Art of craft on show at Indian Ocean Triennial

A stunning array of craft-based artists reflect on the medium's power to penetrate the contemporary art world.
An African man wearing colourful glasses made from discarded car parts

Four years ago, WA curators Carola Akindele-Obe, Maggie Baxter and Jude van der Merwe realised they weren’t the only ones drawn to the infinite potential of craft in the contemporary world.

Witnessing an unexpectedly large crowd at a small craft magazine launch in Fremantle, they knew it was time to harness the power of craft and work on a large-scale festival to celebrate the diversity of work by practitioners in the Indian Ocean region.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).