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ciaf-winnerCongratulations to the Wik and Kugu Art Centre for the winning the Cairns Regional Art Centre Award and to Garry Namponan for winning the Premier’s Award for Excellence at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk presented the award to Mr Namponan at CIAF in recognition of the most outstanding work at the Fair.

“Established in 2009, CIAF continues to grow and evolve, with the introduction of the popular art market in 2015, and this year my government has bolstered its support for the Fair, partnering with CIAF to create the Premier’s Award for Excellence as part of its inaugural art awards,” the Premier said.

“The judging panel selected Mr Namponan for his body of work which shows an exceptional quality and narrative that transitions from sculpture through to painting.

“Mr Namponan is renowned for his Ku’ (Camp Dog) sculptures and abstracted painted canvases and will receive $15,000 to support the continued development of his art practice.”