CIAF and Arts Nexus join forces to launch NAIDOC celebrations in India  

[by Pip Miller]


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In celebration of NAIDOC week (6-11 November 2020), the Australian High Commission in India will host its first ever exhibition and event program showcasing Queensland’s Indigenous art and culture.


Through its Consulate-General in Chennai, a university city, it is anticipated that all students undertaking Australian studies will participate.


Presented by Arts Nexus in conjunction with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), the NAIDOC week exhibitions, feature art works from Indigenous art centres and independent artists of Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait. Artworks on show will be from the collections that formed CIAF’s

2020 climate change themed Art Fair and Undercurrents – Cook 2020 showcase.

In highlighting and observing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture and achievements, this year’s annual NAIDOC week carries the theme, ‘Always Was – Always Will Be’ encompassing connection to country, heritage and rightful ownership.


The NAIDOC exhibition and event program will be officially opened today from 4pm AEST with an online Welcome to Country ceremony from representatives of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Cairns Region. CIAF Chair, Tom Mosby, Artistic Director Janina Harding, and Australia’s High Commissioner to India, The Hon Barry O’Farrell AO, will be featured as part of the program.


CIAF Artistic Director Janina Harding said the opportunity to partner with Arts Nexus in presenting Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art and culture fits neatly within the organisation’s 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan to build international relationships, profile and awareness for Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture.


“This exciting online partnership will develop the great inroads made in August this year when CIAF presented its first digital program. The series of qualitative and quantitative outcomes that transpired underscored the importance of retaining an online presence for future events,” Ms Harding said.


Attendees can receive a videoconference link by emailing 


The exhibition and all other events will be live online for two weeks/three weekends, from 6- 22 November. For more, visit:


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