Contemporary technology and Victorian styling join forces in spectacular fashion in this exhibition. Rapidly changing technology and an obsession with consumption have led to a habit of replacement, with today’s production lines quickly becoming tomorrow’s landfill. The Steampunk movement rails against this trend. Extraordinary craftsmanship is used to transform mass-produced products into unique objects of desire. The artists come from a range of backgrounds and include engineer-sculptors, artist-scientists, shoemakers, jeweller-taxidermists, writers, performers, photographers, film-makers, designers and tinkerers.

The Antipodean Steampunk Show is an artisan travelling exhibition.This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providingfunding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
artisan is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. artisan acknowledges the assistance of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

[image right, detail] Kate O’Brien, Ava nara, 2008. digital photograph. 50.8 x 40.6cm© the artist.

Artwork: Kate O'Brien's photograph 'Ava Nara', 2008