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About KickArts – The Institution 

In 2020, NorthSite Contemporary Arts (formerly KickArts) relaunches within Bulmba-ja Arts Centre (formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts) in Cairns. About NorthSite formerly KickArts Cairns.

As a key company (one of few independent contemporary visual arts institutions north of Brisbane), this organisation has advocated, demonstrated resilience and excellence over decades, championing artists of the North and presenting boundary-pushing programs through an experimental ethos relevant to a wide region.

We work across disciplines (visual art, craft, design, sound, performance & screen media), in collaboration with individual artists, Indigenous-led art centres, other galleries, touring bodies and companies to realise 30+ exhibitions and 150 programs each year; often presenting a diversity of work unseen elsewhere in Australia.


A Proud History in Cairns 

KickArts holds a proud 27 year history since its inception as a boundary-pushing artist collective formed in Cairns in the early 1990s.

Highlight exhibitions include:

The Fish John West Regrets (1993). Linkage Leakage (1993). Baggage: A Pastiche of Portable Art (1996). Kicking Cans (1997). Ailan Currents: contemporary printmaking from the Torres Strait (2007). Blak Roots (2008). Thancoupie: Ceramic Exhibition (2008). Sting in the Tail (2009). Brian Robinson: Men+Gods (2012). Renegades: Outsider Art (2014). Sageraw Thonar: Stories from the Southeasterly Season, contemporary expressions of cultural knowledge from Badu Art Centre (2016). Teho Ropeyarn: Ulada Ikya Ami, listening to Beforetime Stories (2017).


Where we are – NorthSite Now

Formerly Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns – Bulmba-ja, has been gifted the name by representatives of the Traditional Owner groups, of the Yirrgandji and Yidinji clans.

Bulmba-ja is an incubator and performance venue. It’s home to the next wave of Indigenous dance and performance in Queensland. Following 18 months of renovation by TPG Architects and Arts Queensland, NorthSite is now set to open the doors to the Galleries. Boasting flexible exhibition and co-working spaces and the brilliant NorthSite street-front Art & Design Shop,  where we showcase the work of leading artists from across Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and Torres Strait Islands.

NorthSite Contemporary Arts is a new artistic experience for artists & audiences.

About NorthSite formerly KickArts Cairns

It’s an exciting new chapter for contemporary art in the Far North of Australia.