BANA YIRRIJI ART CENTRE CLOSEd until further notice

Dear friends, We regret to inform you that our art centre will remain closed until further notice. Although we are grateful that everyone is safe and floodwaters are receding, our building has also been impacted. At this time, we are unable to determine the extent of the damage and it may take some time before…

Exciting new developments in the studio!

Bana Yirrji Art Centre welcomed back art centre specialist and facilitatorEdwina Circuitt. Over three weeks, artists elevated their creative practice bylearning new painting techniques and developing their conceptual ideas. Our staff also worked alongside Edwina, learning best practice studiomanagement, including mixing colour palettes, stretching linen, storing andcaring for materials, pricing artworks, photography and gallery installation….


Bana Yirriji Art Centre is incredibly proud of artist Sonya Creek for being awarded one of three Cairns Art Gallery 2022 Artist Fellowship Awards along with Monique Burkhead and Tommy Pau. Selected by Ellie Buttrose, Curator of Contemporary Australian Art, QAGOMA, each winner will receive a grant of $7,500 to develop a new body of work for…


Aboriginal Contemporary Gallery, in association with Bana Yirriji Art Centre, proudly presents, Dikal, Mili & Kiju: New Paintings from Wujal Wujal We are excited about our forthcoming exhibition in Sydney featuring Lila Creek, Anne Nunn, Josie Olbar and emerging artist Doreen Collins. DETAILS Aboriginal Contemporary Gallery 254 Bronte Road, Waverley NSW 2024 Opens 3rd December…


We are super proud of Bana Yirriji Art Centre artist Sonya Creek for winning this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 𝘌𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘈𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 sponsored by Apunipima Cape York Health Council for Milli & Yunga, 2022. For more details see:

Masters of CountrY EXHibition – CIAF 2022

Bana Yirriji Art Centre artists have been busy creating a new collection of innovative artworks for the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair's Masters of Country exhibition. Anne Nunn painting her Kubal Kababina (brolga and water lilies) 2022. Photo Edwina Circuitt We have been experimenting with a new pastel palette created with locally found and processed earth...

Nyungu Bubu: Stories from our CountrY exhibition

Bana Yirriji Art Centre in association with NorthSite proudly presents: Nyungu Bubu: Stories from our Country OPENING: 29 JUNE — 10 SEPTEMBER 2022 @ NorthSite Gallery 96 Abbott Street, CairnsQueensland 4870Australia Bana Yirriji Art Centre is located in Wujal Wujal Community the following artists will be featured at NorthSite during CIAF 2022. LILA CREEK |…

Cairns Indigenous art fair 2022

Bana Yirriji Art Centre’s artists are busily creating a series of new artworks. They are experimenting with concepts and mediums. The artworks will be showcased in this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Exhibition. This year, the Art Fair’s exhibition theme is Masters of Country- An artistic celebration of Queensland First Peoples’ knowledge and resourcefulness of…

IACA News Goes Digital

Bana Yirriji Art Centre’s peak body IACA (Indigenous Art Centre Alliance, FNQ) has just released its latest news magazine online. Stylishly designed with a new easy scroll layout, the February 2022 edition is now available.  In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and with consideration for the unfolding pandemic IACA is moving all of its publications to online platforms. …

Indigenous Art Centre Guide for Far North Queensland

IACA’s comprehensive guide to Indigenous Art Centres in FNQ is now available as a downloadable PDF document. Learn more about the diversity of cultures and arts across this amazing region. See:

Belonging: Stories from Far North Queensland Publication

The Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) is the peak body that supports, trains, promotes and advocates for remote Queensland art centres. IACA has partnered with the National Museum of Australia (NMA) to present the exhibition Belonging; Stories from Far North Queensland in Canberra in 2022. To accompany this exhibition and coinciding with its tenth anniversary,…

Bana Yirriji Artists Shine in this year’s CIAF Fashion Performance

Earlier this year we invited amazing textile artist and designer Lynelle Flinders back to Bana Yirriji Art Centre to work with our talented artists. During Lynelle’s workshop, artists created stunning hand-painted silk fabrics which were then made into our signature kaftan range. We are so excited our artist’s beautiful fabrics were showcased in this year’s…

CIAF 2021 ‘Sacred’ Exhibition Artworks Available Online 10th November 2021 @ 6pm!

Bana Yirriji Art Centre is excited to share the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2021 program. See Our beautiful earth pigment paintings will be available via the CIAF Online Store from the 10th November until December 19. Link

Belonging Artworks Acquired by National Museum of Australia

Bana Yirriji Art Centre artist’s paintings produced during the IACA Belonging Arts Development workshops have been acquired and will be exhibited at the National Museum of Australia in 2022. We are thrilled that our artist’s artworks and important stories will be seen by national and international audiences. For more information about the Belonging Project

Daintree National Park returned to Eastern Kuku Yalanji people

Published Wednesday, 29 September 2021 at 01:00 PM JOINT STATEMENT 160,000 hectares returned on path to reconciliation Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsThe Honourable Craig Crawford Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth AffairsThe Honourable Meaghan Scanlon More…

Bana Yirriji Artists Featured: Where’s Your Permit? Exhibition

CIAF 2021 in association with Tanks Art Centre presents: Where’s Your Permit?  Bana Yirriji Art Centre is proud to announce our artists Lila Creek and Florence William’s paintings are featured in CIAF 2021 satellite exhibition: Where’s your permit? DETAILS Tanks Art Centre, Cairns 7 August to 22 August 2021 Artworks available – ABOUT Australian…

CIAF 2021: New works from Bana Yirriji artists set to feature in ‘Sacred’ exhibition

Bana Yirriji Art Centre artist’s beautiful earth pigment paintings will be featured in this year’s Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s SACRED exhibition. DETAILS Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Exhibition Artworks available for sale online 10th Nov – 10th Dec 2021 :


Weavings created by Bana Yirriji Art Centre and Hopevale Arts Centre artists during the recent IACA & NMA Cultural Connections Women’s Weaving workshop.


Anne Nunn painting her Kunjuri (shield) design during our recent earth pigment workshop.

Endeavour Voyage: National Museum of Australia’s Exhibition Catalogue. Now Available

Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians exhibition explored views from the ship and shore on the 250th anniversary of the 1770 journey. BUY ONLINE NOW The story of James Cook and 1770 marks the first moment of British contact with the east coast of the continent we now know as Australia. It…

National Museum of Australia: Cultural Connections Workshop

The Endeavour by Daniel Gordon, acrylic paint on locally found rainforest driftwood.

This piece is one of Bana Yirriji Art Centre’s artists driftwood works currently on display in the National Museum of Australia’s exhibition – Endeavour Voyage: The Untold Stories of Cook and the First Australians.

Driftwood Artworks Feature in Endeavour Exhibition

Bana Yirriji Art Centre artists were invited to participate in the National Museum of Australia’s Cultural Connections workshops. We worked closely with the museum’s curator Shona Coyne and facilitator Edwina Circuitt. We went through Cook and Bank’s journal entries about the Endeavour ship hitting the reef off Weary Bay and thought about what our ancestors…

IACA Belonging Arts Development Workshop Success

New Beginnings In 2018, Bana Yirriji Art Centre artists participated in the Indigenous Art Centre Alliance (IACA) on-the-ground arts development program facilitated by Edwina Circuitt. The three-week arts development workshop extended artists’ creative practice and helped elevate our studio management practices.  We now have secured access to high-quality materials and technical expertise via Chapman &…