Conference


Futuring Craft IOTA21 Conference

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

Curtin University, Bentley campus, Perth

Welcome to the Futuring Craft conference presented by the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial in collaboration with Curtin University School of Design and the Built Environment.

Futuring Craft addresses matters that traverse craft from design, environment, economies and fundamental human rights.

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

The mix of keynote lectures, practice-led presentations, workshops, talks and panel discussions – presented by a diverse selection of presenters, artists and guests – will discuss ideas, perspectives and provocations pertinent to contemporary craft in all its manifestations.

Speakers include human rights activists, visual artists, academics, architects, and designers working across diverse independent practice, universities, galleries and workshops.

Scroll down to browse the program for each day and book one day or two + the fashion event.

Full registrations include all events, e.g. two-day conference and fashion event. Single day tickets are not changeable, please select your preferred day only.

Earlybird Tickets SOLD-OUT

Please note: All tickets allow for online attendance, as part of contingency planning. Livestream tickets are not sold separately.

Image: Nien Schwarz, We Must Get Together Some Time (detail) 2020, hand built, wild and commercial clays, hand collected natural aggregates, and handmade glazes incorporating geoscientific waste, variable dimensions. Photo: Nien Schwarz.

Day 01

Friday 17 September

WA Maritime Museum

How do the places we live in
reflect the objects we make?

Day 02

Saturday 18 September

Curtin University

Fast fashion and hybrid approaches
to textile production.

Day 03

Sunday 19 September

Boola Bardip / WA Museum

Curiosity and the Cloth
fashion event

World Craft Council Discussions

Proposition

Three focussed discussion groups each lasting 30 minutes will be hosted by the World Crafts Council Australia (WoCCA). We invite people to sign up for a session and come with ideas for a way forward.

There are pressing issues facing the craft sector in Australia and our region today. Education, communication and relationship ethics are among them. The World Crafts Council Australia presents three sector discussions in partnership with Community Arts Network WA to create pathways through these issues.

Conference registrants can sign up for sessions with a maximum attendance of 16 people in each. Participants will receive briefing documents and be invited to bring considered thoughts and ideas to each session.

Conclusions/pathways will be presented to the conference as part of the Plenary Session on Sat 18 September.

Ticket information

If you are in Western Australia, we invite you to attend in person and for those of you interstate and overseas you will be able to access the conference virtually as a webinar.

Full Registration tickets include:

  • Live and online presentations from around the region
  • Artist talks from exhibiting artists in the Triennial
  • Curatorial tours of the John Curtin Gallery
  • Curiosity and Cloth - Fashion event at Boola Bardip WA Museum on Sunday 19 September (for Early Bird ticket holders only)
  • Sector discussion crafting a path forward, hosted by the World Craft Council Australia
  • Networking opportunities
  • Invitation to mega opening at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday 17 September 6.00pm (RSVP mandatory)
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunches over two days
  • Day Two of Futuring Craft has a number of different streams and activities available.
    Registration for your desired talks and streams with our Front of House staff upon arrival on Saturday is mandatory.
    We have a first in best dressed policy.

Day Registration - Friday Day One tickets include:

  • Live and online presentations from around the region
  • Artist talks from exhibiting artists in the Triennial
  • Sector discussion crafting a path forward, hosted by the World Craft Council Australia
  • Networking opportunities
  • Invitation to celebration opening at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday 17 September 6.30pm (RSVP & SafeWA rego mandatory)
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunches over two days

Day Registration - Saturday, Day Two tickets include:

  • Live and online presentations from around the region
  • Artist talks from exhibiting artists in the Triennial
  • Curatorial tours of the John Curtin Gallery
  • Sector discussion crafting a path forward, hosted by the World Craft Council Australia
  • Networking opportunities
  • Invitation to mega opening at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday 17 September 6.30pm (RSVP & SafeWA rego mandatory)
  • Morning and afternoon tea and lunches over two days
  • There are a number of different streams and activities available on this day.
    Register for your desired talks and streams with our Front of House staff upon arrival on Saturday (mandatory).
    We have a first in best dressed policy.