Ballarat International Foto Biennale – Opening weekend and prize announcements
Alane Fineman New Photography Award Announcement
Saturday 24 August, 3pm Find out who is the winner of the inaugural Alane Fineman New Photography Award. This award places the focus on photographic artists working throughout the Asia Pacific region, seeking to find those whose work is beginning to receive critical attention and deserves to be seen by international audiences. All applications are reviewed by an international jury of leading curators and gallery directors. Judges will award one cash prize of $10,000 to an overall winner, with an extra $1,000 being awarded the People’s Choice Award, as voted by the public.
The six finalists who will be exhibited within the 2019 core program are: Madeline Bishop (Australia), Grayson Cooke (Australia/NZ), Anton Gautama (Indonesia), Kehan Lai (China), Hyungjo Moon (South Korea), and Yichen Zhou (China).. . Saturday 24 August, 3pm Myer Basement, 301 Sturt St, Ballarat All welcome. Bookings not required.
Martin Kantor Portrait Prize Announcement
Sunday 25 August, 1pm
Join us as we present the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, made possible with generous support from the Dara Foundation. Named in honour of the late portrait photographer Martin Kantor, the $15,000 prize is awarded for an exceptional photographic artwork of a significant, living Australian in the fields of art, letters, science, sport or politics. The exhibition will showcase the winner and finalists — cast your vote for the people’s choice award. .
FINALISTS The finalists who will be exhibited as part of the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale are: Alison Bennett, Chris Budgeon, Jeff Busby, Kelly Champion, Alex Ellinghausen, Robert Earp, Sonia Esposito, Ponch Hawkes, Shara Henderson, Sophia Hewson, Glenn Hunt, Penelope Hunt, Katrin Koenning, Kellie Leczinska, Kirsten Lyttle, Ellie Meade, Mia Mala McDonald, Rod McNicol, Christopher Polack, Allison Rose, Sanjeev Singh, Rodney Stewart, Tristan Still, Tobias Titz, Thuy Vy and Steve Young. .
Sunday 25 August, 1pm A Hall, Ballarat Town Hall, 225 Sturt St, Ballarat All welcome. Bookings not required.
OPEN PROGRAM .24 August – 20 October Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s 2019 Open Program features over 60 exhibitions, taking over Ballarat’s traditional and non-traditional arts spaces. Artists will display their work in galleries, cafes, bars, streets, laneways and local businesses, turning the city into an immersive gallery experience. Featuring both established and emerging artists, the Open Program will invigorate the whole of Ballarat to come alive with art, with something to be seen around every street corner..
A newly devised judging program will name an overall winner form the Open Program for Best Exhibition, with the recipient taking home a prize of $2000. Additionally, the public will vote on their favourite show, with will receive a $500 People’s Choice Award...
So grab a map and start exploring – there’s something for art lovers around every corner. Some of the venues included in the Open Program are The Provincial; Sebastiaan’s Cafe and Bar, Uptown, Irish Murphys, The Lost Ones, The Healthy Hub, Red Peppa, Drive Cafe, Platypus Coworking and many of the CBD laneways in Ballarat.