Hello and welcome to the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial newsletter.
The past year has been exceptionally busy following the announcement in late 2018 of the intended Triennial 2021. We are pleased that the concept has been well received, both here in Australia and around the Ocean’s rim. Our team of independent curators has been researching, planning, meeting artists and organisations, and discussing the production of the exhibition and auxiliary projects in the community.
Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to and how the planning for the first Indian Ocean Craft Triennial is progressing… due to take place in Perth, Western Australia (WA) in 2021.
The story so far…
A large part of our work has been about reaching out to the craft sector, both organisations and individuals, to build a collaborative framework for the Triennial. And a significant amount of time spent responding to the (frankly) astonishing levels of interest both in Western Australia, Australia and in Indian Ocean Rim countries as the network of art-craft-makers and supporters grows.
As an independent group of curators, we value the support of the visual arts and craft community in the realisation of our vision to create and present superb exhibitions of craft based works that talk to and challenge the extraordinary times we live in.
‘Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday’ is our overarching theme; expanded into areas of votive, adornment, utility and shelter. Importantly, the premise is under-pinned by global issues around sustainability, dispossession, reposession, industrialisation, and transforming technologies.
We plan to enable artist exchanges, residencies and collaborations where possible. You are encouraged to contact us with a proposal if this is something of interest. Work also continues towards building an engaging conference, and a public program of workshops, artist talks, masterclasses and films to be held during the exhibition period of September to November 2021.
If you would like to send a proposal for this program, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.