Cairns Regional Council's Tanks Arts Centre was recognised as an Engagement category Finalist in the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAAMA) for its outstanding Indigenous art exhibition.
The "Freedom of Expression: Indigenous Art from Queensland Correctional Centres" was held in July 2016, showing Indigenous prisoners’ artworks from four correctional centres.
It was the first State-wide exhibition of its scale and profile in Queensland. Held as a satellite exhibition to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, it attracted an audience of 3300 visitors, collectors and curators.
The exhibition was co‐curated by Tanks Arts Centre Curator, Chris Stannard and CIAF Artistic Director, Janina Harding.
The GAMAA are presented by Museums & Galleries Queensland to honour the achievements of individuals and organisations in striving towards excellence. The awards are open to all Queensland public/non-commercial museums, galleries, historical societies, keeping places and other related cultural organisations and the individuals who work in them. Entries are judged by a panel of industry peers, representing large and small, regional and metropolitan organisations, and paid and volunteer staff.