About IACA

IACA is the peak body supporting Indigenous art centres across far north Queensland and the Torres Strait. We support culturally strong best practice Indigenous art enterprises. IACA provides service delivery and training for members and delivers advocacy and promotion.


Our programs and services support a vibrant network of Indigenous Art Centres:

  • Professional development that builds artist and arts worker skills
  • Programs that improve the viability of Indigenous arts enterprises
  • Programs that increase the supply and reach of quality arts and cultural products
  • Recognition and marketing of Queensland’s Indigenous art locally, nationally and internationally
  • Increasing ongoing employment opportunities for Indigenous artists and arts workers
  • Increased professional and business (including strategic, governance, financial and accountability) development for IAC managers, management committees and boards.

Community arts and cultural development:

  • Deepen audience engagement
  • Expand markets and enhance international connections, international exhibitions and fellowships
  • Ensure opportunities for Australian contemporary visual artists
  • Provide professional support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
  • Build stronger, more resilient visual arts and craft organisations

Art Centres are places of artistic and cultural expression, provide economic, employment and training opportunities, support the maintenance and transference of culture and create wellbeing and community pride.

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IACA Manager Pam Bigelow & Phillip Denham, IACA 2017 Lucille Osborne Emerging Artist Memorial Fellowship winner. Image: Kerry Trapnell IACA Manager Pam Bigelow & Phillip Denham, IACA 2017 Lucille Osborne Emerging Artist Memorial Fellowship winner. Image: Kerry Trapnell
Phil Rist, President IACA Management Committee

Phil Rist


EO Girringun AB CORP,  Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell

Harold Ludwick, Deputy President IACA Management Committee

Harold Ludwick

Deputy President

Hopevale Arts & Cultural Centre, Hopevale

Vikki Burrows, Treasurer IACA Management Committee

Vikki Burrows


Bana Yirriji Art and Cultural Centre, Wujal Wujal

Solomon Booth, Committee Member IACA Management Committee

Solomon Booth

Committee Member

Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Art Centre, Mua Island

Abe Muriata, Committee Member IACA Management Committee

Abe Muriata

Committee Member

Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre, Cardwell

Eric Orcher, Committee Member IACA Management Committee

Eric Orcher

Committee Member

Yarrabah Arts & Cultural Centre, Yarrabah 

John Armstrong, Committee Member IACA Management Committee

John Armstrong

Committee Member

MI ART Centre, Mornington Island

Margaret Mara

Margaret Mara

Committee Member

Wei’num Arts & Crafts, Mapoon


Main image credit: IACA Member Art Centre locations

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IACA programs and events receive financial assistance from the Queensland Government through the Arts Queensland Backing Indigenous Arts initiative, from the Federal Government’s Ministry for the Arts through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Indigenous Languages and Arts program and the Australia Council for the Arts. IACA supports the Indigenous Art Code.

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