As proud supporters of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Skytrans would like to congratulate the CIAF team on the enormous success of the 2012 event, reconfirming CIAF’s position as Australia’s premier Indigenous art fair.
Skytrans recently announced the company’s increased, longer term commitment to support CIAF through to 2014 with the provision of free flight and freight services for the event each year.
Skytrans Community Development Manager, Billy Gordon, commented that “Skytrans’ longer term social investment in CIAF is a clear indication of the company’s firm belief in the future growth of the event as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier art and culture experiences. It’s a sound investment that makes sense and will ultimately provide substantive social and economic returns to the Far North Queensland region”.
Held at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal over three days, 17-19 August, the 4th annual CIAF attracted more than16,000 visitors and sold just under $600,000 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks to art lovers and national & international collectors and curators.
The Opening Party kicked off festivities with a bang, featuring performances by the Lockhart River Kawandji-Wimpa Dancers, the Badu Island ZUBUGAL Dancers and the Briscoe Sisters teaming up with King Kadu and the voices of the Torres Strait Island Choir. Truly an experience like no other!
The weekend’s events included free kids programs & activities; GhostNet workshops, UMI Arts’ Big Talk One Fire Festival, the CIAF symposium, featuring Australian and international speakers, artists and collectors, and of course, an abundance of incredible Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island artworks.
For a truly spectacular cultural experience, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is not to be missed! Lock it in to your 2013 diary now!
Photograph courtesy CIAF and Arts Queensland. Photographer Kerry Trapnell