UMI Arts issues Art Fair call out to QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists

Published by: Pip Miller PR | 13-Feb-2023
Queensland’s peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation, UMI Arts has issued a call out to members and Indigenous artists to participate, and showcase works in its 2023 tour of Australia’s three leading art fairs.
UMI Arts issues Art Fair call out to QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists
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UMI Arts in Far North Queensland is seeking participation from member artists to submit works for Art Fair tour visiting NIAF, CIAF and DAAF in 2023
While building upon existing programming and establishing new events, UMI Arts will elevate its already strong focus on promoting member artists in 2023 by providing representation at Sydney’s National Indigenous Art Fair (NIAF), 1-2 July 2023, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF),13-16 July 2023 and Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF), 11-13 August 2023.

According to UMI Arts’ Exhibition and Gallery Officer Robyne Pacey this will be the second year running that the Indigenous led, not for profit organization has participated in Australia’s three consecutive art fairs.

Ms Pacey said they are looking for art and craft products in any medium that represent the First Nations people, culture, and stories of FNQ from both emerging and established artists.

“With its beautiful setting in Gadigal Country at Sydney’s heritage Rocks precinct, NIAF is the perfect start to a whirlwind tour at the beginning of July before returning to Cairns, Gimuy Country, to fly the flag at CIAF and then wrapping up with DAAF where UMI Arts will join more than 70 art centres from around Australia in Larrakia Country.

“We are keen to welcome our members and new members to participate and showcase their art and crafts in all mediums for what is intended to be a diverse audience of festival goers from collectors and curators to visitors from throughout Australia and overseas. This is a fabulous opportunity for emerging and established artists who want to build their profile and business to a much larger audience that due to vast distances and expense, is logistically difficult to achieve,” said Ms Pacey.

What is UMI Arts looking for?

Open to all mediums, but particularly paper works, works on canvas, artefacts, fabric and small gift, homewares, and jewellery. For interstate fairs (NIAF and DAAF) there is a focus on lightweight portable items to reduce freighting costs in a range of price points, preferably in the low (< $250) to medium (< $750) range.

Open applications for 2023 Art Fairs

EOIs are now available to download for all art fairs: NIAF in Sydney, CIAF in Cairns and DAAF in Darwin. NOTE: for CIAF UMI Arts will be participating in both Art Fair (curated selection of artworks) and market (wide range of artworks). There are individual EOIs for both opportunities. Click here to download the EOI form:

Become a member of UMI Arts today

To join, click here: Membership is free for Indigenous individuals 15+ years who have a blood-line connection to Far North Queensland. Forms can be returned in person or to

Established since 2005, UMI Arts is the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland, an area that extends north of Cairns to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mt Isa regions. With 850 members, UMI Arts is a not-for-profit company managed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors. Its mission is to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the maintenance, preservation, and protection of cultural identity.

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