24 AUG – 20 OCT 2019

Overnight Visitors

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2019 (BIFB) brings together over 100 local and international artists under the theme ‘Hello World’ with exhibitions representing the world in unconventional ways and in unpredictable circumstances. See the amazing Camouflage exhibition, featuring works by internationally acclaimed Liu Bolin from China. Explore beautiful Ballarat and inhale the enormous variety of photography on display during the event.

All exhibitions are free entry unless otherwise stated.

For our full calendar of events, click HERE

Image Credit: David Simmonds

DAY ONE – Outdoor Program tour

Ballarat is transformed into an open-air gallery through the Outdoor Program. Familiar streets, laneways, shopfronts and building exteriors will surprise you as they transform into exhilarating exhibition spaces. Click for more information.

Enjoy a meal in the heart of Ballarat at one of the following restaurants
• The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong St Nth
• Hydrant Food Hall, 3 McKenzie St
• Red Peppa, 34 Sturt St
• Golden City Hotel, 427 Sturt St
• Craig’s Royal Hotel, 10 Lydiard St Sth

Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North
Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Bolin’s career over almost two decades, from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 to the present day.

Image: Liu Bolin, Sunflower No. 1, 2012

Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Adult $18, Concession $12, Children 5-15 years $8, Children under 5 FREE. 

The Sunken Garden by Jane Burton (Australia) depicts a landscape of the Central Highlands region beyond Ballarat that was shown to the artist by a friend. This is not the kind of place found by the roadside, but a hidden place that one must walk into for some distance, crossing a kind of psychic threshold.

Eugenia Lim (Australia) will share the influences that shaped her body of work Yellow Peril exploring the historical and ongoing impact and influence of mining and immigration on the Australian identity.

Telluris by Noemie Goudal (France) features works from the artist’s last three photographic series, each depicting what look to be remote three-dimensional mountainous landscapes but which are in fact, two-dimensional backdrops. 

DAY TWO – Core Program and Open Program Exhibitions

Spend the day in the heart of Ballarat visiting the many local venues included in this year’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale and attend as many exhibitions as you can squeeze into the day. 

10am Post Office Gallery, Cnr Sturt & Lydiard St Nth
Soldiers is an award-winning series of photographs produced between 1994 and 2000 by one of Israel’s leading photographers, Adi Nes. Soldiers focuses on intermediary moments between privacy and intimacy within the rigid framework of military life, and the loss of innocence within masculinity.

11am National Centre for Photography (NCFP), 4 Lydiard St Sth
During the 2019 Biennale, the NCFP hosts international artists Mathieu Asselin (France) Stock Market, Laia Abril (Spain) A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion, Robbie Rowlands (Australia) Incremental Loss Part Two in a varied showcase of exhibitions addressing global biotechnology corporation Monsanto; abortion and; the relationship between photography and sculpture respectively.

Image: Robbie Rowlands, Incremental Loss – Front desk and ceiling cut – Former Union Bank – The National Centre for Photography Residency 2019. Courtesy of the Artist and Blackartprojects, Melbourne

Curators Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret bring together Australian and international photographers in Capital. The exhibition explores the use of photography as a method for reflecting upon the systems of value and exchange in contemporary Indigenous and settler cultures.

12pm Ballarat Anglican Church, 49 Lydiard St Sth and Ballarat Central Uniting Church, 103 Lydiard St Sth
Showcasing the work of Lauren Greenfield (USA) and Vanessa Winship (UK), this exhibition, Give Us This Day, confronts the realities of the rights of children; specifically how intrinsic social values shape a child’s lived experience and dictate the definition of childhood. The two artists investigate how children negotiate their lives in a world governed by adults and corporate organisations.

1pm Lunch
Invite your group to break up into smaller numbers and explore some of the local cafes showcasing artists as part of the BIFB Open Program including:
• Bicycle Centre Ballarat Coffee House, 112 Lydiard St Nth
• Sebastiaan’s Café and Bar, 58 Lydiard St Nth
• Uptown, 30 Lydiard St Nth
• Yellow Espresso, 13 Sturt St
• Homeground Café, 125 Sturt St
• Schnitz, 321 Sturt St
• Europa, 411 Sturt St
• Higher Society, 413 Sturt St
• L’espresso, 417 Sturt St
• Stockade Cellars, Cnr Mair and Armstrong Sts
• Meigas, 33 Armstrong St Nth
• Pancho, 36 Armstrong St Nth

2pm The Mining Exchange, 12 Lydiard St Nth
Explore the core program exhibitions: Who are these strangers and where are they going? a showcase of Dr Fiona Foley’s key works spanning her celebrated 30-year art-making practice and; Waterworks presented by Central Highlands Water, a unique exhibition of photographs, objects and ephemera from the Central Highlands Water archives.

Image: Fiona Foley, The Oyster Fisherman 1, 2011

3pm The Lost Ones Gallery, 14 Camp St
Bauhaus Foto features six prominent artists presenting work that reflects their interest in Bauhaus and marks 100 years since the establishment of the iconic Bauhaus school in Germany.

Lightness of Being by Victoria McKay in collaboration with Debra Kelly explores the way light affect models, how elements can be harshly beautiful, how the imagination perceive them and how the world comes to know them.

Ballarat Trades Hall, 24 Camp St
Leonie Brannighan explores human communication in Long Neglect, Melissa Jane Cachia’s series, Asylum Walkthrough is a study in architecture, textures, colours and tones and Waiting for Oz by Carl Rainer is a photographic story using his granddaughter’s Barbie dolls, toys, handmade props and small lights.

4pm Myer Ballarat and Central Square Shopping Centre, 301 Sturt St
Take in all the glamour and spontaneity of Monty Coles’ fashion photography, heavily informed by the rich aesthetic of the 1980s, through his seminal work for Vogue Australia as photographer for more than 20 of their covers in the non-conventional exhibition space of the Myer Ballarat windows.

Enter the Myer Ballarat store and walk through to Central Square Shopping Centre for a visual feast. Seventies Foodies is a unique selection of works by award winning photographer John Street (UK/Australia) from the Peter Russell-Clarke cookbooks.

7pm Mitchell Harris, 38 Doveton St Nth
Enjoy dinner at the refurbished 1870s produce store and workshop, crafted from industrial cool into a relaxed space to explore the wines of our region. The venue is hosting four exhibitions as part of the Open Program for this year’s event.

DAY THREE – Drive around Ballarat International Foto Biennale

9am Webster’s Market and Café, 61 Webster St
Between Silent and Populous: Scenes of Light, Colour and Night features works by Melbourne based photographers, Madeline Bowser and Ben Metherall exploring night photography and light.

Racer’s Bar and Café, 2 Wendouree Parade
SALT by Ainsley Cameron is a series of photographs of the Cockajemmy Lakes, scattered through southwest Victoria, with the artist using a Lensball to create a point of difference.

Lake Wendouree Museum Boat Shed, View Point, Lake Wendouree
Best O Lake is a site specific exhibition of works by local artist celebrating the beauty of Lake Wendouree and highlighting the area’s scenery, birdlife and daily movement.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Wendouree Parade 
The Center for Living Things is the research para-institution founded in 2016 by Diana Lelonek (Poland), in order to examine, collect and popularise the knowledge concerning humanotic nature forms. Explore this unique exhibition in the living environment of the Ballarat Conservatory. Pato Herbert transforms the Statuary Pavillion’s windows, creating a dialogue between the depicted parks and the surrounding Ballarat Botanical Gardens, with ‘The Oscillator’ pushing into abstraction in In, If Not Always Of.

Discover Traversing the Deep by Kim Percy. This installation features photos of everyday Australians printed on metal discs and floated on Lake Wendouree, with a reflective metal boat creating a mirror to those viewing the artwork.

Eclectic Tastes Café & Pantry, 2 Burnbank St
Dark Beauty by Jon Paley is a project recording the simple details in landscape seen in the artist’s travels around Australia and Europe.

Lunch Mercure Ballarat, 613 Main Road
Through Our Lens showcases work by members of the Warragul Camera Club.

2pm Gold Museum, Bradshaw St
Showcasing the Gold Museum’s diverse photography collection, Pose: Portraits from the Gold Museum Collection features portraiture styles from carte de visites to celebrity postcards, and an extensive selection of cameras from the 19th century box brownie to today’s smartphone.
Adults $7/ Concession $5.60 (show your BIFB program for this entry price)

3pm Ballarat Observatory, 439 Cobden St
To the Moon and Back, Curators: Rebecca Najdowski and Dr Colleen Boyle Within the heritage-listed Ballarat Observatory, a diverse group of international artists brings their individual voices to a relevance of the historic 1969 lunar landing and its lasting photographic legacy. Featuring artists from Australia, USA, Switzerland, France, China and Spain.

Image: Buzz Aldrin on the Moon by Neil Armstrong, NASA 1969, courtesy of Johnson Space Centre via NASA images

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