Aldona Kmiec [pronounced Kmyehch] is a Polish-born Australian artist living and working between Ballarat and Eagle Point, East Gippsland. Experiencing with immersive photography and installation art, her practice aims to prompt questions about our cultural and social prejudices and the perceived ‘otherness of the other’. Read her full bio here

Her recent photo & sound installation at the former Ballarat Convent In the Process of Healing told a story of hope and survival and was part of Ballarat International Foto Biennale festival.

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Education & Professional Development
2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program (current)
2014 Ballarat Leadership Program LBWR
2011 NEIS scheme | Certificate IV in Small Business Management
2006-08 HND in Photography, London Metropolitan University UK
1996-98 Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality, Poland


Ballarat Gippsland Photographer Aldona Kmiec artist
Photo: Eve Wilson for TDF

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2018 Finalist | Art Lovers Australia Prize
2018 Finalist | Contemporary Art Awards
2017 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
2017 Winner 3rd Prize International | 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
2011 Visual Arts Grant – Photography BAF Ballarat Arts Foundation
2008 Winner End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London UK


2013 Under the Floorboards Artist Residency

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In the process of healing – Ballarat Foto Biennale | former Ballarat Convent
2015 Dreamscapes Ballarat International Foto Biennale | Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
2013 Australia, a New Chapter | Ballarat International Foto Biennale | The Forge
2013 My Australia | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2011 Transient | Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale | Craig’s Royal Hotel

Group Exhibitions

2018 Art Lovers Australia Prize | Left Bank Gallery, Southport, Queensland
2018 Pol-Art Festival | Brisbane (Forthcoming) 
2018 BOAA Ballarat Biennale of Australian Art (Forthcoming)
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 Casey Tosh 
2011 Association of Photographers – AOP Open Awards Finalists | Truman Brewery London

Talks, Public Involvement

2016 Guest Speaker | Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast 
2015 Renata Dąbrowska, Paweł Roman i Aldona Kmieć, Odwach Gallery, Czestochowa Poland
2014-2015 Co-Founder | Big Space Studio & Gallery
2013 Guest Speaker – Leaders Forum Day | Leadership Ballarat & Western Region
2013 Guest Speaker | Made by Women Speaker Series M.A.D.E Museum Ballarat (below)
2012-2014 Multicultural Ambassador City of Ballarat

“From Communism to Democracy” Made by Women Speaker Series, Museum of Democracy Ballarat, 2013

Ballarat Arts Foundation, Museum of Democracy, private collections

NAVA Premium Member
Ballarat Arts Alive Inc
Multicultural Arts Victoria
Ballarat Arts Foundation Alumna
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Polish Art Foundation
East Gippsland Art Gallery
Friends of Rotary Club



Photo Credit: Eve Wilson for The Design Files
Cover Photo: Aldona Kmiec ‘My sister Marta at work’