In addition to the international exhibition we present a festival program of exhibitions and events by craft artists, galleries, art spaces and craft groups in support of the IOTA24 theme. August – October 2024, Western Australia.

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Event Series Event Series: String Craft

String Craft: Bilums + Dilly Bags

7 October - 3 November

Unknown Artist Carrying Firewood, 2019, nylon looped bilum. Photo: Gina Koczberski.


Lea Taylor & Katie West, Bábbarra Women’s Centre Artists, Bula’Bula Arts Artists


A showcase of the cultural and gendered significance of string crafts to indigenous Australian and Papua New Guinean communities, with reference to the Aboriginal Dilly Bag and the PNG Bilum.

Audiences are invited to explore the intercultural connections found in aspects of string making and looping techniques between the dilly bag and bilum and to learn more of the art of traditional string making and its connection to place and identity.

The dilly-bag-inspired art features installations from First Nations artists from Western Australia and Northern Territory.

The bilums come from a grouped private collection of over 60 bilums and cover a range of traditional and contemporary styles, patterns, fibres and functions, found across the highly culturally and linguistically diverse country of PNG.

Co-curators: Anne Farren & Gina Koczberski.


Fibre & Textiles

Special Events

Panel Discussion: 8 October, 4 – 5.30pm.

Exhibition Opening: 8 October, 6pm.

Gallery Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm

Closed: Sat & Sun


Wheelchair & pram accessible.


This exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in Western Australia.


7 October
3 November
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Curtin DBE: Building 418 Exhibition Space
1 Koorliny Way
Bentley, Western Australia 6102 Australia
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