Gippsland Street Art Bairnsdale All of Us Bairnsdale East Gippsland paste up

Gippsland Street Art

East Gippsland cultural diversity in an art project All of Us – Gippsland Street Art in Bairnsdale With Big Thanks to East Gippsland Shire Council Andrea, Mark, our printer Cathleen and local participants! Enjoy! Hope local schools will pick up this idea. All of Us Posters, Bairnsdale

Who Made Ballarat Heritage Weekend Exhibition Aldona Kmiec Photography

Remembrance Day

Roman & Teresa Skrypko set up the Polish Seniors Club and have been heavily involved in promoting Polish culture to Ballarat community and beyond. Roman is also a keen photographer and took his German camera on the ship to Australia back in 1949. Seeing his obvious talent in these documentary photos depicting a daily life…

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Meire De Mello:: Close your eyes and dance

by Aldona Kmiec Professional Photography Meire De Mello in Carmen Miranda outfit Meire De Mello is an inspiration. A skilled migrant she has lived in Ballarat for over two years and now works helping refugees. She is also a President of H.O.L.A. Home of Latin Association in Ballarat and if that is not enough, she runs Zumba classes…

Barriers to acceptance the diverse cultures in Australia

Barriers to acceptance

Barriers to acceptance If you were forced to leave your homeland suddenly, what five things would you take with you? On Sunday June 23rd I was part of the unique event with 150 audience – The Five Things Project organised by CMY Centre for Multicultural Youth held at the M.A.D.E Museum in Ballarat. For two…

We R You ABC Radio with Lily Partland | Aldona Kmiec participants

We R You ABC Radio Ballarat

ABC Ballarat Lily Partland interviewed participants of We R You faces Ballarat public art project. Great stories from great people – thank you again for your participation, energy and sharing your beautiful stories. The City of Ballarat’s arts and culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on an inclusive public art…

The Art of Henna :: Priti Mehta

Commissioned work for Central Highland Arts Atlas   For My Australia Photo Exhibition at the Backspace Gallery from March 28th – April 14th 2013 Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat I set up a temporary Open Photographic Studio and invited the public to come in to be photographed by me or themselves using a camera remote control. My latest article features…

Maori-English-Croatian :: Shiree Pilkinton

Commissioned work for Central Highland Arts Atlas A friend of Shiree Pilkinton’s recently said “so you’re Maori-English-Croatian, you speak French and you live in Australia….how did that happen?” Not surprisingly, she is often asked this.  It does seem like an unusual mix, but as Shiree points out, there were a lot of Maori-Croatian intermarriages back…

Vickers Park Sebastopol Public Toilets

We R You new sites

We R You  – New sites & community ideas call Most of you have by now seen the We R You project paste ups on Blockbuster Building corner Camp/Mair Streets… Guess what? We have a couple of new permissions for public artwork in new visible sites!! Exciting isn’t it? Last week me & Deborah went…

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Multicultural faces

‘My Australia, My Journey’ photography project exhibition Opening Night Backspace Gallery Huyghue House, Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat. Exhibition runs until April 14th, open Thu-Sun 12-4pm “My Australia is one outcome of Aldona Kmiec’s ongoing inquiry into the nature and meaning of ‘multiculturalism’ in contemporary Australian society. Working with local culturally diverse communities, Aldona creates images that…

We R You Faces of harmony fest ballarat

We R You and Harmony Fest Ballarat

All of us… …was the theme for the 3rd Harmony Fest Ballarat held yesterday in Camp Street. Organised by the City of Ballarat Harmony Fest event featured a great synergy of music, dance, food and diversity of cultures bringing  5000 visitors for five hours of events. Food included Thai, Africa, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, Italian, French…