The Board of Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to announce the appointment of Fiona Sweet as its new Creative Director.

Sweet is a lifelong advocate for the arts and former head of Sweet Creative, a Melbourne-based design agency that has worked with many of Victoria’s leading arts organisations. Sweet has also served on the boards of the Melbourne Fringe, Chamber Made Opera and Australian Graphic Design Association.

“Our organisation is happy to have found a leader who has what it takes to guide us during our exciting next phase of growth,” said BIFB Chair, Phil Harrington. “Fiona possesses the passion and vision necessary for allowing our community to continue to engage with the best photographic arts from here and around the globe.”

Sweet says she “looks forward to building upon the past success of the Biennale in 2017, while shaping the event into an ever-changing experience for both participants and patrons.”

The BIFB is supported the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism, who recognise the important role the festival plays in its contribution to building the social fabric of Ballarat, the opportunities it provides for community involvement in the arts and its huge economic impact for Ballarat.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
August 19 – September 17 2017

For more information: Fiona Brook at Zilla & Brook Publicity: 0407 900 840 / 03 9690-7000


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) is a month-long festival of contemporary Australian and international photography.

Held every two years in the beautiful and historic city of Ballarat, the BIFB presents two major exhibition programs. The BIFB Core Program is a curated exhibition of 20 leading photographic artists, while the BIFB Fringe Program is an open-entry presentation by more than 200 artists. Our exhibitions are staged in more than 80 venues across Ballarat, including historic buildings, cafes, galleries, and public spaces.

The BIFB continues to grow,  contributing over $1.4m to the local community. So far, over 150,000 photography lovers have attended our exhibitions, workshops and events.

Exhibitions are complemented by an extensive program for photographers of all levels. This includes an integrated program of workshops, seminars, audio-visual projections, master classes, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and photographic competitions.


We aim to educate, inspire, provoke and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.

Our goal is to promote photography in all its forms both through the staging of a biennial festival in Ballarat along with a range of other initiatives which profile photography to the broadest possible audience.