Donating 10% of artwork sales in May to Black Rainbow

Im thrilled to be a finalist in the Archibald Prize with my portrait of Faustina Agolley, a Ghanaian-Chinese, openly queer actor, broadcaster, television producer, writer and DJ. To celebrate, I’ll be donating 10% of sales from my artwork sold in May to Black Rainbow!

This portrait began in September 2018. The preliminary sketches from our first sitting were followed by several exchanges of abstract colour sketches and feedback to understand which compositions and colours Faustina was most drawn to. Faustina’s portrait reached a stopping point when I began to feel severe pain and numbness in my hands, later diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. Unable to hold a paint brush for long periods of time, Faustina and I had a short final sitting in February during which she read me a story about her childhood fictional crush. Turns out we both had the same crush as kids, and it was a unifying moment filled with laughter.

In historical art, women of colour are often erased, or when seen, reduced to tropes as opposed to the individuals they are/were. Queer women have largely been left out altogether. Representation of queer women of colour on the walls of our cultural institutions matters.

In this portrait of Faustina, I explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction to highlight the layers and complexity of identity. My hope is that this portrait will spark dialogue and action, and help raise the profile of women of colour in the arts by amplifying voices and diversifying representation. I also hope that this portrait will be wife-bait for Faustina’s future partner, she’s single ladies!

ABOUT THE ARCHIBALD PRIZE EXHIBITION:

The Archibald Prize is exhibited annually at one of Australia’s most prestigious museums, the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The overall winner of the Archibald Prize will receive $100,000!

Black Rainbow:

For the month of May, I’ll be donating 10% of the sales from my original artwork to Black Rainbow, a non-profit focused on preventing Indigenous LGBQTI+ Suicide. They support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people who are homeless, leaving domestic violence relationships or the justice system. Blackrainbow.org.au

Available works can be seen here: kimleutwyler.com

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Portrait raffled to raise funds for Out for Australia

I recently donated the creation of a custom portrait to raise funds for non-profit organisation Out for Australia. Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket at the Australian LGBTI Awards, there were 5 other amazing prizes and we raised $19,570 by the end of the night! Looking forward to painting the raffle winner who happens to be a champion for diversity and inclusion, Ross Wetherbee. 🌈

🦄 Please note: I am able to make a donation because I work a full time job outside of the arts and am passionate about giving back where I can. Please do not take this post as a go-ahead to take advantage of other emerging artists by asking for donations of artwork in exchange for ‘publicity’ without any form of payment in return. That is exploitation. If you value the work, value the artist behind the work. 💕

Our for Australia:

Our vision is to create an Australia where every LGBTIQ student and aspiring professional is confident to be their authentic self in workplaces which celebrate diversity.

Cayte Latta Memorial Award for Visual Arts

It is an honour to have won ACON’s Cayte Latta memorial award for visual arts! I’ve donated 20% of the prize money back to ACON and will use the remainder to paint some of the wonderful LGBTQI+ community heroes I met at the award ceremony.

ACON is an Australian, New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.

Established in 1985, we’re here to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV. – acon.org.au

To find out more or get involved, visit https://www.acon.org.au/

Photo courtesy of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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.

My artwork is hanging in a Profit-for-Purpose Hotel with rooms designed by inspirational women like Sia and Sally Rugg!

Inspirational Australian women have designed rooms in two hotels that put profits towards programs supporting women and girls. Sia, Lee-Lin Chin, Nakkiah, Missy Higgins, Tina Arena, Bindi Irwin, Deborah Mailman and Sally Rugg each had input on their room designs, and the opening was good fun!

I’m so happy to be supporting by hanging a painting in Sally Rugg’s Pride room, a safe space for queer women and non-binary people. Proceeds from the sale of this piece (as well as artwork by Bluethumb Artists in other rooms) will go directly towards the frontline of Song Hotel’s programs and services. Thanks to Jenny Valentish for the great write up ‘A night in Sydney with a Sia chandelier and Bindi Irwin’s khaki shirts’ in The Guardian 🦄🌈🎉

‘Women of Colour’ by Tamara Armstrong – thrilled she has painted me and will donate 20% of sales to the Global Women’s Project

Let me tell you about Tamara Armstrong. Always making art from a young age, It wasn’t until high school that her real love affair with painting began. She later became a full time teacher, staying up all night painting between work days, a predicament in which many working artists find themselves. 5 yrs ago she made a brave choice to commit to being a painter full time.

We met 2 yrs ago at S.H. Ervin Gallery as finalists in the Portia Geach Memorial Award, an all-female identifying portrait prize. I was instantly drawn to this a 6’2 biracial amazon of a woman, not to mention her powerful portrait of yassmin_a. From that point forward Tamara focused on creating portraits of empowered women who live life in brilliant colour and bold substance. When asked how she selected her subjects Tamara shared that “diversifying the representation of what a beautiful woman looks like is something that is very important to me personally and hence my choice of subjects intentionally aims to play its part in subtly disrupting and challenge the status quo.” The inclusion of botanicals and nature with these fierce women pays homage to the times we disconnect and return to nature to draw energy and a greater connection to our inner-voices.

This series has taken her two years to create, and in that time she’s painted murals, run private workshops and art classes and taken other paid jobs to cover the cost of life. Not to mention also being a mother and wife!

I’m honoured that Tamara has chosen to include me as a sitter, and that she invited me to speak during her opening at left bank gallery last week. Each of the sitters has nominated a non-profit for the sale of their portrait, and 20% of the proceeds from my portrait will be donated to The Global Women’s Project, a non-profit we’ve both supported through their ‘Trailblazing Women of Herstory’ exhibit.

Many works have sold, so I encourage you to view (and purchase) the remaining works before the exhibit ends on March 30th!

Supporting Oxfam Australia’s ‘What She Makes’ Campaign

As a maker I stand in solidarity with women like Anju in the image below. Garment workers are incredibly skillful and work hard to make clothing for major brands globally, but they are getting ripped off. No woman should work and create and still live in poverty.

For over 20 years Oxfam has been fighting to help create a fair fashion industry, one that both celebrates creativity and innovation as well as protecting the rights of the women that make our clothes.

Despite positive steps in the industry we are about to embark on our biggest fight yet.  Around the world the women who make our clothes do not make enough to live on – keeping them in poverty. Australian clothing brands like Cotton On and Kmart are part of the system that has created this injustice. The good news is, like previous campaigns we have launched and won – we can create change and fight alongside the women who make our clothes for a living wage.  – Lauren Joy | Campaigns Volunteer | Oxfam Australia

Take and share the What She Makes Pledge at whatshemakes.org

@oxfamaustralia #whatshemakes

It would cost less than 1% of the retail price – that’s less than 10 cents for a $10 T-shirt for brands to pay a living wage. The women who make our clothes aren’t paid enough to escape poverty. No matter how hard they work, they can’t afford basic food and shelter for their families – wage are just too low.

A living wage should be earned in a standard work week of no more than 48 hours. It should provide, for a worker and their family, a decent standard of living. This includes food, housing, healthcare, clothing, transportation, utilities (energy, water) child care and education with some money left over for emergencies / savings.

Find out more at whatshemakes.org