About Aldona Kmiec Polish Wedding Photographer Ballarat East Gippsland Artist

Aldona Kmiec is a visual artist born in Poland, now based between Ballarat and East Gippsland. Aldona completed Photography studies at London Metropolitan University and migrated to Australia in 2009. In 2012-14 Aldona was a Multicultural Ambassador of Ballarat and facilitated a number of arts projects including iconic photographic murals We R You, My Australia My Journey and Dreamscapes.

Led by curiosity to experience different cultures, she travels constantly and engages in projects related with art, design and visual experimentation.

“Living near nomadic life over the last 20 years, photography has become my constant companion documenting the lives of others around me. Bridging the two cultures, I find the Australian landscape and identity in strong juxtaposition to my Polish upbringing. The visual language I use in my photographic work aims to bring more understanding and social dialog about the perceived ‘otherness of the other’ or challenge the mentality that those who are different from us are problematic.”

Winner of two Eureka Art Prizes, Finalist of The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize and Bowness Photography Prize, Aldona has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in and out of Australia. Her work has been featured on The Design FilesBetter Homes & Gardens Australian Country Magazine.

 

Awards 

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 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

Selected exhibitions & residencies

2016 Group Exhibition Eureka Art Award | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2016 Group Exhibition Impressions Polish Arts Foundation | Victorian Artists Society Gallery Melbourne
2016 Group Exhibition Linden Postcard Show | Linden New Art Gallery Melbourne
2016 Group Exhibition Self Portraits to Selfies | The Lost Ones Gallery Ballarat
2015 Group Exhibition PolArt Festival | Steps Gallery, Carlton 
2015 Group Exhibition Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery St Kilda
2015 Solo Exhibition Dreamscapes Ballarat International Foto Biennale
2014 Group Exhibition Eureka Art Prize Finalists | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2014 Group Exhibition Bowness Photography Prize Finalists | MGA Gallery Melbourne
2014 Group Exhibition Head On Finalists | Paddington Reservoir Gallery Sydney
2013 Group Exhibition Under the Floorboards | Art Gallery Ballarat
2013 Solo Exhibition Australia, a New Chapter | Ballarat Foto Biennale 
2013 Solo Exhibition My Australia | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2012 Group Exhibition POL-ART Festival | Perth
2011 Group Exhibition Lost in Translation – Collaboration with Casey Tosh 
2011 Group Exhibition AOP Open Awards Finalists | Truman Brewery London
2011 Solo Exhibition Transient | Ballarat Foto Biennale 

Books

2015 Dreamscapes (hardcover)
2014 We R You (hardcover)
2011 Transient (hardcover)

Talks, Public Involvement

2016 Guest Speaker | Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast 
2015 Renata Dąbrowska, Paweł Roman i Aldona Kmieć, Galeria Odwach, Czestochowa Poland
2014 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

Online Press

The Design Files interview
Better Homes & Gardens TV feature
Australian Country Magazine Artist-in-residence
ABC Radio Ballarat interview
The Ballarat Courier interview
BIFB, Discussions on Photography 
Under the Floorboards Uniting Care Artist Residency
Australian Photography Magazine
Polish Radio ‘Czestochowskie24.pl  interview