Local Artists

JUTE Theatre Company

JUTE Theatre Company

JUTE passionately engages others in the telling of new stories that stimulate the mind, revitalise the spirit & lift the heart. Est. in Cairns in 1992, JUTE Theatre is a significant regional theatre company driving the development, co-production, national and international touring of contemporary...

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David Stacey Gallery

David Stacey has studied Fine Arts and dedicated his life to depicting the lush wilderness of Far North Queensland through his illustrations and paintings. David is an artist of genuine repute, his name is synonymous with the genre of fine art; the work speaks for itself. Recently David has been pub...

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Daniel Stacey Photography

As a photographer in Cairns, I enjoy capturing life & love in Cairns, the Far North Queensland & beyond. There are significant moments in everyone’s life that deserve to be captured, and I am passionate about capturing those moments through photography. Done well, emotions, personalities and sentim...

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North Site Contemporary Arts

KickArts Contemporary Arts Ltd

Located in the central business district of Cairns, in the Centre of Contemporary Arts, North Site Contemporary Arts is a key destination for local and tourist visitors alike who wish to experience the vibrant contemporary visual culture of Tropical North Queensland. North Site Contemporary Arts is...

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Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct

The Yarrabah Arts Precinct is made up of the Art Centre and Menmuny Museum. The Art Centre is a dynamic space for local artists to undertake the many local art forms and cultural activities including ceramics, painting, weaving, arts and craft, textiles and is available for bookings by the public or...

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The Cultural Centre pty ltd

A company with multiple businesses underneath covering all lot of different grounds and striking to expand

Wild Art Tiles

Wild Art Tiles

These quality hand printed tiles are only available exclusively from Wild Art Tiles. If you require unique and quality tiles that will add a distinctive style to your home, then look no further.All the original artwork featured on the tiles and murals has been created by well-known Australian Wildli...

Emu Ridge Gallery

Emu Ridge Gallery

Emu Ridge Gallery is the most photographed attraction in all of Kuranda, famous for our fossils and gemstone museum and also our star attraction of the only Queensland life-sized Allosaurus! A perfected 9 meter replica of the Allosaurus entangled around the staircase shared and loved by many peopl...

The FacePainters and Balloon Benders

Awesome Airogami, pumped airheads got gas

Free Quotes, FacePainters and World Body Artists, Body Art Baby Bumps, Baby Showers, Body Casting, FacePainting Special Packages, FacePainters Kids Party, Face Painters Corporate Parties Cairns QLD, Awesome Airogami - the skillful art of Balloon Bending - Twisting Creative Sculptures, Balloon Be...

Daniella Jones Wildlife Artist

Daniella Jones Wildlife Artist

Daniella Jones has been creating artworks for over 20 years and her artwork is shown in many exhibitions and galleries. She has studied and successfully gained her Certificate III in Illustration, Certificate III in Photography and Certificate IV in Advanced Digital Design. On completing her studie...

UMI Arts

UMI Arts has a great gift shop. Come in and visit us.

Red Chair Gallery

ALL Original Artworks: sculpture, jewellery, paintings, drawings, prints, mosaic work, crafts, handbags, handmade garments, gifts all made by local Cairns artists.

David Stephen Hodges

Local author and writer

Ian Stephens Fine Art Gallery

Ian Stephens Fine Art Gallery

Established in 1993, Ian Stephens Fine Art Gallery showcases a diverse collection of original artwork and prints depicting the scenery and fauna of Far North Queensland and Australia. A wide selection of handcrafted jewellery, glass, ceramics, sculpture and handpainted silks are also available at t...

Doongal Gallery

Doongal Gallery

Established in 1993, Doongal Aboriginal Art Gallery has expanded to 3 galleries in Cairns and Kuranda and now represents over 20 local Aboriginal Rainforest Artists. Doongal Aboriginal Art is also a showcase of more than 150 internationally renown Central Australian artists. Gallery director Mr Noo...

Rose Rigley Artist

I am a Cairns-based visual artist in my fifth year of practice. My artwork is driven by concept and process as I focus on the human condition with particular emphasis on the nuances of memory, the narratives of the everyday and the universal in the personal. Utilising a range of media – artist books...

Tanks Arts Centre

Tanks Arts Centre

Tanks Arts Centre is situated in the Cairns Botanic Gardens precinct, the centre is an iconic and innovative, multi-use, contemporary arts facility creatively housed in three converted World War 2 naval oil storage tanks, and set amidst a lush rainforest backdrop.

Cairns and Region Multicultural Association - CARMA

CARMA is an independent multicultural community organisation established in March 2002 to assist community groups in Cairns and the surrounding Region.

Julie Poulsen Artist

or Julie Poulsen, everyday narratives provide the starting point and word play drives the momentum. Sequential to producing artwork, Poulsen writes to validate her ideas. This literary honing feeds, simplifies and substantiates, paving the way for rigorous experimentation. Born and educated in Br...

About Local Artists For Cairns


Artworks in public spaces in Cairns are an important expression of our creative diversity and reflect our unique society. 

Cairns Esplanade has some new public art that has recently been unveiled.  

"Wind Blown Leaves" by Roland Nancarrow 
by Dominic Johns
and "Horizon Line" by Kevin Mayo.

"TELESCOPUS" a large mosaic shell sculpture that is designed in the shape of a shell that is commonly found in the mangroves and inter tidal mudflats around Cairns.  The sculpture has been created using iridescent mosaic glass tiles and Chillagoe marble.  Chillagoe is a very small marble producing township located in the outback about 4 hours drive west of Cairns. 

The spiral shape of the shell and design of the phosphorescent tile reflects the sky and lights up in the sunshine and moonlight without the use of power.  This really is a very pretty sculpture and something that we are very proud of.  It makes a very nice backdrop for photos and is located very close to the Floriana Guesthouse and the Cairns Base Hospital on the esplanade. 

"WINDBLOWN LEAVES" is a Roland Nancarrow creation and is a freestanding steel sculpture with a resilient ‘new leaf’ standing erect from the windblown leaves surrounding the base.  Roland Nancarrow is inspired by local heliconia tropical flowers and has created many beautiful public art works.  This sculpture also reflects the nautical shapes of sails and boats often seen in Trinity Inlet.    

"HORIZON LINES" by Kevin Mayo are two sculptures in the shape of a boat stood on end with human figures cut-out within the boat shape.  The Dancer and The Swimmer are the shapes that have been cut out. 

These sculptures are all within an easy walking distance of the Cairns Base Hospital on the foreshore of the Northern end of the Cairns esplande. 

Other examples of Public Art within easy walking distance of the central tourist precinct are:

"JELLY BABIES" at the Centre of Contemporary Arts created by Sophie Cadman.

"Gilbert, Oliver, Penelope, Roxanne and Yasmin" is the title of this work and was created using fibreglass and acrylic paint. 

The delicious Jelly Babies are a very popular backdrop for many holiday snaps in Cairns.  Each jelly baby is equal in its form but has its own individual colour and is recognised and enjoyed regardless of age or culture as lollies! 

This is a great celebration of art and is a signature peice that identifies the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns.  This is located on the corner of Abbott and Florence Sts. 

"WOVEN FISH" in the Esplanade Swimming lagoon created by Brian Robinson

Woven Fish was commissioned by the Cairns City Council and the Queensland Government for the Cairns Esplanade Redevelopment completed in 2003.  These recognisable woven fish are a standout feature of the Esplanade swimming lagoon and gleam in the sunlight making them the most photographed distinguishing feature of our Cairns esplanade swimming lagoon.   

"THE INNER CIRCLE" at the Reef Fleet Terminal created by Jill Chism

This fired paper clay and resin sculptural work is a play with form and space using circle rings of Paper clay embossed from imprints from clothing and text from Taoist and Buddist literature. 

"BAYBARU" on the boardwalk near the Marlin Marina created by Paul Johnson

These very interesting organic stainless steel and copper sculptural forms have been inspired by the sea anemome of the reefs and the funnel-net fish traps (baybaru) of the indigenous people.  These sculptures come to life at night with fibre-optic lighting. 

"CAIRNS" in 3 parts was created in 2001 by Jill Chism and David Campbell

This work was created during the City Place Revitalisation programme.  This stainless steel and phot-etched sculptural work is in 3 parts and is near the childrens playpark in the City Place.  The shape of this work makes a semi-abstract association with the mountains surrounding our city.  The photos are dupicates of the historical images from the Cairns Museum collection.  

"HISTORICAL BROOCH:SCHOOL OF ARTS was created in 2001 by Peter Thompson

These panels of screen-printed vitreous ceramic are a reflection of the School of Arts history and architectural significance. 

"BUSH MEDICINE, REEF FIGURE, DILLLY was created in 2002 by Arone Meeks

Arone Meeks has created many beautiful public art works in the Cairns region.  These three sculptural figures were created for the Cairns Base Hospital Redevelopment in 2002 and are inspired by indigenous forms and patterns using cut out painted steel. 

"TROPICAL BENCHES" was created by various work for the dole participants and managed by Dominic Johns

During the revitalisation programme of the city area during 2002, 2003 and 2004 working in a partnership with local unemployed people Dominic Johns inspired the artists and participants to create 85 square metres of handpainted and fired ceramic mosaic tiles depicting colourful tropical thems of North Queensland.  These tiles now form a series of 12 bench seats constructed along Shields Street heading from the City Place to Cairns Central.  

"TANKS ART CENTRE" was a project that was undertaken in the early 1990's that turned old oil storage tanks into spaces for performance and events.  This cultural precinct holds markets at times as well as outdoor movies in the evenings.  At the time of the original redevelopment many Powdercoated steel webbed fencing and sculptural pieces were created all around the centre.  This area is currently undergoing a new redevelopment but the original iron work is still intact.