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Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat

Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat Alfred Deakin Place in Ballarat usually features some great art exhibitions at the Backspace Gallery, break dancing, zine production, skateboard painting workshop. Backspace Gallery presents a public program of local exhibitions which showcase contemporary art, craft design and celebrate the arts in the region. < Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat

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Unicorns are real shortlisted to 2018 Art Prize

My “Unicorns are real” artwork has been shortlisted to 2018 Art Lovers Prize and exhibition at Left Bank Gallery, Southport, Queensland. It’s a great honour. Please help me win the Main Prize (6k) and win something for yourself too: vote for ‘Unicorns are real’ & Win the Art Lovers Australia – Subscriber Voting Prize- all…

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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 faces

Time to post all Ballarat faces from WeRYou mural project again. Ballarat has been changing fast, is more progressive and open, to everyone. It has attracted a whole bunch of vibrancy. What’s so special? People. And the history. Pre, during and after Gold rush. It has been inclusive. The word ‘Ballarat’ is derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal…

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Ballarat Murals

Back in 2013 artist Aldona Kmiec, Polish-born Ballarat Photographer and resident facilitated City of Ballarat We R You Ballarat Murals project – massive digital photo portraits of everyday Ballarat residents being pasted up in the graffiti hotspots across Ballarat. The City of Ballarat’s Arts and Culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on…

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A desk is a dangerous place

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world Coming back from Melbourne after a great weekend of eating and making pierogi with friends, I’m writing this while I sit on a VLine bus, less glam than the train, but train’s will be back operating from tomorrow. Catching up with friends.. lots of interesting conversations,…

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Artist Documentary: Sonia Macak

Meet Sonia Macak, Czech born photographer living just outside of Ballarat. In 2013 we spent a day together in her darkroom. Sadly, in 2016 Sonia’s property was much affected by fire but luckily no buildings were burnt down. In my film, Sonia reenacts the fascination with wet plate collodion photography, something quite magical in the era of post-photography, iPhones…

Graeme Innes AM portrait disability human rights campaigner, lawyer ALDONA KMIEC PHOTOGRAPHER

Graeme Innes AM portrait

 “We are not victims or heroes, but agents of our own destiny”  Graeme Innes This morning I had a great honour to take a portrait photograph of one of Australia’s well known lawyers and disability and human rights campaigners, Graeme Innes AM. Graeme is a chair of Attitude Foundation and his organisation is about changing attitudes towards people with disabilities.…

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Shermaine Heng: Breathe, Woman!

Artist-in-Residence, Shermaine Heng has worked with women from diverse cultural backgrounds in Ballarat throughout February and March 2015. Together they developed a 40 minute contemporary dance piece that reflects their unique stories and experiences. Women of all ages and backgrounds have contributed to the piece in many creative ways, through individual choreography, interviews and much…

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BAF Eureka Art Award

Eureka Art Award Winner I am very pleased to announce that I have just won the Ballarat Arts Foundation 2016 Eureka Art Prize for the artwork called “Balancing Act’. It features my (then pregnant) Polish friend Magda Kazmierczak. This year the judges were Melissa Griffin (BAF), Gordon Williamson (BAF) and Mark Guirguis (Ballarat surgeon, founder of GNAP…

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Pregnancy photo shoot

Conceptual portrait: pregnancy Last week I had a super special assignment: pregnancy photo shoot for a friend. Using battery powered strobe kit Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Head A+B Pro Set and my good old Canon 5DII, we worked to create highly atmospheric pregnancy portrait. The location was actually my home studio in Soldiers Hill, a few days before…