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!

Poster: UMI Arts 2024 EOIs now open

2024 art fairs & markets


Supply your fine art, handmade crafts, products and merchandise to be toured at Art Fairs and Markets in 2024


Open to established and senior UMI Arts members; works in any medium

EOIs close: 24 May 2024

Exhibition Opening July 2024 

next Exhibtion


through our eyes

first nations youth exhibition 


‘Culture Through our Eyes’ is the third annual First Nations youth exhibition @ UMI Arts Gallery, showcasing the talent and creativity of the young people of the region. 14 young emerging artists have created 27 new artworks responding to their concept and view of culture.
Come and join us to help celebrate these deadly emerging artists!
Invitation to exhibition opening

PAST Exhibtions

you & me

The ‘You and Me’ exhibition is an annual group members exhibition at UMI Arts, open to work in any medium and artists at any level of their artistic practice (emerging, mid-career or established). The exhibition is designed to showcase the rich artistic diversity present in the First Nations art and culture of Far North Queensland. ‘Umi’ is a Creole word that means ‘You and Me’. This is significant as we believe that we need to work together to keep our culture strong.
In 2024 we are proud to present 30 new artworks by 15 first Nations artists from across Far North Queensland.
Exhibition Open 15 March – 10 May 2024

 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


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.

culture through our eyes

first nations youth exhibition 

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.

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