Topics:  art exhibition, ipswich art gallery

Steampunk to a tea

FUSION: Louise Geoghegan in costume ahead of the Ipswich Art Gallery Steampunk high tea on Saturday, March 2.
FUSION: Louise Geoghegan in costume ahead of the Ipswich Art Gallery Steampunk high tea on Saturday, March 2. Rob Williams

THE Ipswich Art Gallery will host a high tea with a twist, when Steampunk fanatics come to town next month.

The event will celebrate the gallery's current Steampunk exhibition, The Antipodean Steampunk Show, as well as the acquisition of a rare tea service.

Steampunk pieces such as boots are currently on show, allowing Ipswich residents to explore the trend that celebrates 19th century fashion fused with science fiction elements.

Art lovers will be able to meet Steampunk enthusiasts and learn more about the genre at the high tea.

"Local steampunk enthusiasts will be dressed in costume to welcome guests and a string trio will also be performing throughout the afternoon, making the High Tea in the Gallery an event not to be missed," Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairman Charlie Pisasale said.

 

Scott Driscoll in costume.
Scott Driscoll in costume.

 

Cr Pisasale said the regal vibe of the Steampunk show, combined with its celebration of fashion, sculpture and photography, made it the perfect setting for the special event.

Funds raised through the high tea will contribute to the gallery's acquisitions.

A hand-painted tea service, circa 1912 and designed by renowned botanist Ellis Rowan, is among the gallery's latest acquisitions.

The high tea will be held on Saturday, March 2, from 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at $50 each and can be booked by phoning 3810 7333 or via the "Events" page at ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au.

The Steampunk show will remain on show at the Ipswich Art Gallery until Sunday, April 14.

General entry to the gallery is free.



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