11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 18 September 2021

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 – 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.

To register to attend, visit the IOTA21 website.

Full registrations include all events, e.g. two-day conference and fashion event. Single day tickets are not changeable, please select your preferred day only.

Please note: All tickets allow for online attendance, as part of contingency planning. Livestream tickets are not sold separately.


11.00am – 11.55am Artists’ Floor Talk with Melissa Cameron, Jan Griffiths, Garry Sibosado and Monique Tippett

12.00pm – 1.00pm Curator’s Tour with Jude van der Merwe


John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Building 200A, Bentley Campus, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102
For further information, visit jcg.curtin.edu.au or call (08) 9266 4155. If you have special requirements to enable you to participate in this event, please contact JCG. For more information about AccessAbility services at Curtin University please visit curtin.edu.au

The John Curtin Gallery co-presents the central international exhibition with Fremantle Arts Centre for this new festival of contemporary craft IOTA21: Indian Ocean Craft Triennial. 

The artists in the inaugural Indian Ocean Craft Triennial: Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday are guided by principles of craft as a social practice capable of enhancing community innovation, collaboration and economic improvement. 

Blending traditional practice with contemporary materials and expressions they explore themes such as ceremony, colonisation, gender politics, ritual, and culture. Works include ceramics, fibre and textiles, weaving and painting.