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.

Futuring Craft
IOTA21 Opening Events

FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE will host a spectacular opening celebration for the first IOTA on Friday 17 September from 6:30pm, featuring displays of culture, performances and welcomes from around the Indian Ocean rim. Also, as part of the opening celebrations the FUTURING CRAFT conference addresses matters that traverse craft from design, environment, economies and fundamental human rights.

Two days of discussions and presentations are complemented by a third day to enjoy exhibitions and CURIOSITY & THE CLOTH - the IOTA21 fashion event.

Day One takes place at WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle. Day Two at Curtin University. Day Three at WA Museum Boola Bardip.

Bringing together academics, makers and the craft sector from Australia and countries of the Indian Ocean and beyond, the IOTA21 conference and fashion event support the themes inherent in the IOTA21 international exhibition 'Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday'.

Festival Opening bright colours of feet dancing
Leanne Bray, Hold, Cotton and rope, 50 x 40 x 20cm, Photographed by Yvonne Doherty,
Leanne Bray, Hold, Cotton and rope, 50 x 40 x 20cm. Photo: Yvonne Doherty


Curated by Leanne Bray, HOLD pays homage to functional basketry & purposeful application of craft skills. Highlighting the egalitarian & domestic nature of this ancient craft, HOLD celebrates ideas of everyday ritual & explores the unique artistry and sustainability of fibre arts. The exhibition brings together contemporary makers & historical basketry, to share rich examples of this foundational craft, drawing together cultures, geographies, time periods & communities.

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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