An artful challenge

CHALLENGING ART: The inaugural, Insert Self Here activism and arts day is set to take place in Castlemaine on Saturday.

CHALLENGING ART: The inaugural, Insert Self Here activism and arts day is set to take place in Castlemaine on Saturday.

The inaugural 'Insert Self Here Queer Ideas, Activism and Arts Day' will take place in Castlemaine this Saturday.

Three events will take place over the course of the day. These events fall under the broad headings of 'BOOKISH' (writing and literature), 'LOOKISH' (visual arts and film) and 'LIVEISH' (performance and live art).

ISH director Terence Jaensch said ISH artfully challenged homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

"Our events affirm queer people, queer lives and experiences," Mr Jaensh said.

"ISH, by affirming difference, enlivens a not so straight and narrow regional space for queer ideas, activism and arts."

'LOOKISH' will be held at the Castlemaine Art Museum at 14 Lyttleton Street, and 'LIVEISH' will be held at Punctum's ICU at 1 Halford Street, while other events will be held at various venues around Castlemaine. For details visit www.insertselfhereish.com.

The program includes 'I've Had My Eye On You For Some Time Now' a panel of writers set to shine a light on a queer film of literary work which marked a significant moment in their lives and 'Not Quite Right For The Part' - a performance night in which local performers throw off the constraints of age, sex and gender and interpret the monologues, scenes and songs they've always wanted to.

ISH is scheduled to take place annually on the Saturday of, or following, International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT, May 17). ISH events are also an encouragement to the township, businesses, services and people of Castlemaine and surrounds to engage in acts of support, not only on the day but throughout the year, that increase the visibility of the local LGBTI community and the issues they face.

"ISH events and ISH goers are sexually diverse, gender diverse, culturally diverse, queer or queer leaning. ISH is for the 'other' in all of us," Mr Jaensh said.

For bookings email ish.day.info@gmail.com

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