Donating proceeds to ACF in the month of June


It is up to the people of Earth to speak out and act in favour of a world where nature thrives.  Trump is freeloading on a global scale by removing the US government from the rest of the world’s commitment to solve climate change.

During the month of June I’ll be donating 25% of the profits from my original artwork sold to the Australian Conservation Foundation. This non-profit is creating a powerful movement to drive real change and hold decision-makers to account. 

“We work with community leaders, social movements, Indigenous people, economists, businesses, governments and people everywhere who care and are willing to act.” – ACF

Not interested in an original painting? There are many other ways to get involved and make an impact. You can start small by bringing your own coffee cup to the cafe or bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. Or you can dive in head first by volunteering to make banners, write letters, run events, do research, organise mail outs, and having conversations with people to encourage action. 

This is our world. Let’s look after it. 

https://www.acf.org.au/

lhf_bannerFor the month of May I’d like to share an important organization, the Lesbian Health Fund.  I’m excited to be making a donation to the Lesbian Health Fund silent and live auctions taking place on June 1, 2017 in Burlington, VT.  I’ll be offering an 18″ x 24″ portrait of a single sitter, with LHF covering the costs of materials and shipping.

Misinformation, homophobia among health care providers, and a lack of scientific data on basic lesbian health needs result in dangerously inadequate health care for many lesbians and sexual minority women including bisexual women and trans women who partner with women.

The mission of the Lesbian Health Fund is to improve the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families through research. LHF has given over $864,000 to fund 113 research grants and is the only US research fund dedicated solely to the health needs of lesbians and other sexual minority women!

Funds raised from the event will enable LHF to dedicate itself to increasing the body of research focused on lesbian and sexual minority women.

Visit LHF to learn more: www.glma.org/LHF

Queer Art Prize Australia 

Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is a new non-acquisitive art prize to celebrate LGBTIQ art achievements in Australia. I was honoured to be a judge for the inaugural prize exhibition, held at Chapel Off Chapel during the 2017 Midsumma Festival as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations. Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) seeks to be a non-discriminatory art prize to celebrate works relating to the LGBTIQ community or themes by any artist who resides in Australia, or works by those identifying as LGBTIQ.

My fellow judges and I sold works in a satellite exhibit to QAPA, with 30% of the sale price donated to Switchboard Victoria, a free telephone and web counselling, referral and information service for the Victorian and Tasmanian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities and their supporters.

Find out more about QAPA via the Prize website

Trailblazing Women of Herstory


So happy to have been a part of the Global Women’s Project ‘Trailblazing Women of Herstory’ exhibit! My oil portrait of the Project’s CEO and Founding Director Briony Mackenzie sold along with several other fantastic artists’ work resulting in $50,630 raised to support programs for women in Cambodia and Nepal! Happy days 😊
Find out more about this fabulous organisation and the exhibition via http://www.trailblazingwomen.com.au/

Tablecloths of my painting are being auctioned at the Carriageworks and delivered to a local shelter!

Some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists have come together to donate their best artwork for auction to raise funds for Table, a Kings Cross-based not-for-profit that aims to raised much- needed funds for social outreach programs in NSW and Victoria. 

Artists have contributed original designs to create 14 bespoke linen tablecloths. 

The series is available for sale now via an online silent auction until 10pm on Thursday, 27 October at galabid.com/auction/tabletalk. 

In addition to funds raised, a tablecloth will be donated to a women’s shelter in need, for every one sold. Shelters include The Women and Girls Emergency Centre, Elsie’s Refuge for Women and Children, Kilara Women’s Refuge, Dolores Single Women’s Refuge, Detour House, B Miles, Twenty 10, St Canice’s Kitchen, The Wayside Chapel, The Safe Futures and St Mary’s House of Welcome. 
Table is a registered-not for-profit organisation that delivers a range of projects, including the Organic Soup Kitchen, Young Parent’s Cooking School, and GROW Horticultural Therapy Program. 

“The humble dinner table brings us all together to share a meal and conversation, and learn more about each other, so we think the tablecloth series is a fitting way to bring people together to make a difference.” – Table founder Rob Caslick 

To place a bid in the silent auction, please visit galabid.com/auction/tabletalk. For more information about Table, please visit wearetable.org. 

UPDATE:

Here are images from the launch fundraiser at Carriageworks! 

Donating 50% from artwork sold to breast cancer prevention non-profit during October!

I shaved my hair and dyed it pink to spark a conversation reminding women to feel their boobs regularly! You can check out a video of my partner and I touring Sydney to remind women to feel their boobs in unexpected places! It’s pretty hilarious, check it out here 😉

We all know someone who’s been affected by cancer. There are thousands of non-profits out there selling pink ribbons and products during the month of October. Not everything with a pink ribbon is supporting research for a cure, says Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues: How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health. Some of these products give no proceeds to cancer charities, but simply “raise awareness.” 

Charity Navigator has identified five breast cancer charities where donations directly fund prevention research, education, and patient support.

These organizations have high levels of accountability, have successfully sustained their programs over time, and spend a high percentage of their revenue on programs and services rather than administrative or fundraising costs. – MONEY ‘How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations

After considering the list I’ve decided to support prevention research by donating 50% of the profits from my original artwork sold this month to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

If you’re interested in purchasing an original work for a great cause please visit SaatchiArt.com/kimleutwyler or reach out to me directly via artist@kimleutwyler.com! 

Very excited to be judging the Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA)


Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is a new non-acquisitive art prize to celebrate LGBTIQ art achievements in Australia.

To be held at Chapel Off Chapel (12 Little Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181) during the 2017 Midsumma Festival as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) seeks to be a non-discriminatory art prize to celebrate works relating to the LGBTIQ community or themes by any artist who resides in Australia, or works by those identifying as LGBTIQ.

Entries for the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) must have been completed during 2016, and can include any static (not-moving) art-medium including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture or digital work. Cost to enter is $25.00 – only one entry per person will be accepted.

The Judging Panel for the 2017 Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) includes Kim Leutwyler (2015 Archibald Finalist), Travis de Jonk (Director/Curator – Watch This Space Gallery) and Rachel “Rat” Simpson (Senior Graphic Designer – SMASH Enterprises).

QAPA aims to be the largest LGBTIQ art prize in Australia with selected works to tour pride events across the country. A coffee table book of selected works will also be produced providing a snapshot of current trends in the LGBTIQ artistic community.

The inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia (QAPA) is an initiative of the Australian Pride Network – a not-for-profit organisation who exists to promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Pride on a national level, encouraging diverse communities in Australia to hold and attend pride events, whilst increasing promotional and networking opportunities among Australian pride organisations.
Key Dates:           

Submissions close: Sunday 11 December 2016

  • Finalists announced: Friday 16 December 2016   
  • Winner announced: Friday 13 January 2017         
  • Exhibition: Friday 13 January – Sunday 5 February 2017

For more information (including Terms & Conditions), and to enter, visit: http://www.queerartprize.com.au for details.
Entries are now open and close Sunday 11 December 2016 – 11.59pm.