IOTA21: CURIOSITY & RITUALS OF THE EVERYDAY
took place Sep-Nov 2021 in Western Australia

Stay Tuned for IOTA24: to take place Aug-Oct 2024

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The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial is committed to the principles and intentions of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and pledges to undertake actions in support of First Nations People of Australia in their quest for a voice to parliament.

Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

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The first Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in 2021 brought together artists, makers, and crafted works from around the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR).

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

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

IOTA24 will take place August–October 2024.

In 2021, exhibition partners John Curtin Gallery and Fremantle Arts Centre staged the central exhibition, of ambitious work by the selected lead international and Australian artists.

In complement, the festival program of exhibitions and events presented a broad diversity of craft practices by Western Australian-based artists at major institutions, artist-run collectives, regional galleries, local government arts facilities, and in craft-specific workshops and studios.

We thank Lotterywest for supporting the festival program, and the WA state government for supporting so many craft artist initiated activities in IOTA21.

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

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

Explore the International Exhibition

The international exhibition at the centre of IOTA21 was presented across two venues: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery, where visitors experienced significant installations by over 30 artists from 8 countries.

Sujora Conrad, Remnant Memories, 2021, fibre, cloth, flour, stones, sticks, detail
Sujora Conrad, Remnant Memories, 2021, fibre, cloth, flour, stones, sticks, detail

A group exhibition in which the artists addressed the Triennial’s themes of votive, family/utility, shelter and adornment and explored ‘innate curiosity and rituals that connect us to elements beyond ourselves and our immediate geography.’ In response to the scale and characteristics of the Holmes à Court Gallery, the artists created new, large-scale installations, as well as more intimate artworks. Artists: Shivani Aggarwal, Sujora Conrad, Nien Schwarz, Holly Story and Warburton Story Wire artists.

Image: Sujora Conrad, Remnant Memories, 2021, fibre, cloth, flour, stones, sticks, detail

IOTA21 Opening Events

The opening week of IOTA21 saw a spectacular celebration of Indian Ocean cultures at FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE.

The FUTURING CRAFT conference addressed matters that traverse craft from design, environment, economies and fundamental human rights.

The CURIOSITY & THE CLOTH - IOTA21 fashion event - was a joyful and energetic affair in the new WA Museum Boola Bardip. Selected garments from the show are now available for purchase in Perth from designers Akaaro, Bajra, Kanapot, Padmaja, and Creative Culture.