OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers with the intention to support Western Australian creative talent that was just starting out in the world.

Being on the left hand side of Australia no longer

means you'll be at a disadvantage.

Our aim is to support all creative designers and events showcasing independent labels. MOTL is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation. You may wonder why we promote other markets besides MOTL; it’s because it’s not about us, its about you; the buyers and sellers of indie wares. Here at the blog, you’ll discover up to date information about our latest market, the low-down on some of Perth’s emerging talents, other opportunities for artists and designers and a little bit of fun stuff too. It’s all right here… welcome!

Wednesday, March 4

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award applications open

Australia’s richest and most prestigious print award returns in 2015 with a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. Now in its 40th anniversary year, the Award and exhibition continue to present the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.

First Prize $16,000. Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection. 
Second Prize $6,000.

Enter now
Applications now open – click here to begin your application.
Entries close 5pm, 22 May, 2015.
Call 9432 9555 for more information. 

Exhibition opening Fri 25 Sept, 6:30pm | Exhibition runs Sat 26 Sept – Sun 15 Nov

Tuesday, March 3

Stretch Arts Festival Art Markets

An opportunity exists for designers, craftspeople, and gourmets to exhibit and sell their products during the Stretch Arts Festival in Festival Square, presented by Act-Belong-Commit.

Date: Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 May 2015
Where: Festival Square, Ormsby Tce, Mandurah (near the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Reading Cinemas)
Event Duration: 10.00am - 4.00pm, setup will be allocated between 7.30am - 9.30am
Site: 3m x 3m space
Cost:  $90 1 day
         $150 both days
         $135 both days, if you are a resident within the ‘6210’ area

Important Details:
• There are 15 sites available only, so get your application forms in.
• Stallholders must exhibit for the full day.
• Products must be handmade by the stallholder.
• Stallholders who value-add to a product must provide significant creative input into the final product.
• If you wish to share a stall each applicant must complete an application form.
• You are required to provide your own marquee/shade.
• You are required to have your own public liability insurance and provide evidence.

Completed application form to be returned by Friday, 13 March 2015.
If you would like further information or to submit your application form email Heather-Jayne Battye at harperandmonroe@gmail.com

Enid Twiglet's Embroidery Academy

Would you like to learn embroidery from one of our stallholders? 
Learn the art of hand embroidered illustration with Enid Twiglet at the upcoming Thread Illustration Workshop. A perfect workshop for those with no previous experience with embroidery. You will learn a number of different illustration techniques using thread to create a unique piece of illustrative hoop art. Each person will receive their own embroidery kit including an embroidery hoop, fabric, needles and thread.

When: Sat 18 April 12pm - 4pm, 
Where: at BiBi, 70 High Street Fremantle
Price: $85
Bookings essential: hello@enidtwiglet.com

Monday, March 2

Beaufort Street art market

Beaufort Street Art Market is held from 9am - 1pm on the first Sunday of each month in the Barlee Street Carpark (corner of Barlee and Beaufort Streets, Mount Lawley). All work for sale must be West Australian designed and made products only.

You can apply for 2 sections -
Artisan stall: a 3m x 3m space. Stall holders are to provide their own marquee (white or navy only), tables and chairs if required.
The suitcase gallery: for artists and designers to fill their suitcases to the brim with arty wares and display for sale in the mini scaled suitcase stall zone. Two suitcases per spot are allowed and you are permitted to hang up to 5 paintings on the fence.

Find the application form on the Beaufort St Network website. For further information or questions, email the Beaufort Street Network – artmarket@beaufortstreet.com.au

Friday, February 27

BYO Craft Meet Up

Craft Bound is hosting a social craft group meet up on Sunday, 1st March, 2015, 10.00am to 12.30pm.
BYO new or unfinished craft projects, make new crafty friends and share ideas. The cost is $7 (18+ adults only meet up). Please make a booking via www.craftbound.com.au

Date: Sunday, 1st March, 2015
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Venue: North Perth Lesser Hall, 24 View Street, North Perth.

Wednesday, February 25

Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books Exhibition 2015

On the Shelf (detail) by Thurle Wright
Between the Sheets: Artists’ Books Exhibition 2015 is an exhibition of the work of 53 leading and emerging International and Australian artists. Gallery East present artists’ books from Australia, Europe, UK, Zimbabwe, USA and Asia. Printmakers, photographers, wordsmiths, textile artists, painters, sculptors and digital artists employ both traditional and contemporary art practices to create personal and universal takes on this most fascinating of art forms.

Opening 6pm Friday 6th March, 2015. RSVP to

Exhibition details
9 March – 2 April
12 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 

Peel, Fondle, Ogle exhibition

A new exhibition of works at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space is investigating the transformative nature of the physical body.

Kimberley Pace’s exhibition, Peel, Fondle, Ogle is part of her Master of Arts by Research studies at ECU and incorporates multiple components including garment, video, sound, sculpture and performance.

The exhibition aims to explore the in-between condition of the body, where the internal body finishes and the external begins. It also investigates the in-between spaces, such as the orifices of the body, as spaces which simultaneously entice and repel us.

“Often the sites of the body that we consider desirable and erotic are also sites of repulsion and disgust,” Ms Pace said.

Ms Pace said while making this work visitors to her studio would be compelled to squeeze, fondle, caress, poke and stroke the developing garments while telling her they felt repelled or uncomfortable doing so.

“This interaction demonstrated for me how exchangeable desire and repulsion on the body is,” she said.

Opening night will include a performance where three models will wear and interact with the works in the exhibition.

Event details
Tuesday, 24 February until Friday, 6 March 2015 
Spectrum Project Space, Building 3, Room 3.191, ECU, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm to 5pm    

Opening event and live performance
Friday, 27 February 2015 
6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Artist Talk
Thursday, 5 March 2015 

Lomomatrix - Film photography day

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Time to get out your cameras, film rolls and creative spirits to celebrate Film Photography Day on Friday 13th April, 2013!

Lomography is a worldwide community sharing the passion for analogue photography. Saturday 13th April is Film Photography Day - celebrate with this LomoMatrix* event!

Perth Meet Up Details:

Location: Hyde Park, Vincent Street - by the water playground.
Date: Saturday 13 April
Time: 11am - 1pm
Bring your cameras (35mm is best for LomoMatrix), and we will supply the film… Don't forget your funny hats, party balloons, streamers, inflatable friends, cosplay outfits and water pistols.

*LomoMatrix - Gather a bunch of Lomographers together, create a massive circle and let them shoot a picture right at the same time of somebody who makes a cool move in the middle. The outcome? A 360 degrees ‘Matrix’ – Lomography style.

Click here to register your attendance so they know how much film to bring. RSVP essential! Limited places.

Summerset Festival 2013 - Expressions of Interest

Summerset is calling all creative types!

“Our vision is to showcase the unique lifestyle and diversity of the City of Stirling through a range of free and low cost events and activities that celebrate our heritage, art, music and culture.” 

Are you an artist, a venue or part of a community organisation? Do you have an idea, or an existing project that you would love to showcase to a wider audience, with the possibility of FREE publicity?

The City of Stirling is currently calling for visual and/or performing artists and organisations to showcase, exhibit or perform in the City’s biggest community arts celebration, the 2013 Summerset Arts Festival! The festival attracts over 30,000 people across a range of events and activities all jam packed into 3 weeks in February!

They are seeking expressions of interest from groups and individuals skilled in the areas of dance, music, theatre, visual and performing arts, projects, workshops and/or installations that are unique, inclusive and professional and best support the Festival's vision. Preference will be given to local groups based within the City of Stirling. 

In exchange, The City of Stirling will provide marketing and promotion, assist with event management (where necessary) and in some circumstances, may also provide infrastructure or additional funding for the event or activity.  

Download the ‘Call for Expressions of Interest’  information and application pack, and get involved!. Check out the last two festival programs here.  Submit applications no later than 4.00pm Friday, 31 August, 2012.

Contact Cultural Services on 9205 8555 or email culture@stirling.wa.gov.au for more information or to discuss your ideas!

Made on the Left KickstART Markets workshop

Join Made on the Left for a workshop and networking session as a part of the KickstART Festival! With the KickstART Markets fast approaching, the Made on the Left team will be discussing everything you need to know about selling at markets, with heaps of handy tips about developing your creative business, including;

- Pricing your products/services
- Stall aesthetics
- Tips and advice for selling at markets
- Approaching shops for wholesale

- Coming up with your business name
- Branding and packaging for handmade products;
- and much more.

You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other independent artists and small business owners.

Past stallholders at the KickstART Markets have found this workshop incredibly beneficial and useful to their business and art practice. We strongly encourage everyone who is in the early stages of building their creative business or practice to come along. Entry is free.

When: Thursday, March 13 from 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Where: Venue in central Northbridge TBA
Register through the Propel website: http://www.propel.org.au/events/1356

Presented by Propel Youth Arts WA in celebration of National Youth Week, the KickstART Festival is a massive series of events designed to spark your creativity. The KickstART Festival will be serving up an assortment of arts workshops, performances, discussion forums, live music, special events and activities from 5 - 26th 
April, 2014