Red fabric with grey leaves printed on top and more plants printed in white over the top.

7 August, 2023

First Nations Printmaking Program in Cairns

SpotFire is a NorthSite program that provides facilities for emerging and established First Nations Artists to plan, develop and produce fine art prints on paper and fabric. Held every Friday […]


A colourful image ith the text 'Cairns art PRIDE exhibition'

28 July, 2023

Calling all Queer artists | Cairns Pride Art Exhibition 2023

Jamie Cole and Sally Brown are excited to curate the Cairns Pride Art Exhibition 2023 at Tanks Arts Centre. Along with the Tanks Team, they aim to bring together LGBTIQ+ […]


An old retro iron sitting on an ironing board. In the background is the projection with video people ironing in a factory.

31 July, 2023

The Ironing Maidens World Premiere in Cairns plus International Recognition at NIME

From December 2023 to January 2024, The Ironing Maidens (Melania Jack and Patty Preece) presented their sound, digital art and projection installation work – Pressing Topics at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. […]


Moa Island dancers wearing dhari headdress.

28 July, 2023

Recap: Satellite events of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

NorthSite’s First Nations Exhibition Showcase during the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2023 was a huge success for Artists, Curators, Art enthusiasts and the greater community. NorthSite presented four […]


Three artworks by Darren Blackman hang on a gallery wall. All art black and yellow with text.

17 July, 2023

Darren Blackman Wins CIAF Innovation Award

A special congratulations to artist Darren Blackman on winning the Innovation Award for Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2023. In 2022 Darren curated and exhibited work in the group exhibition […]


An organic object hangs from the ceiling against the white gallery wall.

24 July, 2023

Group Exhibition coming to Cairns

Last weekend (Saturday 22 July) NorthSite’s Acting Director Hamish Sawyer headed to University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery for a conversation with Mandy Quadrio, Susan Hawkins and Jan Oliver […]


Framed monoprints on a white gallery wall. The floor is polished concrete and two plinths have woven objects, a basket and a mat.

7 July, 2023

A Glimpse into the First Nations Exhibition Showcase

A Glimpse into the First Nations Exhibition Showcase Northsite Contemporary Arts is excited to share the upcoming First Nations Exhibitions Showcase during the annual Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 2023. […]


Performance: Young girl (played by Jamaylya Ballangarry-Kearins) stands holding her green toy gecko. She looks concerned. She is wearing a pink striped pyjama set.

22 May, 2023

Jamaylya Ballangarry-Kearins takes to the stage

We’re proud to see Jamaylya Ballangarry-Kearins (NorthSite Gallery Officer) take to the stage with JUTE Theatre Company’s First Nations residency program, ‘Dare to Dream’. The ‘Dare to Dream’ program was […]


The top half of the image is a design of bright colours by IndigeDesign Labs for MECCA. The bottom half is a group photo of IndigeDesign Labs participants looking happy with their handmade designs and inspiration from a workshop. The text 'MECCA' is in white letters and runs in the middle of the two images.

22 May, 2023

IndigeDesign Labs x MECCA Brands

IndigeDesign Labs recently undertook a design project with Australian cosmetic retailer, MECCA Brands. This exciting design collaboration for MECCA’s Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan included a skills design workshop with MECCA’s […]


Three people standing in the gallery at NorthSite.

8 May, 2023

Minister visits Exploring Giant Molecules

It was a pleasure to host Queensland’s Minister for the Arts the Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP last week at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. Acting Director, Hamish Sawyer, delivered a curators talk […]