The Visual Arts Association Inc. (formed 26 years ago) consists of a network of visual arts organisations (Cairns Art Society Inc., Cairns Photographic Society Inc., Cairns Potters Club Inc., Fibrecrafters FNQ Inc., Inkmasters Cairns Inc., Arts Nexus Inc and UMI Arts) and practicing artists in the Cairns Region.
It is dedicated to the development of visual art and artists in the region and is active in the promotion of exhibitions, fostering awareness of the visual arts and the facilitation of arts events. This includes the provision of communication, liaison, referral and coordination services between member groups, government agencies and other interest parties. A principle concern is to raise issues relating to the development of visual arts in the region in an open and frank manner - to stimulate public debate and advance the status of visual arts and artists.
The association publish a Visual Arts Newsletter every 2 months at a cost of $25.00 per annum. This brings a list of membership activities, detail and impact of Council activities and a general overview of what is happening. It is available as a black and white hard copy or a coloured PDF copy over the internet.
It also operates a Visual Arts Forum which is free for anyone to join. Generally it is used to circulate Visual Arts news, competitions and exhibitions throughout the Far North Queensland region.
It assists Cairns Regional Council in coordinating sister cities cultural activities.