Online eventIN/VISIBLE

The online event will be accessible from this page and via Facebook.

Invisible exhibition at Hatch

Every year we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) with a community event. This year, we are inviting you to join in online and explore this community-led exhibition exploring the theme of visible/invisible.

This exhibition and associated performances explore the importance of visibility to the LGBTIQ+ community.

While society may feel it is progressive and inclusive like never before, the LGBTIQ+ community continues the invisible struggles of daily life in a system designed to categorise, alienate and define them as other.

What things should be private and invisible? What is relevant? What things should be celebrated and highlighted? Come and learn from the experiences of our local LGBTIQ+ community about what is important to them, as we continue to strive for a more inclusive and welcoming society.

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Key dates

Opening night

Friday 1 May 2020, online @ 8pm

A speech from Mayor Alison Champion starts the event, then Lottie Liams will perform immediately after.

Lottie is a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Banyule, specialising in vocals, guitar and ukulele. Her angelic vocals and unique sound will steal your heart. Performances by Lottie are always special, intimate and spell-binding.

Exhibition artworks

Julian Campomizzi

(pronouns: he/him)

Art prints available for sale: A4 size, edition of 50. $30 each, contactless transaction, includes postage within Australia. Enquiries at arts@banyule.vic.gov.au

Sofia Chapman

(pronouns: they/them)

Original painting sold, prints available. Enquiries at arts@banyule.vic.gov.au

Sofia Chapman's paintings investigate the identities that we create for ourselves, as well as those that we project onto others. Creating characters is a way of escapism, yet also defines our personalities. In 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', Sofia's alter ego drag persona Nicu, who performs with the Transylvanian Gypsy Kings, glimpses the artist in the mirror.

An accordianist by profession with the band Vardos, Sofia has exhibited since late last century in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.

Neek Christie

(pronouns: they/them, zhe/zir)

Art prints available for sale: A4 size, edition of 50. $30 each, contactless transaction, includes postage within Australia. Contact for print sales: arts@banyule.vic.gov.au

I am Neek Christie, an artist who uses multiple formats and such. We are more than our identity, we are ourselves. Our identity is a part of us, but not all of us.

Instagram: @thething._

Tumbler: ForeverForestThing

Darcie Cotton

(pronouns: she/her)

My name is Darcie, and I am a 20 year old game design student and part-time convention artist! A lot of my work is centred around positive mental health, self identity and being open when it comes to tough conversations. I'm working on becoming the person that 'teenager me' needed and I hope that I can be that person for those in need too and help encourage others to open up and take care of themselves.

Danny

(pronouns: they/them)

I used to walk the halls, head down and feeling small. I used to hide behind my hair, a mask of my own making. I felt invisible because I made myself that way. I felt like nobody understood who I was, not even me. They called me a girl, but I felt out of place. I just wanted to run and play. I wanted to swing from the trees, get lost into sports, and not feel like I had to be someone else. I felt invisible, not who I was.

Slowly I started to find the words, and thought, maybe I don’t have to be so small
I could be proud and strong, just maybe one day I could feel tall.
I began to peel off the mask, little by little, growing inch by inch.
I’m not a boy, not a girl, I’m just me you see.
And I just want to be happy, happy with being me.

When somebody ignores me and holds onto my past,
they’re throwing that invisibility back onto me, like a mask.
Every day I try and take that mask off, for who I want to be
I don’t want to keep hiding from the world, I want them to see:
I am here, I am visible - I am me.

Amelia Howes

(pronouns: she/her)

I’m Amelia. I’m 13. I started making jewellery as a hobby. One day, my teacher at school commented on my earrings and I told her about them. She suggested selling them at our school fete which I thought was an awesome idea! I sold out completely, and I loved seeing girls at school wearing my creations. I was then asked to be part of Banyule’s YouthFest a couple years back, embracing all things LGBTIQ . I made some fabulous rainbow inspired earrings and the comments I got and the excitement I saw from people who bought them inspired me to create more. Now, I love seeing the girls and boys wearing my creations.

Lottie Liams

(pronouns: she/her)

Lottie Liams is a singer-songwriter sent from the heavens to serenade you and your house-plants.

The 20-year-old has grown up in the thick greenery of the outer Melbourne suburbs and takes that with her everywhere she goes. Never afraid to stand-out in a crowd, Lottie is also an activist who wears her shaved head with pride, speaking out about her experience with chronic illness, and hoping to help others in the process.

Zeiro Richards

(pronouns: they/them)

Art prints available for sale: A4 size, edition of 50. $30 each, contactless transaction, includes postage within Australia. Also available as a set of postcards (10 postcard set) and sticker sheet (10 stickers on A4 sheet). Enquiries at arts@banyule.vic.gov.au

As a proud member of the LGBTQI community and passionate advocate, I wanted to create some fun, punny wordplay-based alternatives to traditional pride flags. These pieces represent my view on the diversity of the LGBTQI and show my connection to animals and the natural world. I also hope they bring some fun and joy to a community that is all too often marginalised and excluded.

I am a 20yr old queer, non-binary young person. I enjoy digital art as I feel you have a lot more freedom on placement, easier colour selection and opacity, and the ability to undo quickly.

Darcy Scales

(pronouns: she/her)

Short film: Sapphire (2019). Duration: 21:18.

16 year old Saffie finds her summer holiday slowly consumed by a wave of unfamiliar feelings towards a new friend.

Abbey Simmonds

(pronouns: she/her)

I am 13 years old and live in Monty. I started making scrunchies because I thought it would be a fun way to learn how to sew. I also wanted a way to fundraise for my sister’s school which is called Giant Steps. $1 from every scrunchie sold will go to support kids with autism. I had fun making the rainbow pride scrunchies because I believe in equality for all.

When (presented via Facebook)

  • Friday, 01 May 2020 | 08:00 AM - Sunday, 17 May 2020 | 10:00 PM