You’re invited to my upcoming group exhibit Home Free, as part of the official Midsumma Festival lineup! Opening night is January 22 from 6p-8p at Gasworks Arts Park in Melbourne, Australia. I’ll be exhibiting 2 large paintings in line with the theme Home Free, Don’t Be Afraid of Your Freedom.
From the show’s manifesto:
Selected GLBTIQ artists are exhibiting artworks that showcase what makes them glad to be living in Australia right now. Despite not being able to legally marry yet, Australia still has a much higher level of community acceptance and inclusion than the 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws.
(see a map installation of these countries in the Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery)
76+ (more like 81) countries with anti-homosexuality laws. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, lists 77 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement. A more realistic list is 81, including Indonesia, where two large provinces outlaw homosexual acts, as well as political entities that aren’t fully accepted by the international community; Gaza/Palestine; the Turkish-controlled northern portion of Cyprus; and the Cook Islands, a self-governing country whose residents all have citizenship in New Zealand. On 11 December, 2013, that total increased by one – to 82 countries with anti-homosexuality laws – when the Supreme Court of India reversed a lower court ruling that had suspended enforcement of the law. But in January 2014, North Cyprus repealed its law, thus returning the total to 81.
The total would actually be 82 countries if you were to include Russia, which does not have a law against homosexual acts but is in the midst of an anti-gay crackdown on the basis of its new law against “gay propaganda.”
During the month of December, 20% of the profit from my original artwork sold will be donated to PAD. Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA’s mission is to locate and train puppies to become assistance dogs for individuals living with a broad range of disabilities, who are unable to train their own assistance dogs. Highly trained assistance dogs provide greater independence in the lives of those individuals living with disabilities. PAD also assists individuals in finding and training their own assistance dogs if they desire to train their own dog.
“I feel passionately that the success of the partnership between canine and human is dependent upon the dedication of the partner themselves and their desire to live with an assistance dog. I am devoted to supporting my community all of the way from finding suitable puppies that are already within my region, as opposed to having a breeding program and to working individually with the person in need of assistance.”- Director, Linzey Zoccola
Congratulations to Renee Heller, who purchased one of my art prints, “Abstract Watercolor”, donated to PAD for a fundraising auction! 100% of the proceeds were donated directly to PAD.
I’m happy to share that a new dino-portrait is underway, and one of my recent interviews has just been published on Grafik Jäger, a blog about all things design and art! In the article I discuss topics like how and when I became an artist, why I moved to painting rather than continuing print and sculpture, and wether or not my works are best described as ‘sexual’. Check it out here!
Creating a new series of 12 transhuman paintings and participating in an exhibit as part of Melbourne’s 2015 Midsumma Festival!
I am thrilled to have been invited to participate in ‘Home Free‘, a visual arts exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park in Melbourne, AU. This exhibit is part of the official program for Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual Queer Celebration.
I’m creating a new series of 12 transhuman portraits with dinosaur heads, a significant departure from my ‘traditional’ LGBTQI nudes. I’d love to take you on this adventure with me! Your pledges will help me to create this new series by funding materials and expenses, as well as covering the costs of shipping two of my existing paintings to and from the Gasworks Arts Park Gallery. A significant part of your pledge will also go toward making and shipping your rewards (over 60%). I’ve got my art on a ton of cool pledge rewards ranging from prints, clothing, cases, decor and more! Backers at the highest pledge levels will be able to choose one my original paintings to own!
I would love to attend the Festival and opening night in person! If the goal is exceeded I’ll fly down from Sydney to Melbourne to see the show in person and explore the diverse range of events at the Festival.
Midsumma Festival is made up of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums at over 85 venues for 3 weeks from mid January to February. It’s best described as ‘an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture’ and I can’t wait to be a part of it!
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Here is the manifesto for this year’s exhibition theme,Home Free: While Australia still has a long way to go in reaching equality for our GLBTIQ community, Australia still has a much higher level of community acceptance and inclusion than the 76+ countries with anti-homosexuality laws. Home Free will focus on the things that make you glad to be living in Australia right now. Home Free will be a joyful celebration of our vibrant GLBTIQ community.
ABOUT MY WORK
This year I created a painting for the 2014 Archibald Prize, Australia’s most prominent portrait competition. Although I did not make it into the top 50, I was honored to have my work viewed by the trustees on location at the Art Gallery of NSW. The painting is a self-portrait reflecting on my journey thus far in Australia. The patterned background is comprised of over 200 tiny landscapes from my travels throughout Australia. It seems like the perfect fit for ‘Home Free’, and I look forward to having it displayed at Gasworks Arts Park.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
There are so many great options for backers of this project. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can receive for being a part of this journey with me :) Take a look at KimLeutwyler.com to find all of the artwork you can choose from to go on your rewards! I’ll send a preview of what your reward will look like before shipping ;)
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For the month of September, 10% of profits from my original paintings sold will go to The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, a nationwide charity that believes all children, no matter what their background, deserve to be inspired by the arts. You can check out the available paintings at kimleutwyler.com.
I’m so inspired Sedition’s upcoming auction of over 100 pieces of contemporary artwork to raise vital funds for The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. These worked are to be auctioned online during two weeks of September. The top 10-15 lots will go to live auction on the night of 1 October 2014 at my favourite space, the Saatchi Gallery, London.
“Thanks to the generous help of our supporters and partners, every single pound raised through this fabulous event will go directly to benefit disadvantaged children and offer them opportunities they could never otherwise dream of.”
– Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts
Find out more about this amazing organisation at the links below. As always, if you’d like to purchase an original painting for a good cause you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org ;)
For the month of August, 10% of the profit from my original art sold will be donated to Underbelly Arts! Rinse Out Inc is the organisation behind Underbelly Arts, supporting artists as they take the first or next step in their artistic careers.
Underbelly Arts directly assists the development and presentation of groundbreaking new work from Australia’s most exciting artists. They produce the Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival (in partnership with Carriageworks and Cockatoo Island), a mentoring program called Propeller and all-year-round activities in Sydney!
In 2013, Underbelly Arts launched The Fold.
We are searching for 100 Underbelly Arts lovers to donate $100 each, so that we are able to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. By Joining The Fold, your donation will assist us to grow our programs that support emerging, interdisciplinary artists in Australia. We will publicly acknowledge all members of The Fold, and you will have the opportunity to meet Underbelly Arts team and Artist Alumni.