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Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize

Who is Looking at You Portrait Prize In it’s fifth year, the Who is Looking at You? 2018 Portrait Prize offers audiences a broad cross section of portraiture.  With the competition open to most mediums, the resulting exhibition offers a unique view at what could be considered a portrait. My portrait of a family titled “Invisible Lives‘…

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Contemporary Art Awards Finalist

I’m very pleased to announce that my photographic and sculptural work from In the Process of Healing exhibition has been chosen for the final of Contemporary Art Awards in Australia. In the Process of Healing is an immersive installation of photography, sound and space. It tells a story of hope and survival of a local refugee family, exhibited…

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Featured on Airbnb: Fear of Flying story

Airbnb Based On A True Review For all who love sharing your homes to strangers…Wow, it is worth facing your fears! Few months ago I took part in an international writing contest by an online hospitality service Airbnb and wrote a short story about my first ever hosting experience on Airbnb. My very first guest was…

Ballarat artist Photographer Aldona Kmiec's exhibition reflects on trauma and healing

Healing with photos

Ballarat artist Aldona Kmiec’s exhibition reflects on trauma and healing (click to read) Photographer Aldona Kmiec’s exhibition reflects on trauma and healing Michelle Smith 9 Aug 2017, 5:30 p.m. Healing after trauma and distress is a long and often arduous path but life can begin anew and photographer Aldona Kmiec has created a striking exhibition…

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In the Process of Healing exhibition

In The Process of Healing is a site-specific immersive installation of photography, sound and space which attempts to remove the stigma around trauma and normalise conversations that are difficult. ‘In the Process of Healing’ tells a story of hope and survival. Responding to the stories of institutional abuse and high rates of suicide, I have…

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Dreamscapes are Aldona Kmiec’s new and ongoing photographic series. Aldona’s use of photography brings the viewer a unique perspective of the Australian landscape and explores her interest in the feminine psyche. Limited edition photographs of staged performances with romantic scenes of local art heroes emerging from an ever-changing landscape are part of the Dreamscapes series. Elusive unicorn in a…

Raymond Island Photo Walk Art Classes Bairnsdale Aldona Kmiec

Art Classes Bairnsdale

Raymond Island Photo Walk is a concept photography class run by local artist Aldona Kmiec, showcasing unique Raymond Island habitat and bringing attention to endangered wildlife on the island. Aldona hopes to establish regular art classes in Bairnsdale area, if you’re interested in teaming up, please get in touch. Raymond Island Photo Walk  

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Gippslandia Magazine

Me and a brilliant Paynesville-based writer Mim Cook have recently taken the latest issue for a long and adventurous ride, so look out for the story in Issue nr 6 of Gippslandia Magazine, a free quarterly publication in newspaper format about the Latrobe Valley & Gippsland.

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Gippsland Leadership Program

I’m very excited to have been selected for 2018 Gippsland Leadership Program – Australia’s longest running Community Leadership Program. Stay tuned for more updates in the next 10 months. I look forward to discovering the Gippsland region, challenge accepted!

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The view from the East

East and West, or in between, these words succinctly describe me in one sentence. I was born in the communism era of late seventies Poland. It was tough. Growing up, I noticed that people around me have always desired change, yet often did not act on their instinct. Many simply didn’t have the means to…

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Ballarat Civic Hall study

The neglected and controversial Ballarat Civic Hall site sits empty in January 2018 before it undergoes an $8 million refurbishment to return the building to its former glory. These are probably last photographs of this building intact. As a long term Ballarat resident, I find an immense joy in mapping out and photographing the city…

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Ballarat Tree Change story

Last week I had a visitor – a local Instagrammer and a garden loving writer and publisher of Lovely Homes Ballarat. Wallis has written a great Ballarat tree change story about our humble Ballarat home and I’m super proud to share it with you. Click the image to take you to the article on Lovely Homes Ballarat website…

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Ultra Moon

Ultra moon has stopped me on the way home last night, it was late and the moon was high. It was kind of extreme and excessive immense and exceptional usual yet extraordinary  remarkably bright  uncommonly beautiful  ultra ‘beyond’ everything I’ve ever known