Cairns Art Society runs two major exhibitions a year for the regional art community.


at Tanks Art Centre, 28 March to 2 May 2022.

This collaboration between Cairns Art Society and the Cairns Regional Council once again produced a very successful exhibition, with 70  artists from across North Queensland showing a total of 145 paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture, and strong visitor numbers and sales. 

Winner of the Crystalbrook Award for Best Work in the optional

   Humanity category:    Johann Montet for Mythos

Highly commended:

  • Cindy Higgins for Eve

  • Yvonne Hering for Reunion

  • Vicky Williams for Hope is Light

  • Helen Hume with Man and his Dog

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Winner of the Cairns Art Society prize for People's Choice

     Cindy Higgins for Eve

    Top runners-up were:

  • Vickie Williams for Hope is Light

  • Rose Knight for Chillagoe Night

  • Johann Montet for Mythos

  • Vickie Williams for My Place

  • Christine Young for Dolphin Fun

  • Phil Rooney for Mist Mountain Refuge

  • Heidi Fischer for Balance and Harmony

  • Christine Young for Fly Away

  • Di Sant for Giday Mate

  • Carole King for Bayside

  • Luisa Manea for Rococo

Winner of Humanity category -

Mythos by Johann Montet

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People's Choice winner and Highly Commended -

Eve by Cindy Higgins

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Cr Bob Manning, Mayor of Cairns, opening the exhibition, with Eunice McAllister, Exhibition co-ordinator

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74th Cairns Art Society Annual Art Awards 2022at Cairns Art Gallery 18 February to 6 March 2022

Cairns Art Society's flagship annual event, the Awards are a collaboration between Cairns Art Society and the Cairns Art Gallery, and supported by the local businesses and organisations that fund the individual Awards, which enable regional artists to have their works judged professionally and exhibited in the prestigious gallery. 

Award winners:

  • Ron and Marion Ireland Open Award  - Winner:  Lorraine Amadio, with Ross 'n Locke Crossing.

  • Cairns Cars Award for Best Oil Painting - Winner: Zita Sudnika, with Magical Silence. 

        Highly Commended: Julia Kearins for Union Lane #1; Jori Poutanen for Freshwater Creek

        Mitchell River, After The Rain and Old Rusty Windmill in Outback;  William Wakefield for Quiet. 

  • Halpin Partners Award for Best Acrylic Painting.  Winner, Didi La Baysse with Living in Harmony. 

        Highly commended: Steve Crowe with Dawn at the Daintree River, Steven Jansen with At Home with Ian Byford;

  • Michael Healy MP Award for Best Watercolour Painting.  Winner: Maree Henricksen, with Tawny Frogmouth.    Highly commended:  Lyn Bartolo with Lockdown Reflections.

  • ​Cairns Hardware Best 3D Artwork:  Winner:  Luisa Manea with Ink.  

        Highly commended:  Sally Moroney with Driftwood Basket; Rose Knight with Fritz.

  • ​Omni Builders Award for Best Mixed Media Painting.  Winner: Sally Moroney with Wetlands Morning. 

        Highly commended:  Jeni Bullock with 2022 The Great Escape, Molly Duncan with Leaving the Alhambra.

  • .Cairns Art Society Award for Best Abstract Painting.  Winner:  Declan Delargy with Revised Red. 

  • Tropical North Framing Award for Best Work on Paper.  Winner:  Sheryl J Burchill with Inheritance Vessel. Highly commended:  Kathy Small with Nutz;  Luisa Manea with Opera.

  • ​Earth People Award for Best Digital Artwork.  Winner:  Eunice McAllister with Understory I.              

  • Highly commended:  Mark Cochrane with Hoarders House; Buck Richardson with Mothematical Mandala; Jason Blee with Sound of her Voice.

  •  Artists@Work Studio & Gallery Unpackers Prize.  Winner: Rose Knight with It Comes in Waves

  • High Scan People's Choice Award - Winner:  Rose Knight with It Comes in Waves 

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