A SHIPPING container artspace has taken up residence in Rosalind Park as part of the Bendigo Pride Festival.
Bendigo is the first stop for the Q+ project. It aims to use queer arts and artists to engage with queer communities in regional and rural areas.
Q+ founder Ben Giraud said he hoped the artspace would make people feel visible and part of a larger community.
"Bendigo was the first stop because (it was) the most friendly and eager location to help us out," he said. "It is hard work coming up with a concept, taking it through the grant writing stage and enacting it. You have to have local people who want it there to make it happen.
"(Bendigo Pride director) John Richards and the rest of the festival have been awesome."
The Q+ space will have an artist creating a mural on the shipping container over the next two days while people are able to leave messages or help create a soundscape for other communities to interact with.
Mr Richards said the Bendigo Pride Festival tried to be as inclusive as possible.
"Something like Q+ is amazing because they aim at everybody," he said. "That's the big thing. It's not just gay and lesbian and straight anymore. It's non-binary and trans and other new ways of looking at gender.
"Bendigo is such a fantastic place in the way it embraces the other things. People don't celebrate that enough - what a welcoming place it is."
Bendigo Pride Festival runs until March 28. Visit www.bendigopridefestival.com.au for more details.
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