Originally from Poland, Aldona Kmiec [pronounced Kmyehch] is a multidisciplinary, multilingual artist working in photography/installation/public art in Ballarat and East Gippsland. Her works explore themes of migration and social injustice. Through immersive photography and installation art, her practice aims to create artworks and experiences that bring awareness to social issues experienced in Australia and around the world. 

“I curiously got into the arts and community development work to connect with others and realise my and others potential. I was always very artistic but felt I wasn’t encouraged or accepted for my qualities. Opportunity to run a creative practice was a risk I wanted to undertake mainly to confront my own fears. Learn to fail and learn again.

It has been an extremely enriching and also a challenging experience: meeting people and being able to give back in response to the generosity I’ve received, but also importantly facing some dark areas of my life I didn’t have courage or strength to deal with for a long time.”

Aldona has spent time working with community groups, businesses and government organisations in Ballarat and Gippsland region. She has a passion for activating regional communities. Read her full bio here.


The Design Files  |  Better Homes & Gardens TV  |  The Miner  |  SBS Polish Radio  |  ABC Radio  |  Gravity Wave  |  The Ballarat Courier |  The Ballarat Courier  |  Canberra Times  |  SBS Polish Radio  |  Australian Country Magazine  |  ABC Radio Ballarat  | The Ballarat Courier  | Discussions on Photography  |  Under the Floorboards |   Polish Radio ‘Czestochowskie24.p

Education & Professional Development
2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program (current)
2014 Ballarat Leadership Program LBWR

2012-14 Multicultural Ambassador of Ballarat
2011 Cert IV in Small Business Management, Australia
2006-08 Higher National Diploma in Photography, London Metropolitan University UK
1996-98 Advanced Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality, TAFE Poland


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

Art Residencies

2018 BOAA Biennale of Australian Art (October)
2013 Under the Floorboards Artist Residency

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In the process of healing | Ballarat International Foto Biennale
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 Pol-Art Festival | Redland Performing Arts Centre Brisbane, QLD (Dec)
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, EastGippsland Library
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

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Photo Credit: Talina Edwards 

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