Previous Exhibitions


Natalia Mann - The Sonic Earth

Fri 8 Nov 2019 - Thu 14 Nov 2019

Listen. If all the world is vibration, then what does it sound like? If you can turn up silence, how do you play it?
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A Living Art - Cairns Bonsai Society

Sat 26 Oct 2019 - Sun 27 Oct 2019
Free

The 2019 Cairns Bonsai Society Exhibition and 30th Birthday, is a free community event welcoming all to experience the wonder and awe of this ancient living art – Bonsai....
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Pride Art 2019

Wed 16 Oct 2019 - Sun 03 Nov 2019
By donation

Celebrate Cairns and Far North Queensland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities and an eclectic range of self-expression ...
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Energy 2019

Fri 30 Aug 2019 - Mon 07 Oct 2019
Free

ENERGY is a presentation of visual art produced by school students across the region.
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Carme Dapena - Cairns Butterflies, Stages of Life

Tue 30 Jul 2019 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
Free

Carme Dapena Gonzàlez is a painter, calligrapher, engraver, and educator, based in Spain.
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Reasonable & Necessary - Prints and Artist Books by Artel Artists

Fri 26 Jul 2019 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
Free

Artel, CPL’s creative industries studio, supports the development of a positive and participatory cultural identity for people with profound and complex disabilities
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Our Journeys - Homeless to Housing Exhibition

Fri 26 Jul 2019 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
Free

This exhibition displays the work of artists with a lived experience of homelessness, depicting their stories and their journeys to housing.
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Joanne Sisson and Helen Braun - Preserve

Wed 24 Jul 2019 - Sun 18 Aug 2019
Free

Given the current era of environmental change, how do we interpret the natural living world of flora and fauna differently?
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Thancoupie Tribute - A Legacy of Cultural Power

Fri 5 Jul 2019 - Sun 21 Jul 2019
Free

Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO (1937-2011) was an exceptional pioneering artist, linguist, teacher and cultural leader from Napranum in Far North Queensland.
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Shaz Spannenburg - Sky Flowers

Fri 24 May 2019 - Thu 13 Jun 2019
Free

Some people chase storms, others chase eclipses. Cairns based photographer, Shaz Spannenburg chases fireworks.
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Pete Marshall, BVSC, SAA, AFC, AGRA - Birds of Cattana

Fri 24 May 2019 - Wed 12 Jun 2019
Free

Internationally recognized artist, Pete Marshall specialises in bird art and has travelled to remote and wild places around the world, researching material for her work.
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Cop's Day Off

Fri 24 May 2019 - Thu 13 Jun 2019
Free

See the diversity of passion and pursuits of over 60 Police Officers, from collecting honey to running a zoo, from doing yoga to running a marathon, from riding motor bik...
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Undersea Garden - Re-imagined Recycled Reef Exhibition

Tue 21 May 2019 - Sun 23 Jun 2019
Free

It’s a re-imaged reef made from recycled materials – all on dry land!
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Artists of the North - Cairns Art Society

Fri 5 Apr 2019 - Sun 05 May 2019
Free

Gathering its members and other artists from North Queensland, in one of the largest group exhibitions in the Cairns cultural calendar, Cairns Art Society presents their ...
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Flame.Visual - International Women's Day Exhibition

Sat 2 Mar 2019 - Mon 25 Mar 2019

FLAME is the exhibition outcome of a mentorship program to give young women experience in the professional arts industry.
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Robert and Tao Delves + One

Fri 1 Mar 2019 - Thu 21 Mar 2019

Father-daughter duo, Robert and Tao Delves undertake a six-week residency at the Tanks, practicing and teaching techniques in drawing and painting onto slip cast ceramics...
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Mitchell Burns - A Panaromic Vision

Fri 1 Feb 2019 - Sun 24 Feb 2019
Free

In A Panoramic Vision, Mitchell Burns shares the rewards of his patience, his years of learning and his many expeditions to striking locations around Australia.
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Cairns Artistic Photography - Social Shoot Soiree Series

Fri 1 Feb 2019 - Sun 24 Feb 2019
Free

The series is a unique and artsy skills exchange, merging themes from native Australian and Islander regions with Asian and European provinces.
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Charlie Drew - Different Minds and Other Creatures

Fri 1 Feb 2019 - Sun 24 Feb 2019
Free

Inspired by monsters, mythological beasts and extinct species, Charlie Drew reimagines and hybridises to create new creature forms.
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Alex Hiatt - Relationships On Paper

Fri 14 Dec 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019
Free

Alex Hiatt is an emerging artist with an astonishingly prolific output of work for one so young.
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Ian Hance - Kitschgrotesque

Fri 14 Dec 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019
Free

Kitschgrotesque addresses several questions concerning the concepts of humour as they pertain to the psyche of the population of the tropical north.
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Lynette Shaw - Scenes From My Youth

Fri 14 Dec 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019
Free

Lynette Shaw’s debut solo exhibition of works on paper and paintings references her familial heritage of generations lived in Cairns and on the Atherton Tablelands.
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The Age of Enjoyment - Oak Tree Art Group

Fri 14 Dec 2018 - Sun 20 Jan 2019
Free

Is The Age of Enjoyment an era in which we live, or an age in years? It can be either, or both.
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Song and Dance Photographic Exhibition

Fri 9 Nov 2018 - Sun 09 Dec 2018
Free

This exhibition is a Sister Cities collaboration between Cairns and Riga, Latvia, to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Latvia’s independence.
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Anna & Declan Delargy - From The Sky... Wings Over Abstract Colour Fields

Fri 9 Nov 2018 - Sun 09 Dec 2018
Free

For the first time, two of our much loved local artists, mother and son, Anna and Declan Delargy, show their work together in a duo exhibition.
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Linda Ash - The World is Turning

Fri 9 Nov 2018 - Sun 09 Dec 2018
Free

The World is Turning asks the viewer to reflect on our responsibility to the planet and to consider a spiritual, emotional and physical connection to nature.
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Tropical Gaze 2018 - Cairns Tropical Pride

Wed 10 Oct 2018 - Sun 04 Nov 2018
Free

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this rich and diverse collection, promises a lot of conversation.
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Energy 2018

Fri 31 Aug 2018 - Sun 30 Sep 2018
Free

A presentation of visual art produced by school students across the region.
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Inkmasters Print Exhibition 2018 by Inkmasters Cairns

Fri 27 Jul 2018 - Sun 19 Aug 2018
Free

The fourth biennial InkFest print exhibition features print-based works by regional, national and international artists.
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Pride in Authority - An Exhibition of Cultural Longevity

Fri 29 Jun 2018 - Tue 24 Jul 2018
Free

A major highlight of CIAF’s program of satellite exhibitions stemming from a collaboration between CIAF and three remote Aboriginal communities: Aurukun, Pormpuraaw and B...
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Donna Davis - Unseen

Fri 1 Jun 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018

Visual Arts Residency Program
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Hayley McCann - Still Process

Fri 1 Jun 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018
Free

‘Still Process’ is Hayley McCann’s first solo exhibition, a collection of original works using black ink and coloured pencil on paper, inspired by botanicals observed in ...
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Angela Meyer - Grammars of Ornament: Windows in Time

Fri 1 Jun 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018
Free

In this body of work Angela Meyer is interested in identity politics, disparity and unity in historical narratives and the tropical world as a place of abundant nature an...
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N.Q. Weaving 2018

Fri 1 Jun 2018 - Thu 14 Jun 2018
Free

During the exhibition and workshops the regions weavers and natural fibre crafters will showcase collaborative and interactive pieces with an emphasis on ecological and c...
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Artists of the North - Cairns Art Society

Fri 27 Apr 2018 - Sun 13 May 2018
Free

Annually the Cairns Art Society gathers together its members and other artists from Far North Queensland and presents the best of their art in one of the largest group ex...
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Mixed Blood - Contemporary Indigenous Cultural Expression

Fri 30 Mar 2018 - Sun 15 Apr 2018
Free

“Mixed Blood symbolises how the Indigenous people of Cairns today have such a dynamic, rich and varied Indigenous heritage.
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Marushka Kafka - So Much as a Backwards Glance

Fri 9 Feb 2018 - Tue 20 Mar 2018
Free

Marushka Kafka's solo exhibition - Winner of the Tanks Curator’s Award at the ENERGY 2017 exhibition.
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Jewish Life in Germany Today

Fri 9 Feb 2018 - Sun 25 Feb 2018
Free

This exhibition combines the historical and contemporary aspects of living as a member of the Jewish community in Germany.
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Sarah Jane Botham - Travelling Light

Fri 8 Dec 2017 - Tue 30 Jan 2018
Free

In Travelling Light, SJ Botham explores some of the world’s most iconic travel destinations using sculpture and hand-cut paper works as light stencils to create light dra...
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John Eaton - Locus Pocus

Fri 8 Dec 2017 - Tue 30 Jan 2018
Free

With a fascination for historical drawing techniques, Eaton took a particular interest in Alexander Cozen’s A New Method of Assisting the Invention in Drawing Original Co...
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Brian Cassey - A Photographer's Life - Part One

Fri 8 Dec 2017 - Tue 30 Jan 2018
Free

This exhibition bears witness to a life spent working in the photographic industry.
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Francoise Lane and Christy Van Der Heyden - Fusing Sands

Fri 24 Nov 2017 - Sun 14 Jan 2018
Free

Desert meets Island to explore diversity through design.
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Big Design

Fri 10 Nov 2017 - Sun 03 Dec 2017
Free

Big Design provides a pathway for young people to imagine and create public artworks in celebration of the Commonwealth Games 2018.
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The Power of Pallets Exhibition and Fundraiser

Fri 3 Nov 2017 - Sun 19 Nov 2017

An exhibition of art and furniture, made entirely of up-cycled timber pallets, donated for auction by local individuals, groups, tradesmen, businesses and schools.
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Hannah Parker and Claire Freer - After Hinchinbrook: A Year in the Making

Fri 3 Nov 2017 - Sun 03 Dec 2017
Exhibition FREE

In October last year, Claire Freer and Hannah Parker walked for 6 days on Hinchinbrook Island. Hannah took a purse size palette of watercolours and postcard size paper. ...
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Karen Argus - When will the rain come?

Fri 3 Nov 2017 - Sun 03 Dec 2017
Free

This exhibition has been created in a picture book style and asks us to question our thoughts and ideas about toads.
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Elizabeth Hunter - Momento Mori: Art, Death and the Afterlife

Fri 27 Oct 2017 - Sun 12 Nov 2017
Free

Local printmaker and installation artist Elizabeth Hunter has been working for the last four years, making pieces for a special celebration of The Day of The Dead.
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Tropical Gaze 2017 Art Exhibition

Fri 6 Oct 2017 - Sun 29 Oct 2017
Free

Stimulate your senses with Tropical North Queensland's most exhilarating art.
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Hike 'N' Bike - Wet Tropics Wild Exposure Exhibition

Tue 29 Aug 2017
Free

Be immersed in ancient rainforests and discover the beauty of the region.
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Regular Rick, Centacare & Cairns Community - #wearecairns

Fri 4 Aug 2017 - Tue 22 Aug 2017
Free

A celebration of the people of Cairns with a focus on the unique level of diversity within our region.
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Family Values - CIAF Satellite Exhibition

Mon 3 Jul 2017 - Wed 19 Jul 2017

Family Values is an honest and authentic portrayal of contemporary family life, relating to the 2017 Curated Art Fair theme of FAMILY VALUES.
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Jane Dennis - Sushi Train

Fri 2 Jun 2017 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

For her first major solo exhibition at the Tanks, Jane Dennis brings a sumptuous offering of raw fish prints.
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Ian Smith & Glen O'Malley - Three Foot Six, the Sunlander

Fri 2 Jun 2017 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

This exhibition records Queensland rail heritage and captures the high and low energy and excitement associated with trains and rail travel.
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Cultural Collective: Looking Forward, Looking Back - Selected works from the Kenny Bedford Collection, curated by Brian Robinson

Wed 31 May 2017 - Wed 19 Jul 2017
Free

For 25 years, Torres Strait Islander, Kenny Bedford has been collecting the art of his people.
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Priscilla Ong - City Faces of 100 years

Fri 28 Apr 2017 - Sun 28 May 2017

Priscilla presents a portrait of a city as diverse as it gets.
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Artists of the North 2017 - Cairns Art Society

Fri 7 Apr 2017 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

The theme for the 12th Artists of the North exhibition, “Hot, wet and steamy in the tropics”
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Elizabeth Sutton - Seventeen Years at Home

Fri 17 Feb 2017 - Tue 28 Mar 2017

Elizabeth Sutton Exhibition
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Doc's Day Off

Fri 3 Feb 2017 - Sat 04 Mar 2017

Doc's Day Off Exhibition
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Mimi Tannaka - Unplugged Photographs

Fri 3 Feb 2017 - Sat 04 Mar 2017

Mimi Tannaka - Unplugged Photographs Exhibition
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