June is Pride Month, and I’ll be donating 50% from my paintings sold to Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in society.

During Pride Month we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Please remember that the activism of a black butch lesbian (Stormé DeLarverie) and a black trans woman (Marsha P Johnson) sparked the uprising that ignited an LGBTQIA+ movement.

As we find ways to celebrate Pride Month globally, please commit to actions that will create a better, more just world for everyone. Here are just a few actions you can take:

– Learn more about and talk out the conscious and unconscious bias you have. I have a growing reading list and am happy to share.

– Listen without ego and defensiveness to people of color.

– Support black businesses.

– Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor.

– Don’t be silent about that racist joke.

– Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and opt for toys for your kids, nieces, nephews, etc that show people from different races, and that feature POC as protagonists and heroes.
Decolonize your bookshelf.

– Find out how slavery, the Civil War, and the Jim Crow era are being taught in your local school.

– Write to your local government and police chief to advocate for mandatory police body cams and evidence-based police de-escalation trainings.

– When you see posts about people encountering racism, call the business or institution involved to tell them how upset you are.

– Call or write to your local government to support criminal justice reform including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, passing alternatives to incarceration, etc.

This is by no means and exhaustive list and I can share lots of books and resources, just slide into my DMs.

KimLeutwyler.com

Painting donated for LGBTQI+ CAMP OUT fundraiser

I have donated one of my paintings for auction to raise funds for CAMP OUT, an Australian organisation that runs a camp for LGBTQI+ and gender diverse teens. In my teens, I would have loved a camp with open workshops and informal discussions on things like identity & what it means to be LGBTIQ-identified or questioning your gender or sexual orientation, dealing with homophobia & transphobia, coming out in highschool, coming out to parents or friends, and how to be an awesome LGBTIQ ally.

While this painting was scooped up straightaway, if you’d like to purchase any of my available works I’ll be happy to donate 25% to this great organisation. Just specify in your message!

KimLeutwyler.com


ABOUT CAMP OUT

A CAMP FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, INTERSEX, QUEER (LGBTIQ), AND SEX &/OR GENDER DIVERSE TEENS, SAME SEX ATTRACTED, CURIOUS & QUESTIONING TEENS AGED 13-17.

CAMP OUT offers the chance to attend an away-from-home camp with people who share similar experiences, offering a supportive and safe space to learn and express yourself, an opportunity for capacity building and a fun environment in which to do so. Most of all, it’s the chance to hang out in a place where you’re not judged for who you are, or who you like.

campout.org.au

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.

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 🦄🌈🎉

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

Help Nepal: Donating 10% of proceeds from original artwork sold to UNICEF

In light of the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to UNICEF during the month of May. UNICEF is on the ground providing critical aid such as clean water, shelter and sanitation. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has claimed more than 5,000 lives, caused thousands of injuries, and destroyed homes. UNICEF approximates that 1.7 million children require humanitarian assistance in Nepal.

Latest updates from UNICEF’s response include:

  • Tents, hygiene kits, water purification tablets and buckets have been dispatched to Gorkha for distribution, the area at the epicentre of the earthquake, where the presence of dead bodies poses the risk of disease outbreak.  Vital supplies have also been dispatched to Kavre and Dhading.
  • UNICEF is delivering water purification tablets, buckets and hygiene kits in Bhaktapur where only 1 in 5 people are estimated to have access to clean water.
  • Water tankers are distributing clean water to 16 informal camps that have sprung up in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Teams are identifying and assisting children who have been separated from their families
  • UNICEF is working with partners to provide psychological support for children living in informal camps who have experienced extreme shock

If you’d like to learn more or donate directly, please visit www.supportunicef.org/nepal.  `Keep up to date by following UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

On 26 April, a woman feeds her infant, who was injured during the massive earthquake, at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, the capital.

Featured Non-Profit: Australian Youth Orchestra

During the month of April I’ll be donating 10% of the proceeds from my original artwork sold to the Australian Youth Orchestra.  The AYO is a not-for-profit organisation training young musicians from around Australia!

AYO Mission: To empower young Australians with musical knowledge and imagination and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance.

Creative Partnerships Australia has endorsed AYO’s vision for the future and will match dollar for dollar every donation they receive by 25 May 2015!  Purchase any available painting from kimleutwyler.com and 10% will be donated and matched for AYO.

Want to help AYO directly?  Donate now to AYO’s Gift Match Appeal and your gift will give twice!

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts

For the month of September, 10% of profits from my original paintings sold will go to The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, a nationwide charity that believes all children, no matter what their background, deserve to be inspired by the arts. You can check out the available paintings at kimleutwyler.com.

I’m so inspired Sedition’s upcoming auction of over 100 pieces of contemporary artwork to raise vital funds for The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. These worked are to be auctioned online during two weeks of September. The top 10-15 lots will go to live auction on the night of 1 October 2014 at my favourite space, the Saatchi Gallery, London.

“Thanks to the generous help of our supporters and partners, every single pound raised through this fabulous event will go directly to benefit disadvantaged children and offer them opportunities they could never otherwise dream of.”
– Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts

Find out more about this amazing organisation at the links below. As always, if you’d like to purchase an original painting for a good cause you can reach me at artist@kimleutwyler.com 😉

CHILDRENANDARTS.ORG.UK
FACEBOOK.COM/CHILDRENANDARTS
@CHILDRENANDARTS

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Underbelly Arts

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For the month of August, 10% of the profit from my original art sold will be donated to Underbelly Arts! Rinse Out Inc is the organisation behind Underbelly Arts, supporting artists as they take the first or next step in their artistic careers.

Underbelly Arts directly assists the development and presentation of groundbreaking new work from Australia’s most exciting artists. They produce the Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival (in partnership with Carriageworks and Cockatoo Island), a mentoring program called Propeller and all-year-round activities in Sydney!

In 2013, Underbelly Arts launched The Fold.

We are searching for 100 Underbelly Arts lovers to donate $100 each, so that we are able to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. By Joining The Fold, your donation will assist us to grow our programs that support emerging, interdisciplinary artists in Australia. We will publicly acknowledge all members of The Fold, and you will have the opportunity to meet Underbelly Arts team and Artist Alumni.

Find out more about Underbelly Arts by visiting their website, Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram!!

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!