New Home For Steampunk


Steampunk The Thames now has its own headquarters, opening the doors for the first time on Saturday 4th August.

 

“Steampunk Central’s” launch event, ‘“W u n d e r k a m m e r’” is a Declaration of Independence Dance Party from 7:30pm. Seasoned steampunkers, along with anyone who’s curious and would like to learn more, are invited to come and enjoy a great night out complete with live band, light supper, and beverages at the Boilerhouse Brewery next door.  Become a “Citizen of the Republic” with a free visa and passport which allows discounted entry to Steampunk events and other bonuses.

 

Steampunk Central is located at the corner of Cochrane and Queen Street in Thames in the former Placemakers building. The base is an exciting evolution for Steampunk The Thames; providing a central location for Steampunk costumes, props and resources, an artspace, workshop, venue and performance space.

 

Steampunk Organiser, John McKeowen shares his vision of the new base as an opportunity for Thames to become an international Steampunk destination.  Its proximity to Grahamstown adds a new element to the lively precinct and the space will soon be home to regular markets, festivals and arts activity.

 

Steampunk Central is housed in a Heritage listed building with an industrial history.  The site was once home to Judd's Foundry, established in 1869, making goldmining and saw milling equipment. With a nod to history, Steampunk Central will continue the proud Thames tradition of creativity combined with industry.  

 

“The space is set up to become a creative hub for artists and craftspeople.  We envision future workshops in leather making, screen printing, ceramic tile making, just to name a few.  We hope to acquire a forge and a kiln in the future. It is a creative base to share tools, space and resources,” explains John.  

 

It is likely the space will be operated by volunteers so it is regularly available to the public. Anyone who would like to be involved is welcome to contact the Steampunk organisers.  Steampunk The Thames is a non-profit organisation, with any event proceeds going towards making Steampunk festival activities free and accessible for children and youth. John McKeowen acknowledges the commitment, generosity and support from the community to establish a physical location for Steampunk The Thames. The venue re-fit was made possible by a grant from Thames Community Board.

 

“Everything has been donated by community and we see it as a community place.  It will also be available to lend out to community groups.”

 

Costumes, props and equipment will be stored and made available at Steampunk Central. Modular configuration structures mean the venue will be versatile, allowing for a stage, catwalk, band space, exhibition space...whatever the occasion requires.  A spiraling staircase and high level platform allow audiences to look down and take in the fascination of the entire space from above.

 

“It’s a constant evolution,” says John, busy preparing Steampunk Central with opening night only days away.  “I can’t wait to show people how we’ve progressed.”

 

Tickets for Saturday’s launch party are $35, available for pre-sale online at https://www.steampunkthethames.org/.  Door sales will also be available on the night.

 

Visit Steampunk The Thames website or facebook page for more information.

 

Article Published 3 August 2018


Contact info:

https://www.steampunkthethames.org/

https://www.facebook.com/steampunkthethames/




Make your creative dreams a reality with local funding

Have you been daydreaming about a creative project during lockdown and wondering how to make it a reality?

Join us at the Creative Coromandel AGM 2021

A unique opportunity to learn about Creative Coromandel

Coromandel artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

First pARTner Up artist mentoring programme ends with a ‘Flourish’

'Flourish' special event celebrates first pARTner Up programme

Meet our Artists: Whangamata hosts the Easter Open Studio Trail

Arts Collective Whangamata hosts annual Easter Open Studio Trail

New arts collective springs into action in the Tairua Valley

New arts collective brings together three communities

Calling local artists interested in being a Mentor for pARTner Up

Apply now to be a Mentor for pARTner Up 2021-2022

Bounty Store honours Matariki with fundraising art exhibition

Q & A with Fiona Cameron, owner of Bounty Store in Thames

Applications now open for pARTner Up 2021/2022

Take your creative practice to the next level with pARTner Up - Apply Now!

Creative Mercury Bay to wind-up after 9 years of service

The performing arts trust is dissolving at the end of July 2021

Creative Coromandel launches new artist mentoring programme

Creative Coromandel welcomes new patrons

Visit the Coromandel’s best artists - Open Studios ArtsTour 2020

Book yourself a weekend visiting the Peninsula’s best artists - it's guaranteed to inspire!

Experience the visual arts at the Whangamata Big Arts Day Out

Whangamata Arts Collective hosts annual visual arts exhibition

New Whiti Fest busking festival celebrates the performing arts

New summer busking festival debuts in Whitianga on 7 Feb

We're Hiring! Job Vacancy for Administrator/Treasurer

Therapeutic Glimmer

Inspiring the next generation

Keeping in touch

Locals entertain via Bubble Bites 

THINK Coromandel Gig Guide to launch crowdfunding campaign

With support from the team at Creative Waikato, The Gig Guide is fundraising by running a Boosted crowdfunding campaign

A message from the Creative Coromandel team

New waharoa is a labour of love

Te Puru School embarks on new Māori carving project

Te Puru School brings Kotahitanga to the Thames Coast through Māori carving and mural project

Tuia - Encounters 250

Te Powhiri, Te Whanganui o Hei commemoration October 2019

Floyd Johnston

From Kuaotunu Kid to Kick**s Creative

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Give it a Go with Wendy

Whitianga artist Wendy Walls' love of teaching is inspiring her to share her skills and help others find their inner creative.

ArohArt - A Labour of Love

A Thames centre celebrating and showcasing authentic Maori art is getting people talking and the owners are excited by the dicussion.

Off the Scale

A feast of talent on show at Whitianga Music Club

Anniversary sculpture taking shape

Star Waka project ready to launch

Ka Tito Au

Kupe's enthralling journey comes to Mercury Bay

Artful Performance Space

Barry Brickell Memorial Stage

Jandal On The Mandel

#jandalonthemandel on the Hauraki Rail Trail

Back Room Gallery showcases local art

Barry Brickell Play with Clay Day

Make your Escape to Mercury Bay

Hausmusik NZ presents "Cupid's Arrows"

Steampunk The Thames

Shining the light on local talent and performance art.

Diverse Displays at BADO

Creative showcase of local art at Whangamata's Big Arts Day Out.

Handle The Jandal

First sculpture for Hauraki Rail Trail

Showcase of Creativity

New website showcases creativity on the Coromandel.

New Home For Steampunk

New base for Steampunk The Thames

Auckland Youth Orchestra

May performance in Mercury Bay

Creative NZ arts funding

Coromandel artists apply for CNZ funding

CCS Funding Projects

Successful applicants for CCS funding announced.

Creative Spaces

The Coromandel, with many heritage buildings intact, lends itself well to adaptive reuse for the arts.

Dr Tracey Slaughter Talks

Free Short Story Talk at Waikato Museum

Steampunk Arts Vision

A vision for arts in the community

Coromandel Muso's

Are you a muso based in The Coromandel?

A Winter Visit

If you love the arts, you'll love The Coromandel this winter.

Who We Are

He Mana Toi Moehau Trust

Funding Creativity

CCS funding applications open this month.

A Funding Chat

Bring your coffee to our online arts funding forum.

People’s Choice Award

Pam Mundell announced winner 2018 Mercury Bay Art Escape award.

Hub for Creative Sector

Welcome to your Coromandel Arts & Creativity hub.

New Members Wanted

Mercury Bay Art Escape 2019 call for new artists & groups.

A Buzz of Creativity

Arts celebrated across the Peninsula

The Back Room

A creative haven with a difference

Ask Where I’m Local

A visual art exhibition in Coromandel Town.

Coro Summer Fest

Everything a festival ought to be

ArtStation presents a creative feast

Tuia Stage showcasing Coromandel’s best

Open Invitation to Funding Hui

Workshop to help artists understand the grant application process

Coromandel Peninsula artists embrace NZ Made Products Facebook Page during lockdown

We chatted with a few local artists from around the Peninsula who generously shared their experiences

First pARTner Up artist mentoring programme ends with a ‘Flourish’

'Flourish' special event celebrates first pARTner Up programme

THINK Coromandel Gig Guide to launch crowdfunding campaign

With support from the team at Creative Waikato, The Gig Guide is fundraising by running a Boosted crowdfunding campaign

Street Art Festival In March

Mercury Bay Art Escape commemorate Tuia 250 Encounters with Street Art.