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

Creation Story

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.

Business Enterprise

UMI Arts has the capacity to support delivery of non-accredited training and professional development in a range of artforms, including Visual Arts, Indigenous Arts & Culture, Retail, and Business.

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

UMI Arts also has a Mobile Training unit (UMI Walk About Training Unit) that can take workshops to you in your communities to support in-community delivery of training and professional development.