The Cairns Art Society is one of North Queensland’s oldest and largest community art organisations and was formed in 1931 to ‘promote an interest in art and where possible help individual artists to achieve their aims’. Over the years the Society’s annual art exhibition has become an important community event.
Each year the competitive annual exhibition attracts hundreds of submissions from local artists from which an independent panel of judges select the best entries for exhibition at the Cairns Art Gallery. The exhibition awards are made possible through the generousity of sponsors such as Marion Ireland, Warren Entsch, Tropical Art Framers, Cairns Create It, Australian Art Framers, High Scan, Sherry Jones and Ink Masters.
Awards and entry categories
Award for Best in Show: Marion Ireland Award (Open to any Category) Acquisitive $2,500
8 Highly Commended Awards
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