OUR mission statement

MADE ON THE LEFT was founded in 2008 by independent designers to support Western Australian creative talent. We hold bi-annual handmade craft markets to showcase local designers.

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!

Monday, May 31

WAMi 2010 most popular music video

We love creative people so when one of our previous stallholders contacted us with some news we just had to share it with you all!

Blac Blocs - NVDA , won this year's WAMi 2010 Most Popular Music Video

A stop-motion animation music video by Perth filmmaker, Richard Eames and Made On The Left artist, Helena Tay Eames.

Shot on a DSLR (Canon 350d) it tells the story of a young suburban couple dutifully enslaved to debt and the assembly line worker punished by others’ lust for cheap commodities. An exploration of the inherent and displaced violence of our domestic lives. The video comprised from 10,100 still images.

Check out the video on youtube or via the embedded video below!

Thursday, May 27

DCA Arts Edge E-News #3

E-News#3 contains a collection of stories to inspire and inform arts educators and teaching artists.
In the Feature Article find information on the AIR Grants Program. Briefing sessions have been held however details are all available online.
In the Spotlight on Success story you will find a review of the 2010 Performing Arts Perspectives and advance news of next years dates for this popular performance.
There are a range of exhibitions, performances and events highlighted in this edition which will be of interest to teachers across a variety of art forms. In E-News#3 find information of competitions, education resources, professional development, performances and, incursions which are available in the coming months.
Click on the link to download the latest edition of the ArtsEdge E-News http://www.artsedge.dca.wa.gov.au/e-news3_000.htm

Monday, May 24

Applications Open - Craft Thyme

Applications are now open for stallholders for Craft Thyme's Winter Gift & Craft Fair

Admission - $4
Children - Free
Held - Saturday 24th July 9:30am - 4:00pm

Held at the Cannington Exhibition Centre. Showcasing a huge variety of stalls, but concentrating more on country style.

Check out their website for all the information you need.

Friday, May 21

Set your own shop up at Edith Cowan University

Lia Simmonds, a local wholesale agent, has been approached by Edith Cowan University who has a fantastic opportunity for Western Australian creators.
Edith Cowan University bookshop are putting a call out to all interested WA designers, artists and craftspeople to sell their wares as part of "Artist/Designer Day" to be held every Wednesday during first and second semester. This is a day where an invited artist/designer is to set up their shop within the ECU Mount Lawley Campus Bookshop. Each designer would be rostered for approximately one day per month from 10.00am until 2.00pm depending on the number of responses.

Portraits by Megan Isabella

For the winter months the lovely Megan Isabella has a great opportunity. Get a portrait of yourself created for only $70. Each portrait is created in gouache & pencil, A3 in size measuring 297mm x 420mm.

Double Vision Exhibition at YMCA Gallery

An exhibition by Brendan and Sophia Gilet
Opening: 2.00pm-5.00pm, Saturday 29th May
Running: 29th May – 17th June, Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm

Thursday, May 20

Upcoming workshop at SODA

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Made On The Left Applications Open!

Heard the news? The Applications for the next Made On The Left market are now OPEN!

Head over to the website for all the details and to submit your application. Closing date is the 31st of March. We're so excited by the potential line up so far. Since Monday we have already had over 40 applications....... make sure you don't miss out on being part of such a great event.

Monday, May 17

Workshops @ Town Of Vincent = Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversations

A series of talks and workshops celebrating the arts in the Town of Vincent

Vincent is noted for the number of creative individuals living and working within its boundaries. Creative Conversations aims to highlight some of these individuals and share their skills, creativity, knowledge and enthusiasm with the broader community.

The talks will be held at the Library & Local History Centre and feature prominent artists across many fields – Kevin Robertson (figurative painter), Barry Strickland (writer/documentary maker), Tony Nathan (photographer), Chrissie Parrott and Jonathan Mustard (dance and multi-media artists), Judith Forrest (visual artist) and Adrian Iredale (architect).

The workshops will be held in various locations around the Town and include topics such as painting, documenting artwork, film-making, T-shirt design (youth workshop) and drawing.

A Celebration of Writing will also be held at The Bodhi Tree from 24 July-1 August 2010.

Beginning in June, the programme will run for approximately six weeks.

See the program for details.

or check out the website.

Thursday, May 13

Exhibition Space for Artists at Barking Gecko


We are looking for artists with a cultural connection to Africa to display artwork in the foyer of The Subiaco Arts centre 6-17th July. This coincides with Barking Gecko¹s public season of The African Magician and will have a high level of foot traffic for 2 weeks.

There are 2 areas where artwork, jewellery and sculptures can be displayed. Please see attached pictures and below measurements for more info.

1. Two Walls with a picture rail
* smaller wall is 2m (w) x 2m (h)
* larger wall is 4.5m (w) x 2m (h)
* FYI current pictures on the wall are 167cm (h) x 100cm(w)

2. Three Glass cabinets
* 2 cabinets with a moveable shelf 158cm(h) x 70cm(w) x 48cm(d)
* 1 cabinet with a moveable shelf 158cm (h) x 29cm (w) x 46cm (d)

What is in it for artists:

* Free exhibition space
* Ability to provide business card sized artist information include price,
contact details and website/blog
* Mentions on the Barking Gecko and Kulcha website
* The opening night event will be promoted to media

Please send a picture of the artwork with the size measurements to marketing@kulcha.com.au by Monday 24th of May 2010.

Fremantle Bazaar - call out for applicants!

Fremantle Art Centre’s annual Bazaar takes place over the first weekend of December. We pride ourselves on presenting our audience with the highest calibre of West Australian designed wares, from crafts and homewares to fashion, textiles, jewellery and beyond.
In 2010 we introduce a new format for Bazaar, where the Friday night market is open to the public. This enables us to trade at full capacity from 5pm–9pm Friday night, alongside the 9am–5pm hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Please take note of some important points before proceeding with the registration of interest form.
Applications are collected until close of business, Friday 6 August.
Applications must be accompanied by examples of your work and some written material about your business, and what you create. Hard copies mailed or delivered to FAC are preferable, but high-quality colour photographs are also accepted via e-mail.
The quality of the examples you send will have a direct bearing on the outcome of your application. Any information you can provide about why you’re a great fit for Bazaar will help inform the judges’ decision.
A team of experienced judges from Fremantle Arts Centre will select the stallholders for Bazaar 10. The judges’ decision is final.
Only stallholders with exclusively WA designed material can be selected. Proof that your work bears a strong connection to WA will be required if requested. FAC reserves the right to reject applications on the basis of this criterion.
Fremantle Arts Centre takes a 25% + GST commission on all sales. There is strict protocol for making sales – all transactions occur at the sales tent, never at the stall.
Signage is supplied by Fremantle Arts Centre unless by special arrangement.
Bazaar is a cornerstone of Fremantle Arts Centre’s annual program. It is a highlight of the WA events calendar, and attracts eager shoppers from all corners of the state. Please join us in making this year’s Bazaar yet another fine showcase of the state’s best wares in our most exciting Christmas market yet.
For an application form head to Fremantle Arts Centre

Wednesday, May 12

Art n About Market - Stallholder Callout

Here's an email we received that we thought you might be interested in:
Dear talented artists and all masters of craft!!
Would you like to be a stallholder at our ART 'n' ABOUT markets? To warm up the winter months, our next market is scheduled for Sunday 4 July 2010 at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre.
Please email us at events@wanneroo.wa.gov.au for our stallholder information sheet and application form. Fill out your details and send us back the application sheet to be included as a stallholder at our next markets!
Deadline for application and payment is Friday 11 June 2010.
Here's some more info from the application form:
The cost for a stall space for both the July and December markets is $33.00 each including GST. You are also required to
be covered by Public Liability/Products Insurance and may need to pay an additional fee to be covered. (See below)
This year, Art ‘n’ About will incorporate craft workshops/seminars. Attendees can book into the workshops to learn about an
array of craft making techniques. If you feel you could contribute your knowledge or skills in a workshop scenario, please
call the events officer on 9405 5362 to discuss.
A limited number of early bird applicants will have the opportunity to display some of their items at the Wanneroo Library
and Cultural Centre in the month lead up to the event. Items will be showcased in lockable display cases within the great
court venue foyer.