Umi Arts Stengthen Culture

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 and Mt Isa regions.

UMI Arts is a not-for-profit company managed by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors and is based in Cairns Queensland.

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 Indigenous artists who live and work in Cairns.

At the broadest level, UMI Arts' goal is to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices, including visual arts and crafts, dance, ceremony, story telling and music.

UMI is a Creole word that means 'You and Me' – for UMI Arts this is significant as we believe that we need to work together to keep our culture strong.

UMI Arts markets

Umi Arts Markets

Since their inception in 2009, the UMI Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Markets have proven to be extremely popular and gained recognition among many as the event to be attended! They are held on the Cairns Esplanade and also at UMI Arts on Sheridan Street Cairns where locals and visitors alike came together, to enjoy, learn about, and share in the celebration of authentic traditional and contemporary arts and culture in Far North Queensland.

Currently showcasing at UMI Arts


6 July - 11 August 2017