About

Born and raised in Poland (read her full bio here), Aldona migrated to the United Kingdom and later to Australia. She lives and works in Ballarat and Eagle Point, East Gippsland, Australia.

Experiencing with immersive installation art, her photography practice aims to prompt questions about the perceived ‘otherness of the other’ and is an attempt to normalise difficult conversations about trauma. An alumna of 2014 Leadership and Western Region program, Aldona has worked voluntarily as a Multicultural Ambassador of Ballarat, was an Artist-in-Residence with Uniting Care and worked with many local community organisations and NFPs. Her current photo/sound installation at the Ballarat Welcome Centre, 145 Victoria St In the Process of Healing is part of Ballarat International Foto Biennale festival 2017,

Finalist of 2015/17 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women and 2014 Bowness Photography Prize, Aldona has received grants and commissions from City of Ballarat, Museum of Democracy at Eureka, Victorian Department of Justice, Ballarat Arts Foundation and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council to facilitate artist talks, exhibitions and community projects.

Education
2011 NEIS Program, Cert IV in Small Business Management
2008 HND in Photography, London Metropolitan University
1998 Advanced Diploma in Hospitality, TAFE Poland

Press 
WIN News TV
The Miner
SBS Polish Radio
ABC Radio
Gravity Wave
The Ballarat Courier
The Australian Review
ArtGuide.Com.Au
The Ballarat Courier
Canberra Times
The Design Files 
Better Homes & Gardens TV 
SBS Polish Radio 
Australian Country Magazine 
ABC Radio Ballarat
The Ballarat Courier 
#BIFB15, Discussions on Photography 
Under the Floorboards
Australian Photography Magazine
Polish Radio ‘Czestochowskie24.pl

Awards 
2017 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
2017 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
2011 Visual Arts Grant – Photography BAF Ballarat Arts Foundation
2008 Winner End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London UK

Residencies

2013 Under the Floorboards Art Residency

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In the process of healing Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale | 145 Victoria St, Ballarat
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 | Brisbane
2017 BOAA What’s in the Box | Ballarat Biennale of Australian Art
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 & Coworking Space
2013 Guest Speaker Leaders Forum Day | Leadership Ballarat & Western Region
2013 Guest Speaker | Made by Women Speaker Series M.A.D.E Museum Ballarat
2012-2014 Multicultural Ambassador City of Ballarat

Collections
Ballarat Arts Foundation, Museum of Democracy at Eureka, private collections

Memberships
NAVA Premium Member
Board Member, Ballarat Arts Alive Inc
MAV Multicultural Arts Victoria
Alumna, Ballarat Arts Foundation
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Polish Art Foundation
East Gippsland Art Gallery

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