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, 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

Mother's Day Markets

Palmyra Western Farmers Market Mother's Day Pop Shop Art/Craft Market is on the morning of Sunday 27th April from 8am – 12pm. This will be held alongside their weekly Farmers Market. Stalls are from $50. Stallholders will need to bring all equipment e.g. trestle tables, chairs, etc.  To apply, contact Pally Pop Shop on pallyfarm@live.com or 0433 433 077 during normal business hours. All applications must be received by COB Thursday 24th April.

Subi Farmers Market will be holding a Mother's Day market on Saturday 3rd May from 8am. You will need to bring along a 3m x 3m marquee and trestle table to display your products. To apply, send a few photos of your product asap to Anna - manager@subifarmersmarket.com.au

Tuesday, February 17

Artist Talks

Deadline is holding the first in a series of artists talks (catered to artists of all mediums) on Tuesday the 24th at the Blue Room Theatre.

Come along, be inspired and pick the brains of some creative industry greats! 

Entry is pay what you feel. Arrive at 6:45 for a 7pm start.

Deadline is about giving artists with a lack of deadlines - deadlines. It exists as a way to get emerging artists (or artists that can only do art in their spare time) to make art that they've been putting off making and to evolve as artists through skill development and new challenges. 

About the speakers:

Guy Hamilton Howlett (Senior Creative) 
Guy Hamilton Howlett did a lot of things in his 20s: short filmmaker, musician, screenwriter and more. But not very well. Then, the day before he turned 27, he began a career in advertising. He's now recognized as WA's most consistently awarded creative. He will be giving the most important talk. Ever. 

Mike Sequeira (Creative Director) 
Michael Sequeira, Creative Director at Trilogy, is an award-winning Creative with over 25 years experience in Perth and in London. He has created campaigns for clients as diverse Master Card, Coke, L’OrĂ©al, IKEA, Kleenheat and Peet. In Mike’s opinion everyone has the ability to be more creative.

Bonnie Davies (Comedian)
Bonnie Davies has performed and worked across events, festivals, arts organisations, music and comedy in both Perth and the UK. She's also a big fan of lists and getting things done – so if you want to get better at managing your time and getting shit done - she's the one for the job. 

Deadline Tuesday Talks are proudly sponsored by Healthway, to promote the Drug Aware Message, and Propel Youth Arts WA.