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.

Created With Care Wall Hanging and Painting Donations Raised $2500 for Two Non-Profits

A couple of months ago BluethumbArt + Handkraftedco approached me to participate in a project called Created With Care. They paired a selection of Australian makers and artists to collaborate on (and donate) one-of-a-kind pieces to be auctioned for a charity of their choosing.

Josh Pinkus and I created a wall hanging and nominated Save-A-Dog, a charity that has saved thousands of dogs and cats since 1985. I’m happy to share that bidding ended at $1500 raised for Save-A-Dog!IMG_0101

See the wall hanging project details at createdwithcare.com.au

While bidding continued for the project in June I was invited to appear on Channel 10’s flagship morning show, Studio 10, to help spread the word about Created With Care.  I painted live on the show and donated the abstract to be auctioned for the project. The painting auctioned for $1000 and proceeds will be donated to Good360, a non-profit who facilitates a way for businesses to donate brand new unsold goods to charities and Australians in need.

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You can check out the details along with video highlights from my time on the show via createdwithcare.com.au

It was a great project to be a part of, and the collaborative circumstances of the works resulted in artwork that I would not have created otherwise!  Many thanks to Bluethumb and Handkrafted for inviting me to participate.🙂

#CreatedWithCare16 Wall Hanging Collab with Josh Pinkus is being Auctioned for Charity

BluethumbArt + Handkraftedco have paired a selection of Australian makers and artists to collaborate on truly unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to be auctioned for a charity of their choosing. Each has donated their time and talents to create these pieces for #CreatedWithCare16.

Josh Pinkus and I created this wall hanging, and have nominated Save-A-Dog, a charity that has saved thousands of dogs and cats since 1985. Bids start at just $50!

To place your bid please visit createdwithcare.com.au

THE PRODUCT/ WALL HANGING

Josh Pinkus constructed this wall hanging using spare wood pieces from his workshop. He then brought the structure to my studio for paint application. Josh and I collaborated on colour palette, leaving all other aspects of the collaboration as a surprise!

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Title/ Untitled and Unfinished!

Timber/  Reclaimed Western Red Cedar
Timber Finish/  Raw
Paint/  Acrylic
Dimensions/  1280mm (W) x 14600mm (H)
Location/ Sydney, New South Wales

Bidding starts at $50 via createdwithcare.com.au and closes June 10th.

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Art for Epilepsy: Donating 10% of profits from my artwork sold in March to Epilepsy Action

During the month of March, 10% of the profit from my original paintings sold will go towards providing education and support services across Australia to people living with epilepsy, their families and community and professional groups. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, gender, level of intelligence, culture or background.  
  Epilepsy Action approached me for March donations to coincide with Purple Day (national epilepsy awareness day) held on the 26th March every year. The organisation delivers innovative services that increase epilepsy awareness, understanding, knowledge and skills to assist people with epilepsy across Australia to optimise their life outcomes.  

Our vision is optimal living for people with epilepsy. Our team of highly qualified service co-ordinators, registered nurses and community development officers is equipped with a rich base of technical expertise, built up during five decades of services to the community.

If you’d like to purchase an original painting for a good cause please visit SaatchiArt.com/KimLeutwyler to see available works! 

 

Donating 10% from my original art sold to Full Stop Foundation in the month of Feb

The Full Stop Foundation is about stopping sexual assault and domestic violence – Full Stop.

“Our focus is on prevention and engaging with individuals, foundations, business and community leaders to drive meaningful change to achieve our vision of a society in which sexual assault and domestic violence no longer exist.” – Full Stop Foundation

As an initiative of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, the Full Stop Foundation leads in the prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence in Australia through innovative programs.

During the month of February I’ll be donating 10% of the profit from my original artwork sold to the Full Stop Foundation.  For a list of available works please visit saatchiart.com/kimleutwyler!