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Wed, Jul 26

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TAP Centre for Creativity

Unscripted with Dollirium artists Anthony Veilleux, Sarah Legault and Jacqui Gallant

Join us for a discussion with Jacqui, Sarah, and Anthony to explore the history of Dollirium and their creative visions.

Unscripted with Dollirium artists Anthony Veilleux, Sarah Legault and Jacqui Gallant
Unscripted with Dollirium artists Anthony Veilleux, Sarah Legault and Jacqui Gallant

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2023, 7:00 p.m.

TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G4, Canada

About The Event

As part of the Dollirium exhibition currently featured in our gallery, we invite you to join us for an evening of Unscripted to explore how these artists use their artistic vision and skill sets to create charismatic characters with endearing stories. We will also chat about why they searched out other like-minded creators and developed opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and community.

For those interested in attending the talk virtually, the link to the livestream can be found here: https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ynQWWa2RTNybGmxPhNXILQ

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and connect with our guest artists. This Unscripted event will be led by Josh Lambier -the Founding Director of the Public Humanities at Western and the Artistic Director of the Words Literary & Creative Arts Festival. We will wrap up the talk with an audience viewing of pieces and journals that Jacqui will share from the Travelling Doll Project.

About Anthony Veilleux

(London, ON) Born in the late sixties into an Air Force family in Quebec, Canada as the last of six kids to an amazing pair of supportive and creative parents. Anthony found his creativity early on drawing on used computer punch cards his Mom brought home from work, making plasticine dinosaurs, aliens with tin foil armatures for stop-motion epics with the family super eight camera, monster mask sculptures on styrofoam wig forms, and fake bloody aftermaths of destruction with flesh coloured plasticine and morticians wax with syrup blood on the neighbourhood kids.

His artistic pursuits found focus while attending Beal Art in London, Ontario. Shortly after art school he landed an apprenticeship at Blue Dragon Tattoo here in London, which allowed him to make a comfortable living designing and applying“walking art” on many wonderful clients. Anthony is the current owner of 227 Tattoo. This has allowed him more freelancing opportunities in special effects make-up artist and sculptor. Some of Anthony’s proudest film contributions have been: John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps, George Romero's Land of the Dead, Zach Snyder's 300, a few of the Resident Evil films, Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim and Ari Aster’s recent film Beau Is Afraid.

Anthony has never stopped honing his skills and showing in galleries with so many talented creative people helps fuel his creative ideas. His recent sculptures are an exploration of the beauty of the human and not so human form with a darker narrative, always enjoying both the final outcome and the journey to get there.

About Jacqui Gallant

(London, ON) Alongside her late partner Jason Wojceik, Jacqui Gallant funneled her creativity into Jay’s dream of opening a tattoo shop where together they could share their passion with other tattoo and body modification enthusiasts. In 1996 Addictive Tattoo opened its doors, and to this day holds the title of London Ontario’s longest running tattoo street shop.   

In Jacqui’s personal time, she fell down the rabbit hole into the strange world of art dollmaking. As a maker and collector, Jacqui Gallant, would travel far and wide in order to meet other unusual like minded art dollmakers. It was a goal for Jacqui to one day host a space where doll artists could come together to learn, create and exhibit their off the beaten path works of art. In 2011, Jacqui opened Dollirium Art Doll Emporium in London, Ontario. During Dollirium’s short lifespan, it was the world's only international art doll gallery that supported over 80 artists from 22 countries around the world. Even though Dollirium shut its doors in the Fall of 2013, its legacy continues to live on, and Jacqui continues to create and stay connected with the art doll community at large.

About Sarah Legault

(London, ON) Sarah Legault is a Juno Award winning music video director, filmmaker, producer, stop-motion animator, builder and writer. Her first stop-motion animation Dear Love earned the Best Animated Short Film Award at the 2014 Toronto Independent Film Festival. Since then; Sarah has teamed up with Canadian electro-goth band Johnny Hollow to direct and animate their stop-motion music video Firefly (2016), co-directed and animated Canadian punk-rock band Billy Talent - Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats (2017. Warner Music), directed and animated iskwē - Little Star (2019) which premiered on Billboard.com and gained attention by CBC Music, NOW Magazine, earned her the 2020 Juno Award for Music Video of the Year, and became a recipient of the Stingray Music: Rising Stars prize. In 2021 Sarah was scouted to be the practical lighting technician for the stop-motion animated TV show Ultra City Smiths (AMC, AMC+, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, Elephant Pictures) alongside an all-star cast featuring voice actors Tom Waits, Julian Barratt, Terry O'Quinn, Luis Guzmán, and Sunita Mani, created by Steve Conrad (also known for: The Patriot, The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness).

Since 2005, Sarah’s work has encompassed  illustration, art doll making, set building, stop-motion animation, directing, miniature practical lighting, painting, photography, design, and storytelling. Sarah has won over 10 awards for her unique custom motorcycle paint work and has participated in over 50 group exhibits locally and in Toronto, Berlin, Krakow, Los Angeles. Sarah managed Dollirium Art Doll Emporium during its lifespan and is the co-curator of The Shadowood Collective.

About Unscripted

Unscripted is TAP's speaker series that is free for anyone to attend. Every Unscripted event will feature a different professional in the arts, ranging from performers to musicians, writers, designers, and many more. We are excited to present a series where people can come together to hear "unscripted" stories, ask questions, and learn more about the creativity that exists in all aspects of the arts.

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