Cairns Regional Gallery

Cairns Regional Gallery is Far North Queensland’s only visual art museum and in 2005 it celebrated it’s 10th Birthday: a decade of documenting and presenting history, heritage and contemporary culture of this vast and distinctive region of Australia and the world through the visual arts, craft and design. Housed in a refurbished heritage building in central Cairns, the Gallery incorporates four individual exhibition spaces inside the building, showcasing an average of 30 exhibitions per year, and featuring the work of national and international artists, with a strong focus on local and indigenous works of art. Exhibitions change every four to eight weeks ensuring there will be something new to see every time you visit, with displays ranging from paintings, to sculpture, installations, photography and prints. A stimulating program of workshops, lectures and special events are held regularly to compliment these exhibitions. Cairns Regional Gallery is a limited liability and non-profit organisation, and is a controlled and funded entity of Cairns City Council. It is the dynamic combination of the region’s cultural diversity, tourism and the distance from Australia’s capital cities that sets Cairns, and the Cairns Regional Gallery, apart from other regional arts centres.


The Regional Gallery Collection incorporates a number of regionally, nationally and culturally significant artworks, with all pieces acquired under strict adherence to the Collection policy. The Collection boasts a number of artworks of national significance including pieces by Brett Whiteley, Russell Drysdale and Francisco Goya. The Gallery’s portfolio of prints includes artists Yvonne Boag, Guy Warren, Theo Tremblay and Gary Shead. Guy Warren won the Archibald prize in 1985. Ray Crooke, one of the most acclaimed and recognised artists of Far North Queensland, and a former Archibald prize winner (1969), has also made valuable contributions to Cairns Regional Gallery’s Collection. Since the Gallery’s inception Ray and his wife June have been strong advocates for the Gallery, and have made significant donations of artworks. It is intended the Cairns Regional Gallery Collection will provide the basis for future research, exhibition and educational programs and the overall cultural enrichment of the various communities of the region.