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NorthSite Contemporary Arts ( Previously KickArts )


A Contemporary Arts company situated within Bulmba-ja Arts Centre in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Exhibitions, workshops, events and professional development for contemporary artists.

Located in the cultural hub of the central business district of Cairns, NorthSite Contemporary Arts is a key destination for local and tourist visitors alike who wish to experience the vibrant contemporary visual culture of Tropical North Queensland.

Established in 1992 as an artists’ collective, KickArts developed into a not for profit organisation dedicated to facilitating, presenting and promoting contemporary arts and extending the experience and cultural life of northern Australians and previously more than 2.2 million annual visitors to Cairns.

Delivering a dynamic and diverse exhibition program of exhibitions and programs each year NorthSite (formerly KickArts) highlights the work of local, national and international artists.

The NorthSite Store represents leading art, craft and design by local artists and from the surrounding art centres of Far North Queensland providing clientele with access to high quality and ethical works of art from the region




NorthSite Contemporary Arts – A leading experimental gallery and dynamic artspace.

From an artist-driven collective to a leading contemporary arts institution, 1992 – 2021 has seen a lot of innovation and change



NorthSite is a stimulating place of constant renewal, where artists, audiences and ideas exchange.

Housed within Bulmba-ja (formerly the Centre of Contemporary Arts) in Queensland, we are easily accessible. Situated opposite Cairns Aquarium, within walking area of the central business district, bordering the Esplanade and only 10 minutes from Cairns International and Domestic airports.

Renovated in 2018/19 by the Queensland Government, Bulmba-ja is an incubator of Far North Arts & Culture, with a strategic focus on enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance and performance.

Bulmba-ja is a language name meaning home or place, gifted by the Yirrigandji (Djabuguy language) and Yidinji (Yidiny language) traditional owner groups, whose input has informed the architecture of the rebuild that includes an Elder’s lounge, sky portals that tunnel tropical rains into the rainforest rock garden within the Yarning Circle and street-front veranda.

We thank, acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Traditional Owner groups.


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