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.

Advertisements

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 🦄🌈🎉

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!

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

20130308-081333.jpg

I am very pleased to announce that as of Saturday the 2nd of March, 2013…I’m a married woman! Well….sort of. We had a beautiful ceremony before 100 of our closest friends and family. There was a cake, photo booth, flowers…you name it! All of the trimmings that formulate a beautiful event that celebrates the union of two people. Problem #1 is that we hosted our wedding in Arizona, a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage. But hey, same-sex marriage isn’t recognized on a Federal level in the United States yet anyway. Problem #2 is that we live in Sydney, Australia where we cannot be legally married to one another. When researching our rights in New South Whales, Cole and I came across Glrl.org.

The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) advocates on behalf of the lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community. Here are a few excerpts from their website: glrl.org.au

“We lobby politicians, government departments, policy makers and the media to redress discrimination against lesbians and gay men.”

“We represent the gay and lesbian community at the local, state and national level through statewide consultations. Our major consultations have highlighted social injustice and legal inequality faced by lesbians and gay men, in areas such as relationship recognition, parenting and adoption rights, workplace discrimination, the age of consent and homophobic violence.”

“We empower the community to take action in the push for equality. The GLRL runs volunteer working groups which organise campaigns and events highlight equality issues.”

For the month of March I am going to be a little bit self-serving. I will be donating a portion of all proceeds from my artwork sold to support Gay and Lesbian rights in my new home, New South Whales. For now my partner and I will be married where it really counts…in our hearts!! Love you boo. 😉

Find out more about the organization at: http://glrl.org.au/

20130308-081507.jpg.

20130308-082020.jpg