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

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Donating 10% of original artwork sold in October to Amnesty International – Refugees

Millions of people around the world are fleeing their homelands to escape war, genocide, torture and persecution. Most recently the Australian Government has stepped up to save the lives of 12,000 people escaping war in Syria.

During the month of October I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to Amnesty International, a global movement that works to uphold the rights of people seeking asylum across the world.  Amnesty uses funding to place researchers on the ground in conflict areas to expose human rights violations, lobby governments, corporations and international bodies to champion human rights, fund campaigning in Australia to dispel myths about refugees and more!

In October, we’ll be launching a new crisis campaign aimed at increasing international pressure on the Syrian Government and other non-state actors to significantly reduce the number of civilian casualties and improve humanitarian access into Syria. Join Amnesty activists across the globe in the coming months in calling for real action on Syria! – amnesty.org.au/refugees

Want to get directly involved?  Visit amnesty.org.au/get-involved to find out how you can make a difference.  You can also spread awareness on social media using #OpentoSyria #refugeeswelcome  and tag @Amnestyoz 😉

If you’d like to purchase an original piece of art for a good cause please reach out to me directly at artist@kimleutwyler.com!

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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The Midsumma Exhibits were a hit!

My Midsumma Exhibits have officially begun, and the opening receptions were fantastic! Hundreds of people were in attendance, and I managed to sneakily listen to some feedback from onlookers.

Art @1 Spring Street hosted ‘Inquisitarium’. The opening reception had guest speakers from Melbourne City Council, as well as Monique Thorpe, the Midsumma Festival Manager!

‘The Comfort Zone’ was hosted at Gasworks Arts Park, with live performances from the Low Rez Gay Choir and Mentalist Cath Jamison! There was booze and BBQ for attendees, as well as speeches from the Curator and Director of Gasworks!

I hope you get a chance to go see the exhibits in Melbourne through Feb 2!

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Wall of Sound

Wall of Sound

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Onlookers

Onlookers

Selfie!

Selfie!

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Melbourne City Gay Choir performance

Melbourne City Gay Choir performance

BBQ outside of Gasworks

BBQ outside of Gasworks