an international exhibition
+ a festival of Indian Ocean craft
Sep-Nov 2021 in Western Australia

Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

Welcome Wanju

The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial brings together artists, makers, and crafted works from a selection of countries from around the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR).

Based on the theme of ‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’, exhibitions and events will take place in Western Australia from September to November 2021.

Through stories and conversations we will explore our innate curiosity and the rituals that connect us through the medium of craft and the handmade, at home and across the ocean.

Exhibition partners John Curtin Gallery and Fremantle Arts Centre are staging the central exhibitions that showcase the exemplary and ambitious work of the lead international and Australian artists.

In complement, the festival program of exhibitions and events is presented by partners across Perth and Western Australia - these include major institutions, to small artist-run collectives, regional galleries, local government arts facilities, and craft-specific workshops and studios.

We thank Lotterywest for their support of this festival program, and our state government for their support of IOTA21 and so many craft artist initiated activities.

"Craft is time-layering of object and story...

...craft is the repetition of ritual that happens over and over again."

Explore the Exhibition

The central exhibition of IOTA21 is presented across two venues: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery, where you will experience significant installations by 36 artists from 8 countries.

Ceramic cow

Become a Patron

Support artisans of the Indian Ocean!

COVID-19 has impacted artisans of the Indian Ocean Rim. There are a number of ways you can support the livelihoods of skilled craftspeople and secure their participation at the triennial here in Western Australia.

Uday Singh plans to make a herd of 50 cows to create a procession at the IOTA21 exhibition at John Curtin Gallery. With your support he can make this happen.

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