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

Donating 10% from my original art sold to Full Stop Foundation in the month of Feb

The Full Stop Foundation is about stopping sexual assault and domestic violence – Full Stop.

“Our focus is on prevention and engaging with individuals, foundations, business and community leaders to drive meaningful change to achieve our vision of a society in which sexual assault and domestic violence no longer exist.” – Full Stop Foundation

As an initiative of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, the Full Stop Foundation leads in the prevention of sexual, domestic and family violence in Australia through innovative programs.

During the month of February I’ll be donating 10% of the profit from my original artwork sold to the Full Stop Foundation.  For a list of available works please visit saatchiart.com/kimleutwyler!

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!

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!