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

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75th Cairns Art Society Annual Art Awards 2023

at Cairns Art Gallery until 12 February.

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.  This year's award winners are:

Ron & Marion Ireland Open Award for Best in Show

Winner:     Carole King - Wooroolin Wetland


Michael Healy MP Award for Best Acrylic Painting:

Winner: Jacky Elms - Wall of cages                           

Highly Commended:  Christine Young- Great Egret in Flight;

                                       Vicki Williams - Crystal Cascades;

                                      Jeanette Sellwood - This Moment


Halpin Partners Award for Best Oil Painting:

Winner: Zita Sudnika - Tony and his friend “Sleek”        

Highly Commended:   Jori Poutanen - Golden Morning

                                         Mikyung Coates – Sunlight (Hope)


Omni Builders Award for Best Mixed Media Painting:

Winner: Marita D’Arcy -  Shreejal         

Highly Commended:     Rose Knight - Tinaroo Dusk

                                          Carole King - Wooroolin Wetland

Cairns Hardware Award for Best Sculpture:

Winner: Sam Matthews - Pocket 12 “Quiet”                    

Highly commended: Luisa Manea - Aphrodite Exposed


Cairns Art Society Award for Best Drawing:

Winner:  Joanne Bingham - Draught Horse                    

Highly commended:    = Lyn Bartolo - Soulmates


Cairns Art Society Award for Best Watercolour:

Winner:  Joanne Bingham - A Comfortable Perch           

Highly commended:  Delia Gilligan - Ella


Cairns Art Society Award for Best Print, including Digital:

Winner:  Mark Cochrane - Kangaroo Mob                        

Highly commended:   Buck Richardson - Moths in Mosteroscope


Cairns Art Society Unpackers Prize:

Carole King – Wooroolin Wetland


Highscan People’s Choice Prize:  Winner to be announced  at end of exhibition

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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   

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Winner of Humanity category -

Mythos by Johann Montet

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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