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.

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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

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.

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!

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!

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!!