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UMI Arts is the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland.

Far North Queensland is an area that extends north of Cairns to include the Torres Strait Islands, south to Cardwell, west to Camooweal and includes the Gulf of Carpentaria and Mt Isa regions.

UMI Arts is a not-for-profit company managed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors.

UMI Arts was established in 2005 and its mission is to operate an Indigenous organisation that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the maintenance, preservation and protection of cultural identity.

UMI Arts also operates as the Cairns Indigenous Art Centre in order to provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who live and work in Cairns.


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UMI Arts is committed to bringing people together, sharing stories, respecting culture and doing things proper way. Our annual program of events and activities is about YOU and ME strengthening Indigenous cultural practices in Far North Queensland.

UMI Arts programs operate in Cairns and in-community and are about capacity building and developing artists and performers as both professional practitioners and active participants in community cultural development and revitalisation.

UMI Arts programs all aim to engage, motivate, inspire and promote a sense of relevance, confidence and interest through learning, doing and performing.

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UMI Arts has extensive facilities and equipment to support delivery of accredited and non-accredited training and professional development in a range of disciplines, including Visual Arts, Music, Film, Multi-Media, Indigenous Arts & Culture, Retail, Tourism, Event Management, Business and Training & Assessment.

Our facilities provide a friendly, professional hands-on learning environment as well as OH&S compliant classrooms with access to designated learner catering facilities and amenities.