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New program to catapult the careers of First Nations artists

FIRST Nations artists and creatives living in or holding a strong connection to Queensland have two weeks to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate in Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s (CIAF) exciting new development program, CATAPULT.

The EOI phase closes on Friday, 8 December 2023.

Designed to ignite the crafts and careers of Queensland’s First Nations independent emerging, mid-year and established artists, CATAPULT is a new, two-part exhibition and professional development program offering tailored support that will lead to exhibiting work within CIAF’s 2024 Art Fair.

According to CIAF’s Artistic Director Francoise Lane, CATAPULT is a first for the organisation.

“Without Queensland’s First Nations arts and cultural practitioners, CIAF is nothing,” she said.

According to Ms Lane, Catapult is a platform for artists to leverage a range of opportunities from exhibition and profile building to expanding and developing their professional practice.

“Catapult is just the first in a series of strategic development programs and forms part of an ambitious and transformative four-year plan,” she said.

“CIAF is and has always been much more than an annual event that showcases the incredible talent and shares the stories of First Nations people.

“Taking a step back, it is a progressive movement  geared  towards  reconciliation  and  understanding  through  the  creative employment, economic participation, and delivery of high-quality arts experiences.”

Careers and pathways of qlds first nations artists and cultural practitioners Image blueclick photography
CIAF Artistic Director Francoise Lane said the EOI process for exciting new development opportunities could catapult the careers and pathways of QLDs First Nations artists and cultural practitioners IMAGE Blueclick Photography

In addition to CATAPULT, CIAF has issued a second EOI for ART FAIR EXHIBITORS that closes on Friday, 8 December. This EOI is for artists currently working on and planning to exhibit work at CIAF 2024.

CIAF’s EOI phase for its exciting new fashion industry development program, BLOOM, closed earlier this month, with successful participants scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks and further EOI opportunities.

To view and complete the EOIs for CATAPULT and Art Fair Exhibitor, which closes on Friday, 8 December 2023, visit CIAF’s Opportunities and Expressions of Interest page.

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