The Cairns Art Society 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 exhibition has become an important community event and has profiled the work of hundreds of local artists.
During the year the Cairns Art Society plays an active role in the cultural life of Cairns by providing workshops, master classes and activities such as ARTescape, and Winter Art School in the Tropics.
Each year the competitive annual exhibition attracts hundreds of submissions from local artists from which an independent panel of judges select approximately sixty of the best entries for exhibition at the Cairns Art Gallery. The exhibition opening is a gala event at which an independent judge announces a number of award winners across a range of categories.