Senator "blown away" by indigenous art fair

The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has the potential to become a major international event, according to Senator Ian Macdonald who was part of the official opening ceremony at the four-day Fair last night (SUBS: THURSDAY, JULY 24).

“I must say I’ve been blown away by the quality and diversity of the artworks on display this year,” Senator Macdonald told the hundreds of people who attended the opening ceremony.

“It’s great to see the artists’ obvious pride in their culture being reflected on canvas and in other art forms.”

Senator Macdonald noted that there was increasing interest from overseas in the annual event and predicted that the Fair would become a major tourist attraction.

“In the five years since CIAF commenced, over 65,000 people have attended the Fair,” he said.

“Over $2.4 million worth of indigenous art has been sold and I’m delighted to see a number of red dots already appearing on the artworks on display here tonight.

“This is great news for the Cairns economy as well as remarkable showcase of our indigenous culture and talent,” he said.

This year’s four-day CIAF (July 24-27) showcases original artworks by more than 300 Aboriginal and Islander artists from all over Australia.

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