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!

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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

The Midsumma Exhibits were a hit!

My Midsumma Exhibits have officially begun, and the opening receptions were fantastic! Hundreds of people were in attendance, and I managed to sneakily listen to some feedback from onlookers.

Art @1 Spring Street hosted ‘Inquisitarium’. The opening reception had guest speakers from Melbourne City Council, as well as Monique Thorpe, the Midsumma Festival Manager!

‘The Comfort Zone’ was hosted at Gasworks Arts Park, with live performances from the Low Rez Gay Choir and Mentalist Cath Jamison! There was booze and BBQ for attendees, as well as speeches from the Curator and Director of Gasworks!

I hope you get a chance to go see the exhibits in Melbourne through Feb 2!

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Wall of Sound

Wall of Sound

Inquisitarium

Inquisitarium

Onlookers

Onlookers

Selfie!

Selfie!

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

Melbourne City Gay Choir performance

Melbourne City Gay Choir performance

BBQ outside of Gasworks

BBQ outside of Gasworks

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