Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

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Image: Ryan Pennings, Percy Stools, 2015, Polylactic Acid (PLA). Photographer: COTA

Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future

What if 3D printing gave you the ability to design your own life? With clothes being printed from desktop computers and organs being manufactured in labs, this rapidly evolving technology continues to revolutionise design as we know it.

The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum will soon welcome the touring exhibition, Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future, as a playful exploration of 3D printing. It’s all about imagination, innovation and new methods of making, drawing on the high-tech and rapidly evolving world of 3D printers and fluid extrusion methodology.

Featuring works by seven Australian and one international maker, ranging from jewellery, furniture, prosthetics, and digital interactive sound works; Louis Pratt, Michael Eden, Lousje Skala, Ryan Pennings, Dr David Ackland, Lukasz Karluk and XYZ Workshop (Kae Woie Lim & Elena Low).

Shapeshifters is will be on display at the Gallery & Museum from 19 May until 15 July 2017. All are welcome to join Cr Matt, Burnett, Mayor of Gladstone Region, 6pm next Friday, 2 June 2017 for the official exhibition launch.

Three 3D printing workshops also accompany the exhibition at the end of next month, including hands-on opportunities for adults and children to design and print their own 3D objects. For more information, visit:


Shapeshifters: 3D Printing the Future is an Australian Design Centre Touring Exhibition, developed in partnership with Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Australian Design Centre is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.