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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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

lhf_bannerFor the month of May I’d like to share an important organization, the Lesbian Health Fund.  I’m excited to be making a donation to the Lesbian Health Fund silent and live auctions taking place on June 1, 2017 in Burlington, VT.  I’ll be offering an 18″ x 24″ portrait of a single sitter, with LHF covering the costs of materials and shipping.

Misinformation, homophobia among health care providers, and a lack of scientific data on basic lesbian health needs result in dangerously inadequate health care for many lesbians and sexual minority women including bisexual women and trans women who partner with women.

The mission of the Lesbian Health Fund is to improve the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families through research. LHF has given over $864,000 to fund 113 research grants and is the only US research fund dedicated solely to the health needs of lesbians and other sexual minority women!

Funds raised from the event will enable LHF to dedicate itself to increasing the body of research focused on lesbian and sexual minority women.

Visit LHF to learn more: www.glma.org/LHF

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

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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/

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Adopt-A-Painting Project

It's a girl!

Adopt-A-Painting Project  seeks to end the sorrow of these un-hung paintings, offering a charitable alternative to the overcrowding of canvases….for just one penny.

Thanks to all who made my Adopt-A-Painting Project a great success!  Every painting listed was sold, and they are being shipped to their new homes as we speak.  I will be posting round two of these adoptable paintings in the very near future.

To start the adoption visit:

http://myworld.ebay.com/lakimbo6wcg