Steampunk artists looking forward to third exhibition

Professor E-Madgin (aka Wayne Hill), of Riverton, with the Re-Atom-Iz-Er he created for the Riverton Community Arts Centre Steampunk Exhibition, which opens next month.

THE past that never was, and the future that never will be’ is how some people describe steampunk.

Gearing up for next month’s Steampunk Exhibition at the Riverton Community Arts Centre (RCAC), artists have created works ranging from portraits and sculptures to ensembles, hats, goggles, and even a time machine in a box.

Steampunk fused fashion and elements from the Victorian industrial revolution with the futuristic world of Victorian authors such as HG Wells and other fantasises, and was only limited by people’s imaginations.

Mix the culture, style and imagination of the 19th century with science fiction, fantasy, futurism and creative invention, and from this fusion of ideas will emerge a creation quintessentially steampunk.

However, steampunk was also about lifestyle, whimsy and out-of-the-box creativity.

Held on an irregular basis, RCAC co-ordinator Hayley Landreth said the exhibition would be the third since the first one was held in 2014.

Christine Brown, of Invercargill, wearing a gator-aid mask created by Professor E-Madgin (aka Wayne Hill), checks out the exhibition piece, Unseen Scream, at the Riverton Community Arts Centre ahead of the Steampunk Exhibition.

“Expect the unexpected,” was how she described what may be.

Artists from as far away as Mosgiel, Gore, Edendale and Invercargill would exhibit alongside Riverton artists, with at least 28 diverse works produced by at least 13 different artists.

Third-time entrant in the steampunk exhibition, Riverton artist Professor E-Madgin, aka Wayne Hill, who had about eight pieces in next month’s exhibition, said he continued to take part in the various steampunk events because “I love the concept of steampunk and I love the freedom within the concept”.

Depending on Covid-19 alert levels, the season might begin with an opening night at the centre on Palmerston St, Riverton, on Friday, October 1, at 6pm, with dressing in steampunk encouraged, Landreth said.

“It will depend on alert levels… If we are at level 1 we will.

“But, if we don’t have an opening night, we may have a closing night, which would be notified at a later date.”

  • Riverton Community Arts Centre Steampunk Exhibition, Saturday, October 2, to Monday, October 25, RCAC, Palmerston St, Riverton.