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Events, Festivals & Initiatives.

 

What’s going on in our creative city?

A little taste of the events, initiatives, activities and happenings in our creative city. We’re interested to hear from you if you’re running a creative event, workshop, activity or initiative. If you want to see your event here, fill in this form and we’ll review it.

 

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Rachel Grose and Catherine Ratcliffe: exhibition opening
Oct
10
to Oct 26

Rachel Grose and Catherine Ratcliffe: exhibition opening

  • Art Gallery of Ballarat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ballarat silversmith Rachel Grose has created a collection of silver jewellery featuring foraged little pieces of nature. Artist Catherine Ratcliffe has drawn from a residency at a farm on the former Narmbool pastoral run to reflect on the impact of white settlement on the land and lives of people.

OPENING
11 October 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm
Guest speaker: Kiri Smart
Music: Mick Trembath

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Compassionate Ballarat
Oct
20
to Oct 27

Compassionate Ballarat

In October this year, the City of Ballarat will sign the International Charter of Compassion and CB Steering Group is organising a Celebration of Compassion from October 20 to October 27, 2019.

This week long celebration of compassion includes a wonderful range of concerts, volunteer activities, children's compassion book clubs, exhibitions, films, free talks, tree planting and a host of other activities.

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Penance by Sarah Jarrold
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Penance by Sarah Jarrold

Who will protect the victims of those who hide behind the confessional? What is to be their penance? Are recitations of prayers and rosaries enough to cleanse their would of crimes against humanity?   Penance, by Sara Jarrold, will be presented as a staged reading for the first time in Ballarat by local theatre-makers.   

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A Concert for Compassion
Oct
27
6:30 PM18:30

A Concert for Compassion

Join Lior and Rick Chew for a world class concert from two opuses – one the Compassion Symphony and the other Stari Most.

These two poignant musical works offer you the pure voice of Lior, and an orchestra of 20, a choir of 40, and projected images that tell the story of the 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mosta.

Alex McEwen who created the image story board that accompanies the Stari Most composition is coming out from London specifically to oversee its viewing at this very special concert.

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance essentials for creatives
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance essentials for creatives

Finance essentials for artists with Tim Gay

29 October 2019, 6 pm–9 pm - FREE

What are the basics I need to know about finance in order to run my own arts business? Do I need an ABN? How do I charge for GST? What sort of business structure do I need in place so that I can work effectively as an artist? Free event but bookings essential.

Shown here, the work of Rachel Grose, Pearls for the Artful Duchess (2018), sterling silver and freshwater pearls

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Marketing Your Events - ATDW Sessions
Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

Marketing Your Events - ATDW Sessions

Come along to a session on how to list your event or activity on ATDW online to be listed on VisitBallarat.com.au.

ATDW is the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse and is a National online listing database for all events and activities happening anywhere in Australia.

The City of Ballarat use the listings from ATDW for the VisitBallarat website so we encourage you to list your event or activity.

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Events Marketing - Social Media for Events
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Events Marketing - Social Media for Events

Social media is a great tool for generating anticipation and excitement around your event.

It is also a great tool for educating your audiences about who you are and what you do, creating valuable engagement and ‘buy in’.

Who are the people and stories behind your event or activity? Social media has become an essential component of any event marketing plan, and it’s also quite cheap!

It's time to start connecting your audience to your story!

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Leonard Cohen: Songs & Poems
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Leonard Cohen: Songs & Poems

On the third anniversary of the passing of the great Leonard Cohen, Amie Brulee will be singing a selection of his songs and reading from his poetry at Craigs Royal Hotel. Free entry - pay what you feel for the music. This means the hat will go around at some point and you throw your cash in. You decide what it's worth - the same as a drink? two drinks? the whole bottle? It's up to you.

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Wandering Circus : Frolic Festival
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

Wandering Circus : Frolic Festival

Roll up, roll up – The Wandering Circus is coming to Ballarat Frolic Festival as part of their international tour! The Wandering Circus is an eclectic group of national and international performers here especially for Frolic. This impressive event is not to be missed. Door open from 8pm. Shows starts from 8:30pm.

Pre-sale tickets are $20. Tickets on the door will be $25. Note this is a licensed venue and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Show contains MA15+ themes.The George is a wheelchair accessible venue.

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Rainbow Storytime, Frolic Festival
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Rainbow Storytime, Frolic Festival

Join queer cabaret artist Sarah Ward, best known as her cabaret character Yana Alana, as she reads you her favourite children’s stories and sing’s songs celebrating diversity and difference as part of Ballarat’s Frolic Festival. You will dance, you will sing, you will listen and you can even join in. In the end we’ll write our own rainbow song together.

This event is suitable for children under 10 years accompanied by an adult.

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Events and Funding - Ballarat
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Events and Funding - Ballarat

The City of Ballarat and Regional Arts Victoria will present a session on accessing funding and provide a list of options for funding opportunities locally.

This session will also provide an outline of the Guidelines for the following City of Ballarat grant programs and provide time for questions and discussion:

- Tourism Event Grant program

- Community Impact Grant program

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EYE 2019
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

EYE 2019

Federation University Arts Academy End of Year Exhibition for the Visual Art, Communication Design, Graphic Design and Ceramics.

Opening night: Friday 15 November 6pm

Dates: 16 - 24 November, open daily 10am - 3pm

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Spring in the Park
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Spring in the Park

  • Victoria Park Ballarat Central Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is proud to present an exciting new event this November in Ballarat... SPRING IN THE PARK! Save the date, because this will be an event for everyone. We have food trucks, market stalls, amusements, as well as an exciting line up of artists (which we will be announcing soon ... stay tuned).
This is a FREE event for those of all ages.

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Words Out Load Ballarat
Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

Words Out Load Ballarat

Words Out Loud marks its last event of the year with the theme of "the dry season" on Thursday November 21.

Wordsmiths are invited to explore the theme or simply ignore it altogether.

This is a great opportunity to road test new material, celebrate a success or share some inspiration, or simply enjoy a diverse range of spoken word — poetry, prose or storytelling; read or recited; your own work or someone else’s. Performances are limited to 5 minutes each. Sign up on the night.

Held at the Printers Room at the corner of Mair and Lydiard streets, Ballarat, a welcoming stair-free space with full restaurant menu and bar available, as well as dinner special each month – enter from Mair St. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, ending about 9pm.

Free, with gold coin donation appreciated.

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance for not-for-profit boards
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance for not-for-profit boards

Financial reporting for Not-for-Profit boards with Tim Gay

26 November 2019, 6 pm–9 pm

FREE EVENT

Members of volunteer not‐for‐profit communities have a responsibility to understand the financial position of their organisation. Learn to read the financial reports your Treasurer produces every month for your meeting and understand what questions you need to ask in order to get a clear picture. Find out what reports you need to produce every month for your meeting. Free event but bookings essential.

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Fringe Benefits
Nov
29
12:00 PM12:00

Fringe Benefits

A complementary music, art and performance festival to the city’s largest inaugural music festival, Spilt Milk. The city is set to come alive on the 29th November with hours of music, dance, play and performance for visitors and locals alike. With more than 30 venues activated and in excess of 50 different performers, artists and musicians engaged – the majority from the city and surrounds – the first Fringe Benefits festival is setting loose the performance energy of the city.

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Christmas Carol
Nov
30
to Dec 7

Christmas Carol

So the season of goodwill is upon us and everyone is feeling the Spirit of Christmas. Except that’s not quite true. Some of us are greedy and grumpy and not filled with good will. What does it take to change a heart? For Scrooge, it is an encounter with the truth – his own truth. This play is a celebration of  Dickens’ rich story telling as well as celebration of the goodness of people, and the power of truth. In a world of fake news and bullies, there is a message for all of us.

Dates 30th November till December 7 at 8pm with matinees at 2pm on the 1st & 7th December

Bookings at hermaj.com

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Weston Bate Memorial Lecture: Sovereign Hill
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

Weston Bate Memorial Lecture: Sovereign Hill

A FREE EVENT PRESENTED BY DR SARAH HAYES
Dr Hayes is an archaeologist exploring life in Victorian cities through the study of discarded possessions, building remains and personal histories. She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia.

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Marketing your Events - Get your Event Listed on VisitBallarat.co..au
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Marketing your Events - Get your Event Listed on VisitBallarat.co..au

Come along to a session on how to list your event or activity on ATDW online to be listed on VisitBallarat.com.au.

ATDW is the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse and is a National online listing database for all events and activities happening anywhere in Australia.The City of Ballarat use the listings from ATDW for the VisitBallarat website so we encourage you to list your event or activity.

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Art & Design Exhibition
Oct
14
6:00 PM18:00

Art & Design Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the efforts of our Year 12 students at our annual exhibition, featuring final pieces from students in Media, Product Design & Technology, Visual Communication Design, Art, and Studio Arts. Opening night will feature a catwalk of fashion, nibbles and awards and will take place between 6 – 8pm on the 14th of October.

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Blacksmith Workshop
Oct
8
9:00 AM09:00

Blacksmith Workshop

Ever wanted to learn to build tools, forge metal and use an anvil? Join our talented blacksmiths as they take you through some of the basics of blacksmithing and give you a glimpse into life as a blacksmith on the Ballarat goldfields.

Participants must be over 16 years.

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Fed Uni Season 2 - Heathers
Oct
3
to Oct 12

Fed Uni Season 2 - Heathers

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass - but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

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Euripides' Medea
Sep
28
to Oct 5

Euripides' Medea

Ballarat National Theatre continues to offer the very best in contemporary community theatre. BNT are staging a very modern telling of this Greek classic complete with live music and a very unique and colourful set.

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Intro to the City of Ballarat Events Team
Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Intro to the City of Ballarat Events Team

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES

Introduction to the CoB Events team

Are you wanting to organise an event but don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide an overview of the event management process and provide you with the tools and resources to get you started. Free event but bookings essential.

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Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The Women of Versailles)
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The Women of Versailles)

Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The  Women of Versailles)

Friday 20 September from 8.00pm

Discover the secrets and conquests of the extraordinary women of the French court with JS Bach’s French Suite on the grand piano. Tickets $25/$15 for children under 14 from www.trybooking/BEUWU

Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

117-119 Sturt St, Ballarat

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What is Design Thinking? Masterclass
Sep
20
9:30 AM09:30

What is Design Thinking? Masterclass

Rounding off his series of sessions for StartUp Ballarat, local design veteran Paul Blake will show how design-led innovation can transform your business.

Combining a review of previous session highlights with some new tips and tricks, Paul will discuss:

- What design thinking is, who is using it, and why it works

- Setting a vision and strategy for your business

- How understanding your customers will help your bottom line

- Low-cost and low-risk ways of evaluating new products and services

This FREE session will include several hands-on exercises demonstrating some simple techniques for you to take away. We will even provide you with lunch!

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Fed Uni Season 2 - The Northern Lass
Sep
18
to Sep 22

Fed Uni Season 2 - The Northern Lass

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

The Northern Lass by Richard Brome, a play written and first staged in 1638, is a boisterous comedy with music that focuses on the wooing and marriage of four women: Mistress Fitchow, a rich and domineering widow; Constance, the innocent Northern Lass of the title, freshly arrived in the city; Trainwell, who acts as her governess ;and Camitha Holdup, a cunning courtesan who impersonates the Northern Lass. They are wooed by Triedwell, Squelch, Nonsense, Widgeon and Luckless… as these names suggest, there is a little gentle satire about love, and more confusion here than an episode of MAFS!

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Mooncake Festival
Sep
14
2:30 PM14:30

Mooncake Festival

Bring family and friends along to create your own beautiful lantern in this year's Mooncake Festival at this fun lantern-making workshop suitable for both audlt and kids. Use your creativity and imagination, make lanterns from various materials. Light up your lantern at night and enjoy Chinese cultural performances organized by Australian Chinese Cultural Society of Ballarat.

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MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…
Sep
11
to Oct 6

MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…

MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…

19 September–6 October 2019

Mary van den Broek is a sculptor, working metal and other natural materials while Margaret Delahunty Spencer is a painter who creates abstract works on linen. Both are mindful of the words of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncusi: ‘the moment you are no longer a child you are already dead’.

For this collaborative exhibition, they draw inspiration from a bee hive and the comings and goings and daily rituals of its inhabitants, using different mediums to create fresh new work that speaks of both the significance and the insignificance of our place in the world and the universe.

OPENING
20 September 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm

Image: Mary van den Broek, Between Resting 2019 (detail) mild recycled steel in front of Margaret Delahunty Spencer, Domesticity 2019 (detail) oil, acrylic and charcoal. © the artists

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Fed Uni Season 2 - The Comedy of Errors
Sep
11
to Sep 15

Fed Uni Season 2 - The Comedy of Errors

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

Third Year Acting Company

The Comedy of Errors 

By William Shakespeare

Directed by James Prat

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Cultural Enquiry Research Group Seminar
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Cultural Enquiry Research Group Seminar

  • Federation University (SMB Campus) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gregory Marks' seminar paper, entitled 'The Aesthetics of the Posthuman Gothic'. Drinks and nibbles are provided. The venue is room C001, (Old Chemistry Building), SMB Campus in Ballarat's CBD. It is marked as Building C in the legend of the campus map: https://federation.edu.au/about-us/our-campuses/smb-campus

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Q & A with Ray Martin
Sep
1
1:00 PM13:00

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Q & A with Ray Martin

BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE

Q&A WITH RAY MARTIN

Join one of the most respected and influential journalists of our time as he discusses how the camera creates a new horizon for his own story telling. This is a chance to talk cameras, creativity and culture with Ray Martin.

Sunday 1 September

Free entry. Bookings essential 

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Repair Cafe
Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

Repair Cafe

The Ballarat Repair cafe is now open for business - hooray! Bring your broken, your stuck, your wobbly, and the team will do their best to get them back into operation again. All work is done for free by skilled volunteers offering 'best effort' repairs, but no work is guaranteed. Cash donations invited.

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Digital Innovation Street Party
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Digital Innovation Street Party

The Ballarat Central Innovation precinct DIF Street Party is an opportunity for the community too experience technology and innovation across the education, industry and community settings.
Come see how you can make a DIF, from emerging technologies to tomorrow's jobs building digital skills, creatives and change makers.

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Spring art soiree for BAA members
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Spring art soiree for BAA members

Celebrate the coming of Spring and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale at the BAA August Soiree at The Printer's Room, underneath Sebastiaan's. The BAA have some talented local artist/photographers presenting short talks on their work in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Check out their pages on the Foto biennale website: Pitcha Makin Fellas, Erin M McCuskey, Lynden Nicholls, Marg Dobson, Ian Kemp, Kim Percy, & Rhonda Baum

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Talking History @ Ballarat
Aug
27
1:00 AM01:00

Talking History @ Ballarat

Eureka Centre is excited to announce the launch of Talking History @ Eureka, an initiative to explore significant new research into the history of the Ballarat region, with a special focus on the colonial period.

Presented on the first Tuesday of each month, these talks will present new perspectives on Ballarat and Goldfields history with a special focus on the events and legacy of the Eureka Stockade. Speakers will include academics, writers, independent researchers and people from diverse fields who are engaged in exploring and reimagining Ballarat’s past.

Join us at the Eureka Centre on the first Tuesday of each month at 5.30pm to hear guest speakers bringing our history to life. Entry is free and no booking is required.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Vernissage
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Vernissage

Come celebrate the opening of the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale at the Ballarat Mining Exchange. To launch our festival program in style, we’re hosting a celebration within the exhibition Who are these strangers and where are they going? Curated by Djon Mundine OAM, this mid-career showcase of Dr Fiona Foley’s key works spans her celebrated 30-year art-making practice.

The show features her signature interactive, site-specific artworks in addition to premiering a new digital piece. Get a taste of what awaits you over the course of the festival, as this public event opens the Core Program, the Outdoor Program and the Open Program of BIFB 2019

All welcome. Bookings not required.

For all exhibitions and events visit ballaratfoto.org

Image credit: Fiona Foley, Oyster Fisherman 1, 2011

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Fiona Foley(Australia)
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Fiona Foley(Australia)

To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019, BIFB is proud to present Badtjala artist Dr Fiona Foley’s solo exhibition Who are these strangers and where are they going? This exhibition showcases key works from Foley’s internationally celebrated 30-year career in interactive and site-specific installations, alongside unveiling, in an Australian first, an important musical soundscape to mark this momentous occasion.

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Ballarat International Foto Festival: Central Goldfields Water: Waterworks
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Festival: Central Goldfields Water: Waterworks

  • 12 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Curator Cash Brown
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents WATERWORKS, a unique exhibition of photographs, objects and ephemera from the Central Highlands Water archives. For the first time, visitors can delve into the expansive archives through photographic essays and fascinating stories spanning over 150 years of supplying our most precious resource, water.

With a strong focus on ingenuity and sustainability, and the people who make it happen, WATERWORKS will stimulate and educate people from all walks of life. Curator Cash Brown says, “Visitors can expect a sea of images, hidden for decades, exposing the unseen past and illuminating the extraordinary and often invisible achievements of this remarkable organisation from the early gold rush era until the 21st century.”

OPENING TIMES
10am – 5pm
7 days a week

FREE ENTRY

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
Central Highlands Water

Image credit: Ballarat Water Board employees, copyright The Courier 1989

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Centre for National Photography
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Centre for National Photography

  • Centre for National Photography (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2019 Biennale will be the first to feature the new National Centre for Photography, an exciting, permanent arts space developed for the community by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The NCFP is Australia’s only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts, with a strong focus on providing ample creative opportunities through educational programs and skills development. During the 2019 Biennale, the NCFP will host important artists including Laia Abril (Spain), Matthieu Asselin (France), Robbie Rowlands and renowned curator Naomi Cass. Be sure to visit the National Centre For Photography to experience the robust arts environment it fosters and nurtures.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: To the Moon and Back
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: To the Moon and Back

  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in the heritage-listed Ballarat Observatory. A diverse group of international artists bring their individual voices to a contemporary exploration of the continuing relevance of the historic 1969 lunar landing and its lasting photographic legacy.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Liu Bolin (China)
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Liu Bolin (China)

  • Art Gallery of Ballarat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

This exhibition is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

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