HUFF AND PUFF: The Antipodean Steampunk Show features highly imaginative themed pieces of art at The Workshops Rail Museum.
HUFF AND PUFF: The Antipodean Steampunk Show features highly imaginative themed pieces of art at The Workshops Rail Museum. Sarah Harvey

Steampunk exhibition to draw subculture devotees to museum

Kate O’Brien’s Ava Nara at The Workshops Rail Museum.
Kate O’Brien’s Ava Nara at The Workshops Rail Museum. Sarah Harvey

IF TODAY'S technology was introduced in the 19th century, what would the world look like?

The Antipodean Steampunk Show answers this question in a spectacular mash-up of past, future and fantasy.

The exhibition will be at the Workshops Rail Museum until October 13.

Steampunk was born in fiction writing in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi Cyberpunk genre.

It's a time that never existed, but today it has become a fast growing culture, particularly in Ipswich.

Earlier this month thousands of Steampunk enthusiasts descended on the city for SteamFest Australia.

Now, in keeping with the Victorian-era science fiction movement, people can revel in the culture with the latest Antipodean Steampunk Show.

The artists contributing to the exhibition come from a range of cross-disciplinary backgrounds including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoemakers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and hobbyists.

Brisbane-based artist Kate O'Brien, whose work features in the exhibition, will hold steampunk inspired workshops at The Workshops Rail Museum on September 7 and 8.

Attendees are asked to bring a small item from home such as a picture frame, jewellery box or notebook to use during the session as Ms O'Brien demonstrates using mixed media methods including over painting, assemblage and aging techniques to create a look of "beautiful decay".

Workshops Rail Museum director Andrew Moritz said hosting the workshops was a fun match for the Ipswich museum, especially with the growing interest in the steampunk genre.

"This is the perfect setting for visitors to turn a possession into a thing of beauty," Mr Moritz said.

"It's what this historic site is about, and the chance to draw on Kate's expertise and appreciation for art history.

"For a subculture that's born out of literature, it lends itself well for creative inspiration, and for people to get a taste of it without feeling intimidated."

Steampunk Art Workshop tickets cost $20 each and include entry to the Museum and to The Antipodean Steampunk Show exhibition.

Seats are limited and bookings are essential for the 90 minute sessions.

Classes start at 11am and 2pm on the Saturday September 7 and Sunday, September 8.

For further information and bookings phone 3432 5100 or visit the website theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.



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