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Aldona Kmiec [pronounced Kmyehch] is a Polish-born Australian artist living and working between Ballarat and East Gippsland. Her passion stems from her migration story, she has lived, worked and studied in three different countries. Award-winning photographer, Aldona is passionate about activating regional communities through artistic excellence and culturally diverse projects. Experiencing with immersive photography and installation art, her practice aims to prompt questions about the cultural and social prejudices and the perceived ‘otherness of the other’. 

Multicultural Ambassador of Ballarat (2012-2014), facilitator of large scale Ballarat photographic murals and recent photo-sound installation at the former Ballarat Convent In the Process of Healing – her art projects tell stories of survival and adversity. Aldona is currently undertaking a Gippsland Community Leadership Program and is a recipient of AGL Loy Yang Diversity ScholarshipRead her full bio here

In the Media/Press 

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

The Design Files  |  Better Homes & Gardens TV  |  The Miner  |  SBS Polish Radio  |  ABC Radio  |  Gravity Wave  |  The Ballarat Courier  |   The Australian Review  |   ArtGuide.Com.Au |  The Ballarat Courier  |  Canberra Times  |  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 | Museum of Democracy at Eureka

Education & Professional Development
2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program (current)
2014 Ballarat Leadership Program LBWR
2011 NEIS Cert IV in Small Business Management, Australia
2006-08 HND 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 (Forthcoming)
2013 Under the Floorboards Artist Residency

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Cultural Diversity Week outdoor street art display | Bairnsdale Library 
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 | Brisbane, QLD (Forthcoming)
2018 Rat Gallery | Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat VIC (Forthcoming)
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, Bairnsdale Library
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 “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

NAVA Premium Member
Copyright Agency Member
Ballarat Arts Alive Inc
Multicultural Arts Victoria
Ballarat Arts Foundation Alumna
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Polish Art Foundation
East Gippsland Art Gallery
Soldiers Hill Artist Collective
Friends of Rotary Club



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