Briony Mackenzie is the CEO and a Founding Director of The Global Women’s Project. Prior to her current role, Briony worked in Southern Morocco with a local NGO, at the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), in the public health sector in Melbourne, and as an intern with the United Nations in Timor-Leste. With a Masters in International Development at RMIT University, Briony has dedicated her life to improving the status of women across the world, and is blazing a trail for young leaders, thinkers and women in this country. She leads with a self-reflexive and compassionate curiosity and is a talented singer, musician and poet. As much as this portrait could have been of any number of the powerhouse women who make up The Global Women’s Project, Briony feels humbled and grateful to be included alongside this auspicious lineup of trailblazers.
About the artist:
Born in America, Kim Leutwyler migrated to Australia in 2012 and is now based in Sydney. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia and drawing, and her current work explores themes of beauty, gender and Queer-identity. She has come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. Leutwyler's recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the 2015 Archibald Prize, the 2016 John Copes Portrait Prize and the 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award, she recently won the Midsumma Visual Arts Guide Cover Competition, and her painting is the hero image for the 2016 LGBTQ Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Australia.