The Antipodean Steampunk Show

June 26, 2014


Discover the alternative world of Steampunk, in a dynamic exhibition set to captivate the public from 30 June.  Opening at The National Trust of Victoria's headquarters, The Antipodean Steampunk Show explores one of the largest growing sub-cultures in the world, with a fascinating mix of past, future and fantasy.

It comes as no surprise that followers of Steampunk's journey are growing in number, considering much of its movement steers away from mainstream consumerism, with a strong sense of sustainability it its upcycling, fixing and mending culture. 

Where science-fiction meets fashion, and fantasy meets technology, The Antipodean Steampunk Show has been touring the country exhibiting a collection of works by 21 artists including engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoe-makers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, tinkerers, designers and hobbyists.

Works by both local and international artists are included in the exhibit, where you can expect to find a variety of Steampunk influences in pieces such as jewellery, shoes, time machines, ray guns, photography and music players, where contemporary technology and Victorian styling collide to reflect 19th century aesthetics.

There will also be a series of themed workshops and events to take part in over the course of the exhibition:

Make your own Steampunk Paper Silhouette - 5 July,  11am

Artist Fyodor Krasniy will talk about his process for making paper silhouettes and you can have a go at silhouette cutting and shadow puppetry

(Adult $20, Concession and National Trust Member $18)

How to Write Steampunk Workshop - 12 July, 11am

Writer Michael Pryor will discuss his books including "The Chronicles of Krangor, Laws of Magic and 10 Futures", along with key elements of writing Steampunk Literature. This workshop is designed for budding writers.

(Adult $20, Concession and National Trust Member $18)

Goggle Making for Kids - 19 July, 11am

Create your own iconic Steampunk artefact. Cliff will appear in costume as 'maduncle' and the workshop will be presented in theatrical style. Using materials such as cardboard tubes, cellophane and pipe cleaners, children will make their very own pair of goggles and then finish the workshop with a fashion parade of their creations.

(Child $18, National Trust Member Child $16)

 A Steampunk Conversation - 1 August, 6:30pm

Share a glass of bubbles and wander through the Antipodean Steampunk exhibition after dark.  Here from three prominent Melbourne based Steampunk artists; Clif Overton, Caleb Heinselman and Alexandra Gill-Chambers.

(Adult $18, National Trust Member $15)

Pre-book workshops and events here

The Antipodean Steampunk Show will run from 30 June to 8 August 2014, open daily from 10am to 4pm. Tasma Terrace, 6 Parliament Place, East Melbourne

Tickets can be purchased at the Tasma Terrace Gift Shop or online.

$10.00 Adult
$ 7.50 Concession
$ 5.00 Child and National Trust Members

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