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village house surrounded by palm tree. Two people are looking out a window.

Daniela Vavrova

I is Another

13 March — 22 April 2023

Watercolour painting of a melaleuca tree with green leaves and orange flowers. The branch and leave drape down in the center of the paper with a white background.

Julie McEnerny

Melaleucas and Mangroves

20 March — 06 May 2023

Raqs Media Collective, Deep Breath (2019) Film. Courtesy the artist and Frith St Gallery London, Project 88 Mumbai and Experimenter Kolkata.

Amrita Hepi | Susie Losch | Raqs Media Collective | Rirkrit Tiravanija | Jimmy John Thaiday | Trevor Yeung

Planetary Gestures

04 February — 15 April 2023


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10:00 am — 12:30 pm

25 March — 25 March

NorthSite Open

Artists Talks, General Event, Opening Event

NorthSite Open

Start your weekend with Art; meet the artists and curator of the current exhibitions at NorthSite. Join us on 25th March for NorthSite Open, a unique opportunity to meet the […]


6:00 pm — 8:00 pm

21 March — 21 March

General Event

Life Drawing Cairns

The long-running Life Drawing Cairns is inviting new people to register interest to attend the Tuesday night classes. Life Drawing Cairns is a friendly and informal weekly gathering for people […]


10:00 am — 1:00 pm

18 March — 18 March

Woven womens clothing in colours of red, print white and red.


Textile wrap & weave session with India Collins

Female identifying audience members are invited to wrap, weave and transform an item of pre-loved clothing with artist India Collins. Bring one or several articles of clothing you wish to […]



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Three women with a pink and purple background.

8 March, 2023

International Women’s Day

This International Women's Day we're celebrating three women who are showcasing their incredible work in the NorthSite Gallery at…


Hamish Sawyer points to an artwork on the gallery wall. The Hon. Minister Enoch and Francoise lane are also looking at the artworks.

3 March, 2023

Media Event

This week we had the Hon Leeanne Enoch MP, Michael Healy MP and CIAF Artistic Director Francoise Lane at NorthSite to announce the…


Digital LED screen covering the facade at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre. The artwork is of 3 dugongs in white with black outlines and blue water.

19 December, 2022

Public Art From Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Vibrant marine life stories of Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands) abound through the Gab Titui Cultural Centre offering on the Bulmba-ja…


5 ironing boards, 2 in the front row and 3 in the back row, painted in bright pink. White collared shirts are suspended above each ironing board. Projected onto the white dress shirts is the silhouette of a 1950s quintessential housewife ironing.

16 December, 2022

On ‘Pressing Topics’

A multi-media installation of projection, sculpture, digital collage, video and sound to critically examine the unseen labour of…


Katrina Iosia portrait in Cairns Dec 2022. Woman with red lipstick wears a teal coloured top with hoop earrings and palmtrees in background

8 December, 2022

NorthSite appoints Katrina Iosia as Programs Coordinator

NorthSite Contemporary Arts is thrilled to announce the appointment of Katrina Iosia in the position of Programs Coordinator Katrina…


Hamish Sawyer standing at a 45 degree angle with arms crossed. He is wearing a blue cardigan with a white collared shirt underneath.

25 November, 2022

Welcoming Hamish Sawyer

On behalf of the NorthSite Board and Artistic Director/CEO Ashleigh Campbell we are pleased to announce that Hamish Sawyer is joining the…