“From Communism to Democracy” Read my Polish story here

Aldona Kmiec is an Australian photographer working artistically and commercially in Ballarat and East Gippsland. She was trained as a commercial photographer at the London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. Originally from Poland, her cross-cultural art practice explores themes of living in-between cultures and social injustice. She has a passion for activating regional communities through immersive photography, public and installation art projects and is a strong advocate for the CALD community. She collaborates using photography, video, writing and public art installations. 

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2011 Small Business Management | Ballarat
2008 Higher National Diploma in Photography | London Metropolitan University

Professional Development

2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program
2014 Leadership Ballarat & Western Region
2014-16 Cultural Diversity Advisor | City of Ballarat
2012-14 Multicultural Ambassador | City of Ballarat

Art Residencies

2018 BOAA Biennale of Australian Art | Ballarat Mining Exchange
2013 Under the Floorboards | Uniting Care Ballarat


2018 Finalist | Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist | Art Lovers Australia Prize
2018 Finalist | Contemporary Art Awards
2017 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
2017 Winner 3rd Prize | Airbnb, Fear of Flying story
2016 Finalist | Eureka Art Prize
2015 Finalist | The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize
2014 Winner | Eureka Art Prize
2014 Finalist | Bowness Photography Prize MGA Gallery Melbourne
2014 Finalist | Head On Photo Festival Portrait Category Sydney
2014 One year Leadership Scholarship | Leadership Ballarat Western Region
2013 Winner CCP Leica Salon Most Humorous Image Award | CCP Melbourne

2013 Winner Eureka Art Prize | Ballarat Arts Foundation 
2013 We R You – Paste-ups Project Facilitator
2012 Honourable Mention Fine Art Black & White Spider Awards
2012 Published Finalist ‘My migration. Moja Emigracja’ book ISBN

2011 Visual Arts Grant – Photography BAF Ballarat Arts Foundation
2008 Winner End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London UK

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In the process of healing | Ballarat International Foto Biennale
2015 Dreamscapes | Ballarat International Foto Biennale 
2013 Australia, a New Chapter | Ballarat International Foto Biennale 
2013 My Australia | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2011 Transient | Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale | Craig’s Royal Hotel

Group Exhibitions

2018 Pol-Art Festival, QCA Galleries, South Bank | Brisbane, QLD
2018 Ballarat Arts Foundation Eureka Art Award | Post Office Gallery  
2018 Mixed Blessings | Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat VIC  
2018 Open studio ArtWalk | Soldiers Hill Artist Collective Ballarat  
2018 Portrait Prize | Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood VIC
2017 Our Place – Soldiers Hill Artist Collective | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2017 Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery St Kilda

2017 Eureka Art Award Finalists | Ballarat Art Gallery window
2016 Eureka Art Award Finalists | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2016 Impressions Polish Arts Foundation | Victorian Artists Society Gallery Melbourne
2016 Linden Postcard Show | Linden New Art Gallery Melbourne
2016 Self Portraits to Selfies | The Lost Ones Gallery Ballarat
2015 PolArt Festival | Steps Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery St Kilda

2014 Eureka Art Prize Finalists | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2014 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists | MGA Gallery Melbourne
2014 Head On Finalists | Paddington Reservoir Gallery Sydney
2013 Under the Floorboards | Art Gallery Ballarat

2012 POL-ART Festival | Perth
2011 Lost in Translation – Collaboration with painter Casey Tosh 
2011 Association of Photographers – AOP Open Awards Finalists | Truman Brewery London

Public Speaking

2018 Guest Speaker | International Womens Day, East Gippsland Library Bairnsdale
2016 Guest Speaker | Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast 
2015 Renata Dąbrowska, Paweł Roman i Aldona Kmieć, Odwach Gallery, Czestochowa Poland
2013 Guest Speaker – Leaders Forum Day | Leadership Ballarat & Western Region
2013 Guest Speaker | Made by Women Speaker Series “From Communism to Democracy” M.A.D.E Museum of Democracy Ballarat 
2012-2014 Multicultural Ambassador City of Ballarat

Ballarat Arts Foundation, Museum of Democracy, private collections

Ballarat Arts Alive
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Harmony Alliance
MAP Multicultural Arts Victoria
Soldiers Hill Artist Collective
Polish Arts Foundation