In honour of World AIDS Day, I’ll be donating 10% of this month’s Painting sales to The Global Fund.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria with a 21st century approach: partnership, transparency, constant learning and results-based funding.
The Global Fund focuses on three of the world’s most devastating diseases: AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Since it was founded in 2002, the Fund has given $22.9 billion to over 1,000 efforts in 151 countries.
Rather than funding branches of its own organisation, The Global Fund has partners all over the world who access the fund to do important work locally. Experts determine wether they will distribute mosquito nets to protect families from malaria in Honduras, train peer counsellors who work with teenagers diagnosed with HIV in South Africa, or provide equipment for the diagnosis of tuberculosis to clinics in Kazakhstan.
One of my first “art” assignments at University was to create the worst painting I possibly could. The graduate student who gave us the assignment explained that we should push ourselves, try new things, and do everything within our power to make the most terrible piece of art we could imagine. Some students created abstract paintings with excessive texture, others made collages out of magazine clippings and Polaroids. One student’s tongue-in-cheek humor prompted him to paint a delicate rose with drops of morning dew…something you’d find in a commercial gallery on a major street in some generic tourist destination. Surprisingly, when we all came together for the group critique, each of us fell in love with at least one painting in the studio. I can’t remember the grad student, or even what I created for the assignment, but the lesson has stuck with me over ten years later.
In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, I will be participating as a novelist and will attempt to write the first and worst novel of my month-long writing career.
My novel cover art!
I love NaNoWriMo’s mission to use writing to make the world a more creative and vibrant place. As someone who loves to read but is averse to writing, I figure that attempting to create something truly terrible will free me up to experiment and not take my work too seriously! Will I create something glossy and palatable to the masses like my tongue-in-cheek classmate? Will I use the power of appropriation, taking excerpts and styles from existing writers to create a literary collage? Or will I try my worst to make a huge gooey mess and have a bit of fun with it? I’m betting on all of the above.
For the month of November, 10% of my original artwork sold will be donated to NaNoWriMo.org. The funds will go toward helping the organization run their Young Writers Program, and Camp NaNoWriMo.
Want to write your own novel during the month of November?! Check out NaNoWriMo.org to get started
The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by the work of eye surgeon and humanitarian Professor Fred Hollows. Working in 19 countries including Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation works to end avoidable blindness and improve the health outcomes of Indigenous Australians. Through reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 in some developing countries, they have helped to restore the sight of more than 1,000,000 people worldwide.
10% of all artwork sold in month of October will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation, which will restore sight and change someone’s life right here in Australia!
Painting exhibits in Sydney and Melbourne, lining up with yearly LGBTQ celebrations. Become a backer and get original art & cool stuff!
After moving to Australia, my work caught the eye of two amazing galleries that would like to display my paintings during their yearly LGBTQ festivals. They’d also like me to display my art on cool stuff! Backers of this Kickstarter Project will help fund the materials and expenses, and will help me to pick which paintings and merch to display! I’ve got my art on a ton of cool stuff ranging from prints, T’s, tanks, cases, hoodies, throw pillows and more! These will be the rewards, along with my original artwork.