Futuring Craft IOTA21 Conference


WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle


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 – discussed 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. Delegates could  book one day or two + the fashion event.

Full registrations included all events, e.g. two-day conference and fashion event. Or choose a single day ticket.

All tickets allowed for online attendance. Livestream tickets were 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.

World Craft Council Discussions


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.