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

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

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.

Makers Film Festival 2021


A new short film festival all about craft and making, presented by Maker&Smith. This new collection of 24 films focuses on how we employ the dexterity of our hands to create functional objects, art and to tell the stories of our lives.

Many of the makers and artists exhibiting in the IOTA21 international exhibition and local festival are featured.

Matinee session in two halves at the WA Maritime Museum - Sunday 24 October. Book now.

Explore the International Exhibition

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

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

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

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