Trischa: A Silent Auction to fund the subject’s cancer treatments

Trischa oil on canvas 2018

Trischa (Silent Auction)
Oil on canvas
41cm x 41cm (16” x 16”)
2018

Current highest bid: $2,200 from Victoria, Australia
Retail value: $3000

This portrait is currently being auctioned through Bluethumb Gallery with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Trischa and her family. Battling Breast cancer for the 3rd time, Trischa has found tremendous success in integrative cancer treatments, most of which are not covered by medical insurance. To participate in the silent auction simply follow this link and click ‘Enquire Now’ to send your highest bid to the Bluethumb Curatorial team by 15 July 2018.

Trischa is a fierce friend who has been in my life for 15 years since we were paired randomly as flat mates in New Zealand. She is now settled with her partner and 2 beautiful children. When Trischa couldn’t explain her Illness to her little kiddo she decided to write a children’s book about a family of fish, which I had the great honour of illustrating. The illustrated children’s eBook is available in German and English. Please reach out to artist@kimleutwyler.com with enquiries about the illustrated book. To make a donation to support Trischa’s treatment and the care of her family, please visit gofundme.com/rjcu83-trischas-medical-expenses

UPDATE

I am happy to share that this auction has surpassed our initial goal of $2000AUD and ended at $6070 AUD.

Big thank you to Bluethumb for the support and amazing press around this auction!  See their article ‘Silent Auction: Help Kim Help Her Friend’ here.

Exhibiting with 100% proceeds going to LGBTIQ crisis & info counseling service, Switchboard Victoria

I am pleased to be participating in a 3-month virtual exhibition to benefit Switchboard Victoria.  The exhibition entitled “series 01 // love” is in response to the Marriage Equality debate in Australia and invites artists to submit works on the theme of love.  Artworks will comprise a set of postcards to be sold, with all proceeds going to Switchboard Victoria, an information and crisis counselling service for the LGBTIQ community who have seen a 25% rise in calls since the announcement of the postal vote.

The aim of this project is two-fold, i) to promote sharing of positive images in light of the hate messages and debate going on at present, and ii) to raise funds for Switchboard Victoria. Images are released weekly via http://www.facebook.com/cartooningwithpride, pre-order your set of postcards today!

– Curator Jimmy Twin

My postcard features ‘Bec and Isa’ oil and acrylic on canvas, 2017.

Find out more about Switchboard Victoria and the amazing telephone and web counseling services they provide via switchboard.org.au

Twitter: @switchboard_vic

Insta: @switchboard_victoria

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

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! 

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.

My 1st Museum Show! Accepted into the prestigious Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW!

'Start the Riot', Oil on Canvas, 152cm x 102cm by Kim Leutwyler copy

‘Start the Riot’, Oil on Canvas

Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh…

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a finalist for this year’s Archibald Prize! For the of you that are not Australian, The Archibald Prize is an insanely popular portraiture competition, and my painting will be hanging among the 50 finalists at The Art Gallery of NSW, one of Australia’s most prominent museums. It will then tour the country for one year visiting 6 art centers and galleries.

The subject is a friend of mine who also happens to be an activist, designer and one of Australia’s top models, Ollie Henderson. Ollie has received global recognition for founding fashion label and youth empowerment project House of Riot. Give her a google and prepare to be amazed by her long list of accomplishments and global recognition!

Selected as 1 of 100 artists in The Other Art Fair this September!

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I’m so honored to have been selected as 1 of 100 artists exhibiting at The Other Art Fair. The Fair is currently the UK’s largest artist led fair, and due to its on-going success, TOAF is launching in Sydney 10-13 September alongside the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair!

TOAF will feature an artist talks programme, live art performance, immersive theatre, a ‘kids create’ area, live music and a whole lot of art.

TOAF is already getting a ton of great press in the Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet, TimeOut, Manuscript Magazine, ARTINFO, Vault Magazine, Brag Magazine and more.

Stay tuned for more info and your invitation via kimleutwyler.com 😉

‘Home Free’, my upcoming group exhibit as part of Midsumma Festival in Melbourne

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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.

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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.

Draconian Countries
(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.”

Upcoming Art Show in Sydney

Come along for my opening night on 12th July in Sydney with art from 17 artists, music from Mnmlych and Ben Richards, select wine and a digital discovery experience (bring a smartphone or tablet to open the virtual doors behind each original artwork).

RSVP essential at Artfuly’s Eventbrite page and share with your friends using the Facebook event.

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BLACKLISTED presents new work by Kim Leutwyler

Blacklisted at Black Penny
Come check out the opening party on Feb 18th with free drinks on arrival!!

One of my favorite bars, Black Penny, has transformed the back half of their establishment into an art gallery/installation space called ‘Blacklisted’. They showcase some of the raddest designers, illustrators, sculptors, street artists and painters from across Sydney and Australia. I’m thrilled to be showing my work during Sydney Mardi Gras!

When
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: 8:00pm until 11:00pm
Exhibit runs for one week.

Check out more details and event updates by clicking here!