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Art Advocacy is an Australia-wide raffle raising money for Black Rainbow

Photographer – Kate Logan
Stylist – Karla Herrera
Hair and Makeup – Josie Hanuska
Florist – Rachel King
Model – Atong Luala

Prints for an important cause.

Australian artists Kate Logan and Karla Herrera, like many of us, felt determined to become more active allies following the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests both here and abroad. And as practising artists who live and work on stolen land, they knew they wanted to use their creative platforms to make a difference.

After Kate reached out to Karla with an idea to raise money for a worthwhile cause, they created Art Advocacy, a collaborative art raffle project aiming to combat racism and raise money and awareness for Black lives in Australia.

They, along with a dedicated team, created the shoot above (isn’t it exquisite?) for the purpose of the raffle, and there will be five different A3 framed prints from the shoot up for grabs.

The raffle will be donating 100 per cent of the profits to the Black Rainbow organisation. Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and intersex (LGBQTI) peoples.

Kate and Karla talked to us about what drove them to start a project like Art Advocacy and what they’re hoping to achieve from it.

Tell us about the Art Advocacy project.

Art Advocacy is a creative collaborative project to raise awareness about racism here in Australia. Via our Instagram page @artadvocacy.project, we will be raffling off five A3 framed fine art prints over the course of two weeks beginning Monday the 13 and ending Saturday the 25. We will announce the winners via Instagram stories on Sunday the 26 of July. Through the link in the bio, people can donate as much as they wish and every $10 you donate will equate to one entry.

What does Black Rainbow do?

Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI peoples. Through their grassroots and diverse approaches, they strive to alleviate a wide range of health outcomes including the prevalence of suicide and non-suicidal self-harm in their communities.

Why did you start it?

As creatives, we were left wondering about what we can do and how we can help to be active allies moving forward, particularly after the Black Lives Matter Movement arose. There was no desire to go back to shooting my own personal work as it felt trivial and selfish in response to the current state of the world. Karla reached out to me with an idea to raise money and there birthed Art Advocacy. We reached out to local creatives and brands to see if they were interested in joining and we were so humbled by the response. A special thanks to our team; Atong, People Agency, Josie Haluska, Rachel King, Tamale Studios, Purple, Katherine Nolan, Amanda Agnes Nicolas, Vaxa Jewellery, India Ainsworth and Elizabeth Berry. I would also love to thank Hound And Bone Studio for the beautiful prints and Frames Readymade for the stunning locally made frames.

What are you hoping to achieve?

Most importantly we hope to raise as much as possible for the Black Rainbow Organisation. We also hope we can bring more awareness to the incredible work Black Rainbow do in identifying and addressing the social determinants of health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI. I would love for more creatives to get on board for this kind of work as I truly couldn’t top the energy I felt creating this shoot with other like-minded beautiful women.

You can purchase tickets for the raffle here and find out more about the project here.


Styling credits

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ACCESSORIES ELIZABETH BERRY AND AMANDA NICHOLS
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DRESS KATHERINE VIOLET NOLAN, ACCESSORIES AMANDA NICHOLS AND VAXA JEWELLERY
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DRESS KATHERINA VIOLET NOLAN, EARRINGS VAXA JEWELLERY
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ACCESSORIES ELIZABETH BERRY
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CLOTHING KATHERINE VIOLET NOLAN, ACCESSORIES AMANDA NICHOLS AND VAXA JEWELLERY
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