June is Pride Month, and I’ll be donating 50% from my paintings sold to Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in society.

During Pride Month we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Please remember that the activism of a black butch lesbian (Stormé DeLarverie) and a black trans woman (Marsha P Johnson) sparked the uprising that ignited an LGBTQIA+ movement.

As we find ways to celebrate Pride Month globally, please commit to actions that will create a better, more just world for everyone. Here are just a few actions you can take:

– Learn more about and talk out the conscious and unconscious bias you have. I have a growing reading list and am happy to share.

– Listen without ego and defensiveness to people of color.

– Support black businesses.

– Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor.

– Don’t be silent about that racist joke.

– Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and opt for toys for your kids, nieces, nephews, etc that show people from different races, and that feature POC as protagonists and heroes.
Decolonize your bookshelf.

– Find out how slavery, the Civil War, and the Jim Crow era are being taught in your local school.

– Write to your local government and police chief to advocate for mandatory police body cams and evidence-based police de-escalation trainings.

– When you see posts about people encountering racism, call the business or institution involved to tell them how upset you are.

– Call or write to your local government to support criminal justice reform including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, passing alternatives to incarceration, etc.

This is by no means and exhaustive list and I can share lots of books and resources, just slide into my DMs.

KimLeutwyler.com

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!

KimLeutwyler.com


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

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.

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!

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