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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Ballarat International Foto
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011 (BIFB’11) is a month long
festival of photography staged across multiple venues throughout Ballarat
The 2011 event, which will run from 20 August to 18 September, is attracting
an international reputation as an innovative photographic festival that
successfully melds professional photography with local creativity and
The core exhibition program is located primarily within Ballarat’s Art and
Heritage precinct, at venues including the Mining Exchange, Art Gallery of
Ballarat, Post Office Gallery, Trades Hall, Gallery B1, Town Hall and St Patrick’s
Community Hall. Core venues are open every day throughout the Festival
and entry is free.
A number of special photographic events are also planned for BIFB’11,
including a special program for schools, portfolio reviews, a camera market, a
photographic book show, a fine print fundraiser auction, historical exhibition
and much more.
As with previous years, the Foto Biennale is also running a fringe exhibition
program that is open to businesses and community artists. Local businesses
are invited and encouraged to host an artist’s work and show their support
by being part of the Festival. Participation in the fringe is via an agreement
between the artist and venue, and the operating times of fringe shows vary
from venue to venue, and may not be available for viewing ever y day of
A range of workshops on various aspects of photographic art and craft will
be offered as will a rolling program of daily audio visual presentations in
the Manuscript Gallery at the Art Gallery.
A highlight will be an exhibition titled ‘Now and When’, of large 3D projection
screens, featuring amazing imagery by master Australian architecture
photographer John Gollings. An undoubted hit at the 2010 Venice
Architecture Biennale, ‘Now and When - Australian Urbanism’ attracted
over 93,000 visitors. ‘Now and When’ will be on show at the Art Gallery
from 20 August to 18 September.
For more information on the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2011
Modern Masters at the Art
Gallery of Ballarat
Thanks to a partnership with NAB, the Art Galler y of Ballarat is preparing to
host a high-profile touring exhibition of works by prominent 20th century
Australian Modernist artists from the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sponsored by NAB as well as the Ballarat Courier, Accor Hotels and VLine,
the Modernists Masterpieces exhibition includes a selection of 50 key works
from the Art Galler y of NSW 20th Century collection and comes about
because of a refurbishment of the Sydney institution.
Due to the refurbishment, the 50 key works, which are normally on permanent
display, are now available for touring. In partnership with NAB, the Art Gallery
of Ballarat has been able to secure the exhibition for an eight week period
from Wednesday 5 October until Sunday 27 November.
Ballarat’s Art Galler y and the Newcastle Region Art Galler y are the only two
galleries to be offered this opportunity.
The exhibition includes paintings from the dawn of the modernist movement
to the late 1970s, and includes pieces from Margaret Preston, William Dobell,
Margaret Olley, Russell Dr ysdale, Donald Friend, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Boyd,
Sid Nolan, John Brack, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley amongst others.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is the only Victorian regional gallery with a collection
of Australian art of sufficient depth and quality to enhance the collection
from the Art Galler y of NSW. The show is a natural extension of the review
of Australian art on permanent display in the Gallery.
Entry to the exhibition will be $12 for adults and $8 for those with a
concession card. Children will receive free entry. For more information on
the exhibition visit www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au
Above: William Dobell, Margaret Olley 1948. Oil on hardboard. Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Purchased 1949 (c) Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Below: The Ballarat Foto Biennale held in Ballarat in 2009 attracted huge
numbers. Photo courtesy of Tim Burde
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