Vipoo Srivilasa, Deity of Relationships, 2020, porcelain, pom pom, Swarovski crystal and glass, 28 x 22 x 13cm. Photo: Andrew Barcham.

IOTA24 Announces Lead Artists from Six Countries and Huge Community Festival of Over 300 Craft Artists and Groups

Connecting communities through a celebration of craft, culture and collaboration.

Indian Ocean Craft Triennial 2024

August – October 2024

IOTA announces lead artists and activates the WA community with over 70 exhibitions in a community-led festival program to the theme of ‘Codes in Parallel.’

Connecting communities through a celebration of craft, culture and collaboration.

The much-anticipated Indian Ocean Craft Triennial (aka IOTA) opens in August 2024 for three months in Western Australia (WA), this time reflecting on craft as a universal language.

Vipoo Srivilasa, Deity of Relationships, 2020, porcelain, pom pom, Swarovski crystal and glass, 28 x 22 x 13cm. 
Photo: Andrew Barcham.
Above: Vipoo Srivilasa, Deity of Relationships, 2020.1

The International Exhibition at the heart of IOTA24 highlights the work of craft artists and groups selected from six Indian Ocean countries – India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, including First Nations Australians and Australians of diverse heritages. Many of the artists are expected to attend the opening of their installations, a pleasure not possible for IOTA21 artists due to closed borders during the pandemic.

The Community-led Festival presents a further 60+ exhibitions in complement to the international exhibition. The craft community’s enthusiastic support of the craft triennial is primarily responsible for its continuance. And activates over 300 WA craftspeople, from Esperance to Broome, who have spent over two years planning and making work for IOTA24. 

The Futuring Craft Conference will kick off with an Opening Keynote and Celebration at Curtin University’s School of Design & the Built Environment on Tuesday 3 September. Over the following three days anyone interested in a multitude of topics relating to crafts’ relationship to the environment, technology, science are encouraged to join the conversations, panel discussions and presentations (bookings essential).

As technology advances rapidly, so too, craft practices are flourishing… 

IOTA24 is an extraordinary and vibrant event. It invites the wider community to participate, to reflect on the intrinsic value of craft in our lives, across cultures and time, and also to consider innovative collaborations and ways that craft can drive future benefits.

IOTA24 is proudly supported by Major Partners Lotterywest and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and Founding Partner Curtin University.

Lotterywest CEO Colin Smith said Lotterywest is proud to support the second edition of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial which will attract an anticipated 180,000 people over three months.

“Lotterywest’s grant focuses on access, inclusion and expansion into regional areas, which will feature hubs of free exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations of crafts from artists,” Mr Smith said.

“This far-reaching program highlights the inherent value of craft to all cultures, including a focus on First Nations practice.”

IOTA24: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial

August – October 2024, Western Australia
indianoceancrafttriennial.com
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Brinda Dudhat, Aranya, 2024, Sujni + Rabari mirror work embroidery on base patchwork of hand woven and bela block printed cotton, 254 x 110cm. Courtesy of the artisans and Morii Design.
Above: Brinda Dudhat, Aranya, 2024, Morii Design.2

IOTA24 is proudly supported by

  • Major Partners: Lotterywest; the WA Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries; and Founding Partner Curtin University. 
  • Major Exhibition Partners: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery and Holmes à Court Gallery. 
  • Supporting partners: Creative Australia & the Australian Cultural Fund; Australia ASEAN Council; and MyCreative Ventures Group, Malaysia.
  • Project Partners: Konfir Kabo; WA Museum; Business Events Perth; Forrest Research Foundation; artsource; JCDecaux; Glide Agency.
  • The IOTA Ambassadors, a special group of arts patrons and IOTA advocates.

About IOTA

The not-for-profit organisation, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Inc. was set up in response to the phenomenal success of the inaugural event in 2021. Based in Boorloo / Perth, it is a registered charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status, and whose operations and strategy are overseen by a Management Committee.

*Featured image on this post: Susie Vickery & Amber Launay, ‘Bottom the Tradie’, 2024, costiumes made for the Fairy Queen completely from recycled garments. Photo: Nic Duncan.

Media Enquiries: Dixie Battersby Publicity media@indianoceancrafttriennial.com

  1. Vipoo Srivilasa, Deity of Relationships, 2020, porcelain, pom pom, Swarovski crystal and glass, 28 x 22 x 13cm. Photo: Andrew Barcham. ↩︎
  2. Brinda Dudhat, Aranya, 2024, Sujni + Rabari mirror work embroidery on base patchwork of hand woven and bela block printed cotton, 254 x 110cm. Courtesy of the artisans and Morii Design. ↩︎