The UMI Arts Gallery in Manoora, Cairns, holds five exhibitions every year featuring the artwork and crafts of our talented member artists. Each exhibition has a different theme and rationale, and showcases artists at different stages of their artistic career, from emerging to established. All gallery artworks are available for viewing and purchase in the online shop, and you can also view past exhibition catalogues below!



Open to all members; works in any medium

EOIs close: 2 Feb 2024

Exhibition Opening: March 2024


First Nations Youth Exhibition. Open to First Nations youth in cairns & surrounds; works in any medium.

EOIs close: 12 April 2024

Exhibition Opening May 2024


Open to established and senior members; works in any medium

EOIs close: 24 May 2024

Exhibition Opening July 2024 

current Exhibtion

 the summer show

With over new 45+ pieces collected in the UMI Arts gallery, created by 19 ouf our member artists, ‘The Summer Show’ is a colourful celebration of First Nations culture and the incredibly diverse environment we experience here in the Far North. Paintings on canvas and bark, multi-media sculptures, and a line of beautiful polymer clay jewelery inspired by the nature. Come along to give your eyes a treat, support our local First Nations artists, and maybe pick up a unique Christmas gift for someone special ! 😉
Exhibition open 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday 
10 November 2023- 23 February 2024
Please note the UMI Arts Gallery will be closed from
15 December 2023- 15 January 2024


Past Exhibtions

freshwater saltwater

7 July – 31 August 2023

UMI Arts are pleased to present our tenth annual Freshwater Saltwater exhibition, showcasing the rich diversity and artistic talent of Far North Queensland’s artists. Freshwater Saltwater is a curated group exhibition for new major artworks created by our most senior and established member artists. Featuring 18 artworks in a range of mediums by nine of the region’s best-known artists, Freshwater Saltwater has already attracted the attention of art lovers and collectors and is your chance for first views and bids for significant artworks.

Featured Artists:


Natasha DAVUI


Shirley ‘Yumala’ COLLINS



Susan REYS


Kassandra SAVAGE

Rosie WARE

culture through our eyes

first nations youth exhibtion 

26 May – 26 June 2023


‘Culture Through our Eyes’ is the second annual First Nations youth exhibition @ UMI Arts Gallery, showcasing the talent and creativity of the young people of the region. 15 young artists have created a colourful collection of works on canvas, inspired by their own homelands, culture and experience.

You & Me

10 March – 5 May 2023

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.

‘You & Me’ is UMI Arts’ annual members exhibition, which kicks off the new year by celebrating the rich artistic diversity of our talented members, presenting a collection of new works from First Nations artists, both emerging and established. In 2023, fourteen artists have come together from across Far North Queensland to contribute to this celebration of our First Nations art and culture. Many different styles, stories and mediums are collected here together, showing the resilience, innovation and creativity of our artists. By nurturing and sharing these stories today we work together to preserve and protect the vibrant culture of this land.

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