As the first event of its kind, the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial or IOTA* (as it became known) was remarkable in its grass roots derivation and organic growth. This was an incredible feat during a global pandemic – devised in late 2018 and presented in 2021.
Focussing on excellence it consciously sought to collaborate with craftspeople and artists from around the Indian Ocean rim, to engage the local WA sector, and to tell important stories of our times through the medium of contemporary craft.
The Visitor Survey reported that 100% of respondents support the continuation of IOTA and feel it is important to have an event like IOTA here in WA.
Respondents positively rated 9/10 to the statements:
• ‘I learnt about other cultures than my own’,
• ‘I felt more connected to and included in my community’
• ‘It was engaging and inspiring’.
*IOTA = Indian Ocean Triennial Australia…
Image above: Mikaela Castledine, Portrait, 2021, Photo by Steve May.