The Ballarat International Foto Biennale was founded in 2005 and attracts significant International and Australian photographers as one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. It is a not-for-profit event with DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) and TCC (Tax Concession Charity) status, that immerses the historic town of Ballarat in photographic art.
The Core Program exhibits at the beautiful Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Mining Exchange, the Minerva Room, The Observatory, Post Office Gallery and the Town Hall. The Fringe Program is staged at more than 80 cafes, galleries and wine bars across Ballarat, providing the launch pad for hundreds of new and emerging artists.
The Biennale, not only serves the community, but also plays a vital role in cultivating it, engaging audiences with creative and courageous programming. The 2017 program, features special events across all five weekends, presenting the world on our doorstep – including an exhibition of works by iconic world-renowned photographer David LaChapelle – “a real coup for Ballarat as the first and only venue in Australia to host this significant survey show” says Festival Director Fiona Sweet.
In its eleven year history, the Foto biennale has attracted more than 150,000 visitors to Ballarat and was honoured at the Ballarat 2016 Australia Day Awards as the Community Activity of the Year. The vision for this year’s Biennale raises the bar, with more events and chances for audiences to engage with the photographic image in all its forms – from established to amateur.
The 2017 program, with special events planned for all five weekends, is expected to attract an attendance of over 50,000 people. “We encourage visitors to plan their stay early, stay long enough to stroll Ballarat’s charming streets and engage deeply with the photographic image” says Fiona Sweet. Fiona continued: “We will present the world on our doorstep – celebrating and creating a shared, exciting perspective of how we see our surrounds, our community and ourselves.
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is not only a festival to please photographic enthusiasts, but will appeal to the wider community. It provides the opportunity for visitors and locals alike to immerse themselves in all that this magnificent historic city has in abundance.
The 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale will be held from 19th August to 17 September, 2017. For more information, visit the website http://ballaratfoto.org