brewing local artists (BLA)

A collaboration with Burleigh Brewing

Brewing Local Artists & Placemakers* Gold Coast.

First launched in 2016, Burleigh Brewing’s Brewing Local Artists initiative celebrates and showcases the work of emerging artists in our community and each year they award two bursaries for both a Peoples’ Choice and a Judges’ Choice winner. Brewing Local Artists has not been immune from the challenges of 2020, but the artists and the arts community are more important than ever. So this year, BLA has been reimagined and redirected . In celebration of the reopening the beloved Taphouse we have supported Burleigh Brewing with commissioning five local artists – Steve Gorman, Samuel Leighton-Dore, Natalie Popvoski, Julian Reisinger and Sally Wright to produce a unique art work in the brewery. Created on a wall that both physically and symbolically protects the all-important Burleigh Brewing production operations. Visit the Taphouse during opening hours to view the works. Together, let’s celebrate our talented, local arts community!

Samuel Leighton-Dore


Live art at Taphouse from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th November

Samuel Leighton- Dore a multidisciplinary artist and writer based on the Gold Coast. With a keen interest in mental health and masculinity, Leighton-Dore writes for SBS Voices and produces work spanning ceramics, LED neon, illustration, animation and painting. His book of illustrations, How To Be A Big Strong Man, was released through Smith Street Books and Simon and Schuster in August 2019. His first solo exhibition, Fragile
Masculinity, Handle with Care, formed part of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.

Steve Gorman


Live art at Taphouse from Friday 16th to Sunday 15th November

Strongly influenced by his two elder brothers’ wild drawings of big rig racing trucks, Steve Gorman displayed a feverish zeal for the visual arts at the early age of 8, with an obsessive desire to draw triangular shaped hot rods, flames leaping from their mag wheels. He moved onto oil painting ever since his Mum gifted him her spare box of twisted and half spent tubes of oil paints. Having moved to Gold Coast from the sheep and wheat district of the NSW Riverina in 1983, 35 odd years later he continues to paint whenever he’s not drudging away at his day job as an engineer, depicting realist scenes from in and around his current home Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. Whilst predominantly self-taught, Steve studied for a short period at Julian Ashton’s School of Art in Sydney. His current focus is on landscape and figurative compositions. He has won a number of first prizes including the Royal Queensland Art Society annual art prize, the 2016 Marymount College Art prize, highly commended in the Darcy Doyle Art prize, highly commended in the Gold Coast Art prize, shortlisted finalist in the 2018 Dust Temple portrait prize, finalist in the 2020 Lethbridge 20000 art prize, and most recently a shortlisted finalist in the 2020 Clayton Utz art prize. Steve currently has a studio space with other local artists at Mint Art studio in Burleigh Heads which has invigorated his practice.

Sally Carole Wright

Live art at Taphouse from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November

Sally Carole Wright graduated from the School of Art, University of Tasmania with honours in painting. Her painterly abstract style explores mark making, surface, contrast and hidden meanings. With a unique process centred around building up layers with new images which are accumulated and then transformed into spatial compositions, Sally incorporates painting, printmaking, collage and most recently, low-tech video. Her professional practice includes solo exhibitions, residencies and regular participation in group shows nationally. Her works can be found at Corinda Railway Station, Brisbane and in private, public and institute collections including National Gallery Australia, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery and Swinburne University.

Natalie Popovski


Live art at Taphouse from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th November

Natalie Popovski AKA Nat Pop is a self-taught artist and one of the co-founders of Mint Art House. Her paintings revolve around the mundane, highlighting its significance as an insight into society and culture. Natalie uses her art as a way to explore humankind and the subtle forces that shape and guide us.

Julian Reisinger


Live art at Taphouse from Friday 4h to Sunday 6th December

Julian is a mixed media artist. Combining abstract visual art, cinematic storytelling & colour to create unique pieces.