Longitude Punk’d exhibition
The steampunks are taking over the Royal Observatory, Greenwich!
Opening at Easter 2014, Longitude Punk’d at the Royal Observatory will celebrate the creations of wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the 18th century. Royal Museums Greenwich have commissioned eight UK steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828.
Longitude Punk’d competition
Entries for The Royal Observatory Competition for the Encouragement of the Arts of Longitudinal Steampunking are now open!
The steampunks are taking over the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and we want you to join them! This competition is a chance for everyone to have a go at inventing a solution to the 18th-century longitude problem. Open to craftspeople, artists and creative inventors, winners will exhibit their creations alongside the UK’s top steampunk artists at the Royal Observatory.
‘Steampunk’is a catch-all term which describes art and fiction inspired by real history (often of the Victorian age) but which is not bound by historical fact. The Longitude Punk’d exhibition and competition are bringing steampunk back to the 18th century, the age of the Board of Longitude.
To enter The Royal Observatory Competition for the Encouragement of the Arts of Longitudinal Steampunking you will need to start working on a fake-historical 3D object inspired by the history and inventions submitted to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828. Find out more about the history of the Board of Longitude here and see some of the inventions submitted by the wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and extremely elegant explorers of the 18th century.
This object should be realistic to the time of the 18th century but it must also be fantastical. It must have a ‘certain something’ about it to make viewers ask themselves ‘was that really made in the 18th century?’
Once you have created your object – maximum dimensions 30 x 30 x 30 cm (height x width x depth) – take up to three pictures of it and upload your personal details and object photos here to enter our competition. All entries will be visible on our Longitude Punk’d Tumblr along with images of amazing scientific inventions of the 18th century to inspire your own creations.
The competition will have one overall winner and three runners-up. The judges will use the following criteria (items do not have to fulfil all criteria to be selected).
- Inspired by Longitude: objects that are directly inspired by the historical inventions and drawings submitted to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828
- Aesthetics: objects that best demonstrate the aesthetics of 18th-century invention
- Craftsmanship: objects that demonstrate the highest standards of craft and ability
- Spirit of Steampunk: objects that best demonstrate the spirit of steampunk as applied to the 18th century.
Entries to the competition close at midday (GMT) on Friday 10 January 2014. We accept submissions from outside the UK as long as winners can transport and deliver their artwork to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, at their own risk and expense at a date (to be agreed with the Museum) between 31 March and 11 April 2014. Please read the competition rules for full details.