’s most successful to date) is available to view at the official website.