How we see and experience life in tropical Far North Queensland continues to be a source of inspiration for artists – those who live here, and those who are passing through or who have spent time working in our region.
The exhibition connects different historical and contemporary narratives relating to the people, landscape, architecture and industries that have shaped people’s lives and cultural identity in three distinct regions – Cairns and its surrounds, Cape York and the Torres Straits.
The Gallery’s Permanent Collection comprises more than seven hundred historical and contemporary works acquired, donated and commissioned since the mid 1990’s that focus on the cultural heritage of Far North Queensland. A feature of the exhibition is a painting by Isaac Walter Jenner, 1897, that represents a pearling station in the Torres Straits, and is the oldest work in the Collection.
The Cairns Art Gallery acknowledges the Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji and Yirrganydji as the Traditional Owners of the area today known as Cairns. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, names or voices of deceased persons in photographs, film or text.