Call for Artists – National Railway Museum Steampunk Art Exhibit

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Information for Artists

Steampunk: Art inspired by the world of Steampunk
NationalRailway Museum, Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017

Exhibition dates: The exhibition will be held at the National Railway Museum (NRM) from Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017, and will run during our Steampunk weekend (19 – 20 August 2017).

Artist Registration form submission: no later than 4pm Monday 24 April 2017, in order to be included in the SALA program

All works must be delivered to the Museum between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 July 2017 at a time organised with Moana Colmer, Curator, Exhibits or Shylie Edwards, Graphic Designer, unless alternative arrangements have been made with Shylie or Moana.

Items can be delivered in person, or via courier addressed to:
The National Railway Museum
Steampunk Exhibition 2017
Attn: Moana Colmer (Curator, Exhibits)
76 Lipson St,
Port Adelaide,
SA 5015

Art must be collected between Wednesday 20 September and Wednesday 27 September 2017, at a time arranged with Moana or Shylie; unless an alternative collection date has been organised with Moana or Shylie.
Work that is not collected by 4pm Friday 1 December 2017 will be disposed of at the discretion of the National Railway Museum.

Exhibition curator:
Moana Colmer (Curator, Exhibits)
08 8341 1690


Alternate contact:
Shylie Edwards (Graphic Designer)
08 8341 1690

All art submissions should be inspired by Steampunk, you can interpret the theme ‘Steampunk: Art inspired by the world of Steampunk’ as you wish.
Items can be dark/ mysterious, even a little scary, but should not be offensive, i.e. they should be appropriate for a general audience. Contact Moana (Curator, Exhibits) if you are unsure whether your art is appropriate for this display.

Can be any 3D item e.g. 3D sculpture, textiles, fashion accessories or jewellery.
Maximum 3 pieces per artist, unless alternative arrangements have been organised with Shylie or Moana.
3D items should be no larger than*:
Max width: 650mm

Max depth: 650mm

Max height: 1350mm

Max weight: 15kg
*Unless alternative arrangements have been approved by Moana.

1. Entries will undergo a selection process. Due to the popularity of the exhibition it is possible that some entries will not be accepted and displayed. The Museum reserves the right to withdraw entries not complying with selection criteria & or conditions.
2. Entries must be the original work of entrant (not copied) and must not breach or violate copyright/ moral rights and intellectual property laws; ensuring this is the responsibility of the artist.
3. The title for each art work must be identifiable for ease of installation by curatorial staff.
4. Items can be offered for sale during the exhibition and artists are invited to promote themselves (see the Artist Promotion section in registration form).
5. Artists are responsible for being the point of contact in relation to any enquiries regarding their work, including sales.
6. Maximum of 3 entries per Artist, unless approved by Moana.
7. Entries cannot be removed during the exhibition, unless arranged with Moana or Shylie.
8. Entrants agree to permit the National Railway Museum to reproduce their work, for exhibition promotional purposes only.
9. The National Railway Museum will exercise all due care in relation to the exhibits, but cannot accept responsibility/liability for any loss (including theft) or damage, either in custody or transit. Nor will the National Railway Museum incur any expense regarding packaging or transportation of the exhibits. Insurance of exhibits is the entrant’s responsibility.

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Interview #102 – Editor Anne Regan

This week we are talking with Anne Regan, editor of the steampunk anthology, Steamed Up.


Airship Ambassador: Hi Anne, thanks for joining us.

Anne Regan: Thanks for inviting me to talk with your readers.


AA: Readers may know you from your previous editing work, including Harmonious Hearts 2015, Myths and Magic: Legends of Love, and A Brush of Wings. I came across this anthology after reading a post by Gail Carriger. What is Steamed Up about?

AR: Steamed Up is an anthology of steampunk-themed short stories featuring m/m characters.


AA: There have been just a handful of LGBT-focused steampunk anthologies over the years. What got this one started?

AR: The idea of doing a steampunk anthology was on our radar, but when we saw the art by Nathie that became the cover image, we knew we had to use it. It’s one of my favorite covers ever.


AA: It is a pretty eye catching cover! Aside from sharing stories by authors, what is the goal for Steamed Up?

AR: Since Dreamspinner is a romance press, the stories had to include a relationship (new, developing, or existing) as well as a strong steampunk storyline. And since we’re a gay romance press, the relationship needed to be between two men.


AA: Why specifically choose steampunk as the aesthetic and feel for these stories?

AR: Part of the appeal of steampunk is how it twists the expected technology and conventions of the time period the stories are set in. Being able to subvert the way gay characters would have been perceived during those time periods gave authors a freedom they might not have in a “straight” historical story.


AA: That is one thing I definitely appreciate about steampunk and the stories, flipping, changing, and turning assumed and historical roles and expectations into something different and more motivational for today’s readers. There are eleven authors contributing to this anthology, what can you share with us about them?

AR: Quite a few of the authors have published stories with us outside the anthology, both in and outside the steampunk genre. Readers can search the Dreamspinner Press website by author name or also to view some of our forty-plus other steampunk releases.


AA: How did you round up the group? Was there an open call and selection process?

AR: Dreamspinner posted an open call for submission. We received fifty-five stories totaling almost 500,000 words, which had to be culled down to a maximum of 120,000 words. In the end I selected eleven stories with a variety of settings and emotional “feels”. We also suggested to several of the authors that they expand their submissions so they could be published as standalone stories.


AA: How long did it take to pull it all together? What were the deadlines and publishing schedule like for you?

AR:  We generally post our open calls for anthologies at the beginning of the year. For Steamed Up, authors had about seven months to submit stories. It took about a week after the submission deadline to make the selection decisions, and about three months in all for editing, proofreading, and galleying. To be honest, that’s a pretty aggressive timeline for an anthology of this length. The authors were all great to work with, which helped a lot.


AA: Are there any objects or things which play a major role in telling a story?

AR: Beside the “typical” steampunk devices like airships and roadsters, several stories deal with enhancing humans through prosthetic elements and, in one case, a wholly mechanical being. The most unique story element is a fully mechanized pleasure garden.


AA: Ahhh, yes, the garden! Any key historical figures or events?

AR: My favorite historical setting in the anthology is Prohibition – not a period you’d typically find in a steampunk story.


AA: I found the stories rather engaging – any plans for a second volume?

AR: While not a direct sequel, in December Dreamspinner released Once Upon a Time in the Weird West, which I think will appeal to many of the same readers who enjoyed Steamed Up.


AA: OK, readers, go check it out! When people read Steamed Up, what would you like for them to take away from the stories?

AR: That anything is possible, not only in terms of technology but in terms of being open about who they are and finding someone who will appreciate them for that.


AA: For the aspiring writer, what suggestions do you have as an editor, regarding their submissions, your feedback, and general collaboration?

AR: When I make anthology selections, I’m always looking for a unique take or twist on the theme. I mentioned the story set during Prohibition – it’s a great story on its own, but the fact it’s not the typical Victorian steampunk setting was an added bonus. It’s always a good idea to be sure your story meets the submission criteria in terms of length, formatting, and any other guidelines.


AA: Do you get to talk much with other writers and editors to compare notes, have constructive critique reviews, and brainstorm new ideas?

AR: As an editor outside anthologies, I have a core group of authors I work with regularly. It’s always helpful to chat with them about their upcoming writing plans and goals. One of the things I enjoy most about Dreamspinner is the annual author workshop, which is a chance for authors and staff to meet for a long weekend and share information, ideas, and just get to know each other better.


AA: That kind of networking and effort to make connections with other people can only be a good thing. How have you and your work grown and changed over time?

AR: I’ve definitely gotten more diplomatic over time!


AA: LOL, maybe some of us need to learn that, too! In your experience as an editor, what have been the hardest and most useful skills to learn?

AR: Punctuation! I joke that using commas is actually an art rather than a science, since you can find so many different opinions on the “correct” way they should be used. Oxford comma, anyone? Having a defined “house style” helps keep things consistent. The other thing that never gets easier is having to decline a really good story because of the limitations of length or mix of story elements.


AA: That has to be frustrating, to see a story which is so enjoyable and worthwhile, but having to let it go for other reasons. As a reader, what has made you stop reading something before finishing it?

AR: When a character who has been established to have a certain personality and beliefs does or says something that’s completely out of character, usually because the author needs the plot to move in a certain direction. I try to show why the action or dialogue is out of character, understand what the author is trying to accomplish, and brainstorm other ways to get there without sacrificing the character’s integrity.


AA: Three quick-fire random questions – what is your favorite holiday, historical “thing” to read about, and song you never get tired of hearing?

AR: Favorite holiday – New Year’s Day. A chance to start fresh where needed.

Favorite historical “thing” – I’ve always had a soft spot for regencies (blame Georgette Heyer!)

Song: Todd Rundgren’s “Bang the Drum All Day.” It reminds me of being able to leave my evil day job to work full-time for Dreamspinner.


Oh, the dream path to happiness and contentment!

Thanks, Anne, for joining us for this interview and for sharing all of your thoughts.


Keep up to date with Anne’s latest news at the Dreamspinner Press website.

You can support Anne and our community by getting your copy of Steamed Up here.

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Press Release – The 17th Annual San Francisco Edwardian Ball


PARADOX Media and Vau de Vire Society Announce

The 17th Annual San Francisco Edwardian Ball

and a Dramatically Expanded 2017 Edwardian Ball Season of Festival Events

Honoring the Late-Great Macabre Comic Artist, Cartoonist, and Graphic Novelist Edward Gorey

PARADOX Media and Vau de Vire Society announce the 17th Annual Edwardian Ball for Friday and Saturday, January 20 & 21, 2017, at the Regency Center and a newly expanded 2017 Edwardian Ball season in honor the late-great macabre cult author, comic artist, illustrator and cartoonist Edward Gorey. To meet ticket demand, the 8th Annual Edwardian Ball Los Angeles moves into its new home of the historic Globe Theatre in the heart of the Broadway Downtown Theatre District on Saturday, February 11, 2017; and the first-ever Edwardian Ball New Orleans takes place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Generations Hall, a magnificently renovated sugar refinery built in the early 1820’s.


Edward Gorey is the ground-breaking, genre–defying and critically-acclaimed graphic novelist who is credited with influencing Charles “Addams Family” Addams, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman (Coraline and Day of the Dead), Rob Reger (Emily the Strange), Alison Bechdel, (Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama and Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic), and Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice).

For the uninitiated, The Edwardian Ball presents a unique blend of live music, theatre, fashion, circus, fine art, riveting stage shows, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, and character play in an enticing and whirlwind alternative universe extravaganza. This multi-city, multi-media exposition of the eccentric and esoteric, long considered San Francisco’s time-traveling boutique amalgamation of Cirque du Soleil-meets-Mardi Gras, has grown over the past sixteen years from an underground club party into an internationally recognized festival of the arts, drawing attendees from all over the world, operating with the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Each year, as part of its extensive entertainment offering, the Edwardian Ball stages a raucously capricious, whimsical, dramatic and climatic theatrical production of an Edward Gorey tale as the centerpiece performance homage to the literary great. This year the living interpretation and celebration of the selected Gorey story revels in the darkest of black comedy and ominous gothic intrigue, suspense, and mystery with the theme of Murder in the presentation of, “The Deadly Blotter;” an unconventional, unusual, intriguing, eccentric and esoteric whodunit, the guidelines of which will be defined and redefined by the attendees, all of whom are either sleuths or suspects in hilarious homicidal hijinks.

Justin Katz, executive producer and co-founder of the Edwardian Ball, states, “This year we present a hat tip to the cinematic murder mystery noir in our presentation of ‘The Deadly Blotter.’ The three Edwardian Ball affairs, staged in three unique and distinctive cities, each sharing the same commonality in cultural magnetism, mysticism, and magical allure, as well as troubled, tragic and tortured pasts, are, in a way, the three parts of a trilogy. Aficionados of the arts, music, literature, and cinema, who relish community participation and a desire to create and perform as Edward Gorey characters in the chapters of their own individualistic plays, will find their home in these darkly gothic, romanticized, gilded and gentile Neo-Victorian and Edwardian-era parties that imagine an alternative distant past which intertwines with an elegantly re-imagined future.”

Other darkly decadent and delightful attractions include the award-winning Edwardian Vendor Bazaar, Portrait Booth, Museum of Wonders, locally distilled absinthe cocktails, Saturday Afternoon Tea Service, steam-powered art and installations, parlour games, alluring sideshows, and much more. All ages are welcome in this kindly interactive environment.*


Friday, January 20, 2017: The Edwardian World’s Faire

Our two-night San Francisco celebration unfolds with the renowned Edwardian World’s Faire. Historic and novel characters intermingle; true-life adventures blend with fantastical lands; live the excitement of the age of exploration, reimagined through the lens of today and beyond. Get lost in our delightful Gaming Garden, where characters, tricks, and games of chance weave a backdrop to steam-powered creations and chance encounters. Revel in a modern day Belle Époque where cultures meet, blend, dance, and collide. A worldly adventure ahead of Saturday night’s Ball, our World’s Faire presents a once-in-this-lifetime adventure!

Saturday, January 21, 2017: The 17th Annual Edwardian Ball

Following our global adventure, we return to our Ballroom for the most decadent night of our season! This is the night that started it all, The Edwardian Ball, presented by co-hosts Rosin Coven and The Vau de Vire Society. Ballroom dancing leads way to stunning performances both on and offstage in a collage of fashion, theatre, music, circus performance, and dance. Each year, The Edwardian Ball presents a featured Edward Gorey tale in an original stage performance, this year taking an ominous twist with “The Deadly Blotter,” an alphabetical journey into classic murder-mystery whodunit, blending music, stage, and film in a unique presentation of a tale that only Gorey can tell…


The 17th Annual Edwardian Ball

What: The 17th Annual Edwardian Ball

When: Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Hours: 8 pm to 2 am.

Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109. Directions:

Ages: All Ages Welcome – 21 and over to consume alcohol

Attire: Creative Period Costumes Strongly Encouraged.

Ticket Prices: (Prices Increase as Event Draws Near).

  • Friday January 20, 2017, The Edwardian World’s Faire 2017

General Admission – Advance: $85.00

Young Edwardian (15 and under): $30.00

VIP Mezzanine – Non-Reserved: $150.00

VIP Reserved Seating: $250.00

  • Saturday January 21, 2017, The 17th Annual Edwardian Ball

General Admission – Advance: $85.00 

VIP Mezzanine – Non-Reserved: $150.00 

VIP Reserved Seating: $250.00

Edwardian Ball Ancillary Affairs:

  • Vendor Bazaar, Daytime Shopping: Noon to 5 pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017 with a special admission price of only $5.00 or Free admission with VIP ticket purchase. All Ages Welcome.
  • Afternoon Tea in the Museum of Wonders, Doors 1:30pm, Tea Service 2-4pm, Saturday, January 21st, 2017. $45 General Admission. All Ages Welcome.

Los Angeles:

What: The 8th Annual Edwardian Ball Los Angeles

New Orleans:

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome – 21 and over to consume alcohol
  • Attire: Creative Period Costumes Strongly Encouraged.
  • Ticket Prices: $45 to $250. Prices Increase as Event Draws Near.

*Please refer to to purchase tickets and for additional info, as specific attraction, performance and entertainment line-ups and itineraries vary slightly from city-to-city.

All accompanying Edwardian Ball press images are graciously provided by and credited to Marco Sanchez:


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