Shapeshifters is a playful exploration of 3D printing. It’s all about imagination, innovation and new methods of making.

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 Glasshouse Regional Gallery welcomes the 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. 

The designers and makers included in Shapeshifters all begin with a real world idea that is translated into a digital something – a piece of code, a CAD model or perhaps a verse of music – before being transformed into the final physical form. By experimenting with digital fabrication technologies, the designers build on their traditional modes of making to create something entirely new. 

Featuring works by eight Australian and one international maker with works 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 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.

Image credit: Louse Skala, Calgary Necklace and Link Bracelets, 2015. Photographer Boaz Nothman.

Please note the Glasshouse Regional Gallery is closed on Mondays.