After a great IOTA21, get ready for IOTA24!

The Fremantle Shipping News was pleased to attend the launch of IOTA24 – the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial 2024 – at Fremantle’s Maritime Museum on Saturday 1 June.

While a large container ship was quietly slipping out of the inner harbour bound for Singapore, Freda Oglivie, a Whadjuk/Ballardong Elder, delivered a beautiful Welcome to Country followed by an expressive and dramatic musical composition by Pavan Hari and Shiva Kumar – you could have heard a pin drop.

This international exhibition will highlight work from artists and groups from six Indian Ocean countries – India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa – as well as First Nations Australians and Australians of diverse heritages.

IOTA is a not-for-profit organisation based in Perth/Boorloo, which was set up in response to the phenomenal success of the inaugural event in 2021.

IOTA24 is proudly supported by major partners: Lotterywest, WA Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries and Founding Partner Curtin University.

The exciting event will run for 3 months, from August – October 2024 with 32 lead artists with over 70 exhibitions in a community-led festival program to the theme of ‘Codes in Parallel’, reflecting on craft as a universal language.

Over 300 WA craftspeople from Esperance to Broome have been planning for the event for 2 years.

There will be exhibitions at Fremantle Arts Centre, John Curtin Gallery, Yagan Mia Wireless Hill Park and Holmes a Court Gallery.

Rural exhibitions will take place in Albany, Bunbury, Rockingham, Mandurah and Margaret River, to mention a few.

The event is expected to attract 180,000 visitors over the 3-month period.

IOTA24 will be an extraordinary and vibrant event, inviting the wider community to participate and reflect on how craft can drive future benefits.

Watch this space.

Read more here about IOTA24

By Jean Hudson


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