ArtKeeper | Artist Talk with Samuel Leighton-Dore

Reimagining the Meter Maid origin story in an animated short film with Samuel Leighton-Dore

Sat 15 Jun
ArtKeeper | Artist Talk with Samuel Leighton-Dore

Artist talk: Reimagining the Meter Maid origin story with Samuel Leighton-Dore

Join artist/screenwriter Samuel Leighton-Dore and curator Bradley Vincent for a discussion about the joys and challenges of having a multidisciplinary practice that spans the visual arts and on-screen storytelling. 

During their conversation, Leighton-Dore will open up about his ArtKeeper project, a work-in-progress short film reimagining the Meter Maids origin story, titled Birds of Paradise, as well as the collaborative creative processes behind interpreting 1960s Gold Coast through the heightened lens of animation. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of HOTA's ArtKeeper 2024 Public Program.

Sat 15 Jun
Theatre 2
All Ages
1 hr
Free, registration required.
Sat 15 June - 11:00am


Samuel Leighton-Dore - Artist

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a multidisciplinary artist and screenwriter based on the Gold Coast. Working predominantly across ceramics, illustration and animation, he’s interested in combining traditional mediums with on-screen storytelling, bringing a sense of heart and humour to complex themes of identity, sexuality and mental health. He's released two books, How To Be A Big Strong Man (2019, Simon & Schuster) and Wow It’s All A Lot (2023, HarperCollins), with past works acquired by the Gold Coast City Collection (Cloud Drive, 2020) and featured on the cover of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. His short film Showboy (2014) was a finalist in the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards and won Best Short Film at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. He's currently developing a slate of animated projects with Sad Man Studio, a boutique animation studio he runs with his husband.

Bradley Vincent - Facilitator

Bradley Vincent is an independent curator and writer based on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Most recently he served as the Head of Curatorial and Programs at HOTA Gallery, working on the preparations, opening and initial three years of exhibitions for the new gallery. His projects at HOTA included the opening exhibition Solid Gold: Artists from paradise and debut international exhibition Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York. He commissioned projects with leading local and national artists and oversaw the development and delivery of Education and Public Programming across the gallery. Prior to this he was co-director at Sydney’s influential, independent art space ALASKA Projects.

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