IOTA Ambassadors

IOTA Founding Ambassadors

Our Founding Ambassadors are inspired visionaries who play a vital role in the exciting IOTA journey.

Our inner circle of supporters embody the diversity and creativity of IOTA and enjoy up close and personal involvement in its progress. This band of special people...

  • see IOTA's potential
  • understand the value of craft
  • and are eager to empower craft artists and artisans.

The Ambassador's Fund supports annual artist residencies, commissioned work or new projects – endorsed by the Ambassadors themselves.

What do IOTA ambassadors enjoy?

  • Tax deduction: your generous donation is tax-deductible
  • Involvement: help determine the annual Artist Residency, Exchange or Commission Award recipients by contributing to the process
  • Collect world-class art: priority rights to purchase IOTA commissioned works
  • Curated itineraries: join our curators as they travel the region visiting art fairs, exhibitions and artist’s studios (at cost)
  • Making an impact: inspiring creativity & excellence, stimulating new networks.
  • Kudos: honoured as Founding Ambassadors (IOTA website & catalogue)

And there's more...

  • Exhibition tours: exclusive curator tour of the IOTA international exhibition for you & your guests
  • Up close & personal experiences: studio visits, talks & opportunities to host artists
  • VIP invitations: IOTA premium events for you & your guest
  • Being in the loop: regular personalised updates
  • Meaningful input: play a significant role in shaping the Ambassadors’ program

2024 AMBASSADORS' PROGRAM

Enjoy a year-long program of exclusive engagement, both here in WA and internationally. Events marked with an * are Ambassador only gatherings. [Please note: Date & times are subject to change.]

JANUARY

*NEW DELHI CURATORS' TOUR
27 January – 3 February 2024

A uniquely designed 7-day itinerary that takes in the Indian Ceramics Triennale and the India Art Fair, including VIP status at the Fair, studio visits and more. Choose your own adventure by tapping in & out of the itinerary or adding to it, as you please. 

FEBRUARY

*AMBASSADORS' RESIDENCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Tuesday 20 February, 6pm

Announcement of the recipients of the 2024 Ambassadors' Residency Fund
and highlights of the India Tour will be shared

MARCH

PANGROK SULAP
Sunday 10 March, 2pm

Malaysian artist group in residence with Curtin University, a panel talk at John Curtin Gallery.  The group is developing work for IOTA24 exhibition at JCG.

APRIL

*IN CONVERSATION WITH IOTA24 ARTISTS
22 April, 12:30pm 

A virtual in conversation with Indonesian IOTA24 artists Maharani Mancanagara and Ari Bayuaji - live online.

MAY

*MORNING TEA WITH ARTISTS WITH CHANG YOONG CHIA & MING WAH TEO
14 May, 10am     

Malaysian artists in residence with City of Melville. The couple are developing work for IOTA24 exhibition at Wireless Hill.

MAY

IOTA24 PROGRAM LAUNCH
Friday 31 May, 10am

Join us to kick off the IOTA24 program and celebrate at City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club, City Beach.

JULY *STUDIO VISIT WITH WARRICK PALMATEER
Sun 21 July, 11am

Journey up to Yanchep to visit ceramic artist & potter Warrick Palmateer in his studio as he makes a new body of work for exhibition for IOTA24.

AUGUST

IOTA24 EXHIBITION OPENINGS & VIP PREVIEWS

1 August: John Curtin Gallery
10-11 August: Madoda Fani, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery (talks on Sunday)
16 August: Fremantle Arts Centre
23 August: Holmes à Court Gallery

AUGUST *MADODA FANI STUDIO VISIT AND TALK SUNDOWNER
31 August, 5PM

Join us in Denmark to celebrate Ambassador residency recipient Madoda Fani's sculpture exhibition at Denmark Arts followed by a private gathering.

SEPTEMBER

IOTA24 CONFERENCE
3-6 September

Curtin University’s School of Design & the Built Environment

SEPTEMBER

SUSIE VICKERY
12 September 6pm

Head down to Margaret River Arts to attend the Private View of Fairy Queen: The Carnival by Susie Vickery 

NOVEMBER

*POST IOTA24 WRAP PARTY

Reflection on IOTA24 and preview of Ambassadors' Events in 2025. Sign up!

IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday. 10 September to 31 October 2021, John Curtin Gallery. Melissa Cameron, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Sanjib Chatterjee, Kirit Dave, Sunny Dolat, Andile Dyalvane, Pierre Fouché, Jan Griffiths, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Yee I-Lann, Nancy Nyanyana Jackson, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Desmond Lazaro, Anniketyni Madian, Zizipho Poswa, Athi-Patra Ruga, Garry Sibosado, Uday Singh, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Monique Tippett, Anjalee Wakanar.
IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday. 10 September to 31 October 2021, John Curtin Gallery. Melissa Cameron, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Sanjib Chatterjee, Kirit Dave, Sunny Dolat, Andile Dyalvane, Pierre Fouché, Jan Griffiths, Gaurav Jai Gupta, Yee I-Lann, Nancy Nyanyana Jackson, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Desmond Lazaro, Anniketyni Madian, Zizipho Poswa, Athi-Patra Ruga, Garry Sibosado, Uday Singh, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Monique Tippett, Anjalee Wakanar.

Weaving unforgettable stories. We are dedicated to supporting craft artists and artisans from the Indian Ocean rim to excel. Their narratives, told through the medium of contemporary craft, resonate through time and culture, and matter today.

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How to become an ambassador

Make a tax-deductible donation of AU$5,000 per annum.

The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Inc (ABN 90 705 472 375) is a registered charity, and is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR), confirmed by the Australian Tax Office. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997).

Simply click on the button below to pledge your support and make a bank transfer. It's that easy!

If you have any queries and want to find out more about how to accelerate your involvement in IOTA24 and beyond, contact: Medeia Cohan patrons@indianoceancrafttriennial.com

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Other ways to give an IOTA: Sponsors & Volunteers

In-kind support in the form of sponsorship of services and products or voluntary time is a huge part of how IOTA is delivered. Contact us if you are keen to contribute and would love to be involved in this fast-growing influential phenomenon of the Craft Triennial. We are in particular need of travel and accommodation support, marketing (digital & print).

About IOTA

Founded in Western Australia, the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial (IOTA) stands as a unique bastion for contemporary craft from the Indian Ocean Region.

It embodies a movement that celebrates diversity, nurtures talent, and fosters deep bonds among artists, audiences, ambassadors and supporters.

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