Cigdem was the 2013 recipient of the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, in the Emerging Artist category, and the Edna Ryan Award for Creative Feminism in 2012. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, receiving support and opportunities from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Freedman Foundation (Travelling Arts Scholarship), Performance Space (Sydney), Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart), Dark Mofo (Hobart) and Vryfees (South Africa). Most recently, her video work The Ride was exhibited in a group exhibition at Australia’s pavilion of the XXII Milan Triennale, which received the event’s premier award, The Golden Bee.