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!

Friday, September 27

Mandurah Suitcase Market applications open

Smart Street Parties are a series of four twilight events in Smart St Mall, Mandurah, from 5 – 9pm on 8th Nov, 6th Dec 2013, 17th Jan and 14th Feb 2014.

Applications are now open for the Suitcase Market. Your suitcase (any size) is your stall and sites are only $5 each! Anyone can be a stallholder and you can sell whatever you like from your suitcase but preference will be given to hand-crafted items and quality second-hand goods. Children are welcome to be stallholders; this is a great way for them to clean out their toy boxes or get creative and earn some pocket money. Apply now as sites are limited. For more information or an application form email smartstreetparties@gmail.com 

These events are presented by Community Solutions Mandurah with support from local businesses.

Thursday, September 26

IGA Perth Royal Show Photography Competition

Planning on visiting the IGA Perth Royal Show this coming week?

Make sure you take your camera and enter your best show photo, for a chance to WIN $150 in-store voucher!

Submit your original photos by the 6th October: https://www.facebook.com/LeedervilleCameras/app_179923992195011

The winning image will be announced on the 7th October and showcased throughout the Leederville Camera House online network.

Monday, September 23

Stallholders wanted for OnWilliam markets

OnWilliam have a few events coming up and applications for stallholders are open now!

The Retro Rumble Markets
When: 11am - 5pm, Sunday 24th November 2013 
Where: Russell Square, Northbridge.

The inaugural Retro Rumble Free Festival is a diverse retro music and arts festival brought to us by HMS PopUp Productions which will bring Northbridge alive with the sounds of forgotten eras, in some of Northbridge’s less frequented spaces. Live music and a classic car show will compliment the massive retro ‘custom culture’ markets in Russell Square. 

See the website for the event here
See the Facebook event here

When: 5pm - 10pm, Friday 13th December 2013
Where: Perth Cultural Centre

OnWilliam in conjunction with MRA will again host Illuminites for the third year running. This has gained a reputation as a must visit pre Christmas market.

See the 2012 website here
See photos from the 2012 event here

Please complete the online application form by 5pm Friday 27 September if you would like to participate: www.onwilliam.com.au/apply

Friday, September 20

MOSAIC: 24 Hours

Anyone and everyone in Western Australia is invited to set aside a couple of minutes on Saturday September 28th to capture a moment from their day on camera for MOSAIC, a unique photography project which captures 24 hours of life in Western Australia. All submitted photos will then be used to create an exhibition in Brookfield place this November.

Unlike traditional photography exhibitions, participants are able to use the tools at their disposal to capture their photo including smart phones, DSLRs, tablets and point and shoot cameras. There are no age restrictions, as long as you are in Western Australia on September 28, you are welcome to participate.

Here's how to get involved:

August 27 - September 27
Register your interest in the project. You can opt in to receive a free text message reminder about the photo day. Register here

September 28
Capture a highlight from your day on your camera, smart phone, tablet or any other tool at your disposal. Use the hashtag #mosaicprojectwa to share your photo through social media.

September 28 - October 4 
Submit your image via our website or email your photo to hello@propel.org.au with your name and contact details. Check out the FAQ Sheet for troubleshooting advice and more information about what you can send in.

November 4 - 15
Visit your image in the exhibition at the Brookfield Place Lobby.

City of South Perth Fiesta 2014

The City of South Perth is currently seeking an Expression of Interest from community groups, businesses, local organisations, visual artists, performance artists and theatre groups who would like to be part of the City of South Perth FIESTA from 8 March – 22 March 2014.

The City of South Perth’s FIESTA is an annual festival held over three weeks in March each year attracting up to 30,000 people. FIESTA’s 19 year tradition is cemented in the community as an iconic feature of the area. Since its inception in 1994 this much loved festival has continued to grow in notoriety each year and now enjoys a solid reputation as one of the longest run local government festivals in WA. In March 2014, this premier community festival will celebrate its 20th year anniversary and will incorporate a theme to celebrate the momentous occasion - “Explosion of Colour – Celebrating 20 years of Fiesta in 2014”.

The City is seeking events and activities that are unique, inclusive, well planned and best support the Fiesta 2014 theme to be incorporated into the festival program. Examples of the sort of events and activities include; art exhibitions, theatre performances, fairs, sporting competitions (that incorporate the theme), lawn bowls and croquet evenings, children’s storytelling, place activation (i.e. the park(ing) day campaign), workshops, cooking classes, trails or tours and/or seminars. 

Expression of Interest forms are to be returned to the City of South Perth by Tuesday 1st October 2013. If you have any accompanying photographs, website links or examples of the type of event/activity you would like to host, please submit these as part of your expression.

Please contact the Arts and Events officer on:
Email: events@southperth.wa.gov.au
Phone: (08) 9474 0707

EOI’s and submissions
Email: events@southperth.wa.gov.au
Deliver/Post: FIESTA EOI’s
                  Civic Centre, CnrSandgate St & South Terrace, 
                  South Perth, WA, 6151

Friday, September 6

Illustrators wanted

Urban Walkabout has an excellent opportunity for a freelance illustrator to create artworks for their publications.

Urban Walkabout is a well established and growing publishing business that promotes outstanding labels and independent retailers, galleries, cafes and restaurants in urban villages using maps through print publications, web and mobile technologies. The business’ core focus is fashion, design, art, food and lifestyle.

They are looking for:

  • Freelance artists and illustrators for the creation of artworks for the Urban Walkabout Perth Guide covers
  • Minimum 4 original artworks created for the Perth guide series, to be developed with the Director.
  • Artworks to be created and supplied according to a production schedule in advance of publication.

Please send through expressions of interest with a resume and sample of your work to Katrina Adams - opportunities@urbanwalkabout.com.

studiOH! Spring Workshops

studiOH! have just announced their Spring Workshops series taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2013 in their pop-up space at the Kidogo Art Institute in Fremantle. 

The workshops are:
SCREEN PRINTING: make your own silk screen and use it to print pillowcases & tea towels
FISHBOWL TERRARIUMS: make a beautiful miniature green world to take home
ROPE COIL BASKETS: learn a modern take on the ancient art of rope coil basketry
POLYMER CLAY JEWELLERY: make your own polymer clay beads and turn them into beautiful jeweller

To win a free spot in the rope coil basket workshop, just visit their blog and leave a comment by 5pm this Friday, 6th September.

Tuesday, September 3

Remake Fig Style

Body art: Kyla Morgan. Painting: Gustav Klimt

The Fig CafĂ© has launched a remake competition to inspire. Recreate a famous painting to WIN A FREE MEAL EVERYDAY AT THE FIG FOR A YEAR!

They would like to see a remaking of the composure of one of 5 selected famous paintings with a photo with your special twist – it could be Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons or just composed with an iconic Perth backdrop...

How you interpret them is up to you, but it should be a recognisable homage to the original. Dress up, accessorise, parody, or plain old micky-take. The funnier the better! They can also be ‘set-ups’ of these paintings, rather than fancy-pants paintings or digital art. Some digital trickery can be used to tidy up your composition, but the scene setting is to be done by you guys!

Check their website for the entry form, details and terms & conditions. The competition runs from 1st Sept – 30th Nov, 2013.

Sunday, September 1

ArtsCAMP staff wanted

ArtsCAMP is an exciting weeklong creative experience for young people (15 –  17) to explore the arts and apply their talents in a real world setting happening from 6 – 10 October, 2013 at the Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp. 

ArtsCAMP 2013 is about developing the skills necessary to create marketable art. Campers will participate in large group activities as well as small group workshops, with the ultimate goal to create an album and music video from the ground up. 

Propel Youth Arts WA has coordinated the camp and they are looking for creative, collaborative, encouraging artists to teach students of varying skill levels in music performance, song writing, producing, sound mixing, photography, graphic design, and film. 

It’s important that you have experience working with young people in training settings, that you’re open-minded and flexible, and able to support young people in personal and creative growth.

To find out more about staff roles and responsibilities please visit www.propel.org.au/about/jobs/25

Applications for staff members close 13th September, 2013.

If you are 15 – 17 and would like to find out more about attending the camp, visit http://www.propel.org.au/projects/artscamp.