KickArts Contemporary Arts is a leading contemporary visual arts organisation in regional Queensland and one of the most innovative in the state. Based in Cairns, KickArts reach encompasses Tropical North Queensland, extending into the remote and regional communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait.
For over 25 years KickArts has played a significant role in the cultural life of the region. It is a champion of contemporary visual culture and a gathering place for artists and audiences to learn and engage. Successfully transitioning from an artist collective to a not for profit organisation, KickArts presents a globally integrated platform for the development and dissemination of artists and their work.
KickArts vision is to create iconic contemporary art projects, by infusing excellence and experimentation into a self-sustaining and prosperous Tropical North Queensland community. Artists and engagement with contemporary art practice thrive in this region. This is recognised as enriching our national cultural identity and international standing. Our core purpose is to develop, advance and present contemporary art practice from tropical north Queensland of exemplary quality and significance.
In 2004 KickArts moved into the newly established Centre of Contemporary Arts (CoCA) - a multi-purpose contemporary arts facility, located in the central business district of Cairns at 96 Abbott Street. KickArts enlivens the centre through its professional exhibition program presented in A Class galleries and provides access to unique, high quality art, craft and design in the KickArts Shop and online.
KickArts facilitates a paddock to plate service providing artists with professional development career pathways and support that assist the generation of rigorous new work in the studio. KickArts also provides access to strategic retail and marketing opportunities through substantial networks. This framework serves as a catalyst and a hub facilitating Australian artists into global exchange through its locale in one of Australia’s top international gateways.
The organisation works through a wide range of strategic alliances engaging in collaboration with independent creatives, ARI’s, indigenous art centres, networks, institutional partnerships, government, business and the arts, education and cultural tourism sectors.
KickArts clear focus for operations is assuring its arts and cultural contributions are of relevance to the arts ecology. This results in our activities being recognised as industry benchmarks. KickArts continues to provide links for the local community and transitory tourist community of more than 2.7 million annual visitors, alike to experience the vital and distinctive contemporary visual culture of northern Australia.