Statement of Acknowledgement

The INDIAN OCEAN CRAFT TRIENNIAL INC. (IOTA) is based in Boorloo/Perth in Western Australia, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We honour the Noongar Nation for their enduring and continuing spiritual care of country, and respect Elders, past, present, and emerging. IOTA recognises the traditional custodians of the lands, skies, and waters that the participating artists and artisans represent.

Nova Tabula India Orientalis 1697 by Carel Allard. Published: Amsterdam: Hugo Allard, 1705. Coloured engraving on paper, 44.8 × 56.4 cm. Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth.
Nova Tabula India Orientalis 1697 by Carel Allard. Published: Amsterdam: Hugo Allard, 1705. Coloured engraving on paper, 44.8 × 56.4 cm. Courtesy Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth.

VISION

To be recognised as an influential organisation which nurtures, promotes, innovates, and educates about traditional and contemporary craft practice and artisan skills around the Indian Ocean Rim.

MISSION

IOTA curates a triennial event in Western Australia, showcasing excellence through contemporary craft – traditions, knowledge, stories, and skills.

Through its governing Committee and selected curators, the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial actively:

  • Seeks and identifies artists and artisans from countries around the Indian Ocean Rim, including First Nations Australians. All dealings, depictions and representations are respectful, collaborative, and educative, acknowledging long traditions and histories.
  • Facilitates the sharing of stories and experiences common to peoples in the IOR region.
  • Builds people-to-people links internationally and within Australia.
  • Enhances and establishes networks and exchanges between artisans and arts organisations around the Indian Ocean.
  • Engages with the local WA sector, to expand skills development and to help tell important stories of our times through the mediums of contemporary craft.
  • Works to enhance and build capacity within local curatorial practice while providing opportunities for new
  • Pursues and secures ethical partnerships with government, corporate and philanthropic entities.
  • Administers all funds professionally with transparency and full disclosure as required. All potential sponsorships, donations and funds are screened for compliance with IOTA’s ethical principles and core values.

Values

IOTA was formed to promote the craft sector’s economic, artistic, and cultural assets within an international landscape. As a not-for-profit incorporated association, IOTA works within the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 Western Australia.

We are committed to:

  • learning from other cultures – their stories, traditions, and skills
  • presenting Australia as a country willing and eager to learn from our neighbours
  • respecting the worth and dignity of all individuals
  • sharing contemporary craft; exemplifying hundreds, if not thousands of years of tradition, stories, knowledge, and skill in the IOR region
  • maintaining public trust through ethical and transparent operations and relationships
  • upholding social responsibilities relating to people, places, and environment.

BACKGROUND

The first Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in 2021 was a resounding success bringing together over 130,000 artists, artisans, galleries, supporters and participants from around the Indian Ocean Rim and in Western Australia.[1]

Under-pinning this craft triennial’s philosophy is an acknowledgement by the IOTA team that the region has a deep history of traditional culture and knowledge, skills and experiences that could be better appreciated in Australia and connected across the region.

IOTA seeks to address this by presenting the extraordinary work of contemporary artists and artisans from around the region; particularly those who build on the traditional skills and mediums of craft practices.

In proposing curatorial themes, IOTA recognises that people working in contemporary craft traverse a precarious pathway both socially and economically. Yet tangible agency through the hand-made is visible throughout our region. Optimism, resourcefulness, and fortitude are sustained through pandemics, environmental disasters, political and economic uncertainty, bias, or inequity.

Despite such challenges, skilled makers, artists and designers are adept at balancing multiple factors to support a livelihood and tell their stories. Adaptation through ethical sourcing of materials, adopting new technologies, entering new markets, and devising new ways of working are foremost in these times. Twenty-first century ingenuity often arises from innovation in response to adversity.

We wish to provide an innovative space where these efforts are acknowledged, documented, and valued on an international platform for creative dialogue.

For the 2024 iteration, IOTA will continue this quest. We invite artists, artisans, and collaborations to respond to the curatorial theme for IOTA24.

[1] IOTA21 Impact Summary https://indianoceancrafttriennial.com/iota21-impact-summary/