Welcome to Cairns Art Society

Cairns Art Society (CAS) is one of North Queensland's oldest and largest community art organisations.  A not-for-profit association, it supports not only a large membership but the region's artists in general, with exhibitions, classes and competitions.  

It operates two member-run art galleries and a working artist studio, whilst also partnering with the Cairns Regional Council and many local businesses to bring high quality local art to the community and visitors.

Members meet monthly at 5.30pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Artists@work Studio & Gallery, 29 Sheridan Street, Cairns. Visitors are welcome.  NEXT MEETING: Thursday 11 February at 5.30 pm


15-30 January 2021 at Cairns Art Gallery

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Delivery of selected artworks: Local entries: Tue 12 Jan (9-1pm).   Distant entries: by 13 Jan (5pm)

The awards presentation on 15 January at the Cairns Art Gallery, is now open to 100 people, by booking only.

​​Awards and entry categories

Award for Best in Show:  Marion Ireland Award (Open to any Category) Acquisitive $2,500

8 Highly Commended Awards - details to be advised.

Entry categories

Warren Entsch Award: Best Oil Painting – Any subject. Non–Acquisitive $500

Tropical Art Framers Award: Best Watercolour Painting- Any Subject. Non–Acquisitive $500

Warren Entsch Award: Best Acrylic Painting - Any Subject. Non-Acquisitive $500

Cairns Create It Award: Best Mixed Media Painting- Other - Any Subject. Non–Acquisitive – choice of art materials to value of $500

Australian Art Framers Award: Best Drawing – Any Subject (Colour Pencil, Charcoal, Graphite, Pen and Ink, Pastel Pencils, Conte). Non–Acquisitive $500

High Scan Award: Best Computer Manipulated/Generated/Digital Artwork - Any Subject. Non–Acquisitive $500

Sherry Jones Best 3D Artwork Award - Any Subject. Acquisitive  - $1,000

Ink Masters Award - Best Printmaking Artwork - Any Subject (Etching, Lithograph, Silk Screen, Wood Block, Aqua Tint) - Any Subject. Non-Acquisitive $500


Looking for some art for your home or a unique gift


looking for somewhere to sell your art?

CAS's two member-run galleries offer a wide range of artworks, and have regular member exhibitions.

Some members will also do commissioned pieces.

Looking for art lessons?

CAS members run regular drawing and painting classes and courses, and also workshops. 

Current classes

Sheran Barton runs weekday painting classes at the Artists@work Studio & Gallery, currently Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Seeking art exhibitions and competitions to enter?

CAS usually runs two major art exhibitions and awards every year, that  all artists can enter.

CAS members get together for monthly meetings, and organise all the society's activities. 

Members run both galleries in a comfortable and sociable environment.

Members also receive discounts on exhibition entries and art supplies, and information about exhibition opportunities with other organisations.

Just want to meet other artists?

Interior Design Studio

The exhibition will be open in the Cairns Art Gallery for public viewing from 16 January 2021.

Close of Exhibition: 5pm Saturday 30 January

Collection of artworks not acquired or sold:   Mon 1 Feb (1-5pm), or Tue 2 Feb (9-11am)

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