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The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial 2021

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The Indian Ocean Craft Triennial is a state-wide festival celebrating contemporary craft from a truly exceptional range of artisans and is the biggest event of its kind to hit our shores.

The international exhibition of significant works by 37 lead artists will be presented at two locations: Fremantle Arts Centre and John Curtin Gallery. A further 30 exhibitions and activities will be presented by major institutions, galleries and art spaces in collaboration with a multitude of individual craft artists and craft-specific groups, in response to the umbrella theme of 'Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday'.

Over 200 craftspeople, designer-makers and artisans are making work for the first IOTA21, due to take place in Western Australia from September to November.

37 artists from 8 Indian Ocean countries are making works on a grand scale for the international exhibition, in collaboration with a further 100 artisans.

Stories of our everyday rituals and contemporary preoccupations will be captured within the handmade, revealing the ubiquitous nature of craft in all our lives, past, present and future.

IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial aims to honour and spotlight the talents of skilled craftspeople who, fuelled by curiosity, constantly improve techniques to earn a living or find new ways of expressing our stories and culture. In celebrating the ingenuity of our hands and minds, this, in turn, aims to inspire us all, to create a relevant, viable and better future through craft.'

Hand making and crafting of objects for utility, adornment, daily rituals, worship and special occasions have been part of our lives for millennia. These objects are the receptacles of culture, familial histories and are integral to our everyday lives. The practices associated with crafting materials such as clay, glass, fibre, wood and metal are shared across cultures and offer avenues for communities to sit down and share in a common language.

IOTA21 will take place at various locations in Perth and across Western Australia from September November 2021.

Visit to view the program and key artists.
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