About Bulmba-ja
The Bulmba-ja Arts Centre will be closed from Saturday 24 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023, reopening on Tuesday 3 January 2023. 

Bulmba-ja is a theatre, gallery and creative development space managed by Arts Queensland.  Pronounced “BULL'M-ba-jar”, the name has a shared meaning of house or place in Yidinji and Yirrganydji languages.

Bulmba-ja plays a vital role in the Cairns arts scene, showcasing the unique stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Visitors can engage with the work of Bulmba-ja tenants:

  • JUTE Theatre Company
  • NorthSite Contemporary Arts
  • Miriki Performing Arts
  • The Pryce Centre for Culture and Arts
  • Minjil.

Featured Events

Oceans five | NorthSite

4 November to 10 December 2022

This group exhibition from the 2022 TAFE Queensland visual arts graduating students, showcases a major body of new works from each emerging artist. Focusing on the concepts and diverse techniques developed through their course that inform each artist’s creative practice into the future.

Photo credit: Yasuko Alcaino,Untitled, 2022, mixed-media, courtesy of the artist.

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Meanwhile | NorthSite

18 Nov 2022 to 28 Jan 2023

The latest exhibition by the artists of Sixfold Project, ‘Meanwhile’ celebrates the power of the collective creative experience. Each artist has responded to time and place, drawing upon theirown personal and philosophical frameworks to simultaneously create new multi-disciplinary works for this exhibition.

Artist include: Jennifer Valmadre, Rose Rigley, Julie Poulsen, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Barbara Dover, Raewyn Biggs.

Photo credit: Rose Rigley, Telling Tales, (detail), 2022, copper wire, courtesy ofthe artist. Photographer: Michael Marzik.


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Christmas Cubes | NorthSite art market

18 Nov 2022 to 28 Jan 2023

Wrap up your Christmas shopping straight from the gallery wall at NorthSite this season; with unique, handmade and affordable gifts created by Queensland-based artists and designers!

Photo credit: Estelle Yunkaporta, Christmas Ornament, hand-painted native seed pod, 2021. Image courtesy of NorthSite Contemporary Arts.

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Pressing topics | NorthSite

18 Dec 2022 to 14 Jan 2023


Using the iron, as the iconic symbol of domestic labour, Pressing Topics addresses the gendered and racialized oppression of women in domestic labour. This multi-media installation of projection, sculpture and sound is a low-fi wonderland that smashes pink Pop and the industrial into a new and playful aesthetic that critically examines the unseen labour of women.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of the artists.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Arts and Heritage acknowledges the Traditional Owners and pays respects to Elders, past, present and future.