IOTA21 conference and fashion event tickets on sale now.

Join the conversation. IOTA21 conference and fashion event. 17-19 September 2021. Tickets on sale now.

Discussions pertinent to global issues are intrinsically associated to ‘craft’.

The opening celebrations of IOTA21 – this new international festival of contemporary craft – includes two days of conversation and a unique display of fashion. (Just as a starter!)

At the IOTA21 conference ‘Futuring Craft’ we will dissect and expand, with you, discussions that traverse – countries, economies, environments, education and cultures of making – exploring the many facets that underpin the overarching theme of ‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’. But most importantly, where to now?

Join us – physically or virtually. Read on…

Futuring Craft

The mix of keynote lectures, practice-led presentations, workshops, talks and panel discussions – presented by craft specialists, researchers, 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.

Keynote speaker Nyadol Nyuon will talk about ‘authenticity’. Now that ‘s something you don’t ordinarily find at a craft meet.

Futuring Craft dates, tickets & info

Visit our website pages to view the full program and to access the links to book EARLY BIRD tickets.

Curiosity and the Cloth

Wow! Not only is there an incredible immersion in the international exhibitions and conversations about many aspects of global craft practices, but you can also sit back and enjoy a colourful display of Indian Ocean fashion. Selected by IOTA co-curator Maggie Baxter and Dr Anne Farren, this event at the spectacular Boola Bardip WA Museum showcases designers that are familiar to the catwalks of Paris and New York, as well as local designers.

Don’t miss it – tickets are limited, and it’s a one-of event.

Sunday 19 September 2021. Read more here.

Clothing by pero. Photo @flyingbootsproduction


  • Friday 17- Saturday 18 September: Futuring Craft Conference, WA Maritime Museum and Curtin University
  • Sunday 19 September: Curiosity and the Cloth, Fashion Event, WA Museum Boola Bardip.

*all dates are subject to change and subject to COVID-19 restrictions and government health advice.

Presented in collaboration with Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment, supported by WA Museum.

These events are supported by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts and the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program.

And a number of community partners.