Cinque Terre

The UMI Arts “Exhibition Ready” program is a skills-development program for Far North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who want to gain skills and experience in preparing art works for exhibition and sale.

The program takes artists through each step of gallery exhibition preparation, presentation and promotion, whilst working towards a 6-week long exhibition at UMI Arts gallery space in Cairns. UMI Arts has recently undergone a major renovation to the Sheridan Street premises, which now includes three brand-new gallery spaces, withe each fully equipped with LUX lighting.

If you are working towards your first solo exhibition, the program provides all the advice about how to get started. By the end of the program you will have had your first exhibition, putting you a big step ahead!

If you have already exhibited but want to refine your industry knowledge and professional practices then the program can help you move to the next level of your career as an independent professional artist.

The program covers areas including:

  • Preparing your artist profile and CV
  • Pricing works
  • Preparing labels and stories
  • Professional installation and lighting
  • Marketing your exhibition
  • Coordinating an exhibition opening
  • Working with art centres and dealers
  • Indigenous Art Code
  • Certificates of authenticity
  • Accessing new opportunities and funding for future exhibitions

By the end of the process participants will have a complete body of work, together with a reusable kit with all the formal and legal documentation required to continue practicing as a professional exhibiting artist.

Applications are welcome from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists with connection to the Far North Queensland region:

i) Individual artists
ii) Groups of artists
iii) Organisations representing artists

*UMI Arts Welcomes partnerships to deliver this program in collaboration with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Providers.