Steampunk art workshops at home of steam

21 August 2013

Brisbane based artist Kate O'Brien is injecting The Workshops Rail Museum with her brand of cool via her steampunk inspired art workshops on 7 and 8 September. 

Kate's work is featured in the Museum's latest temporary exhibition The Antipodean Steam Punk Show, on display until 13 October.

Workshop 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 Kate demonstrates using mixed media methods including over painting, assemblage and ageing techniques to create a look of 'beautiful decay'. 

Seats are limited and bookings are essential for the one and a half hour Steampunk Art Workshop, with sessions starting at 11am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said hosting the workshops was a fun match for the Ipswich icon 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, it's what this historic site is about, and the chance to draw on Kate's expertise and appreciation for art history," Mr Moritz said.

"Kate's art workshops can be enjoyed by the steampunk veteran or those who want to experiment with new mediums under the guidance of a talented artist on a weekend.

"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 The Antipodean Steampunk Show exhibition.

For further information, bookings and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum Network, is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage & Cultural Tourism.

Museum Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995