The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a multi-tiered, month long festival of photography staged across multiple venues throughout the City of Ballarat and surrounds.
We aim to bring the strongest and most invigorating lineup of Australian and international photography in our marquee program.Participation in the prestigious Core program is by invitation only. The core exhibition program is staged at our major prestige venues located primarily within the City of Ballarat Arts and Heritage precinct. These venues include the Ballarat Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Post Office Gallery, the Ballarat Trades Hall, Gallery B1, the Ballarat Town Hall, St Patrick’s Community Hall. Core venues are open every day of the festival and all are free entry
Call for entry for the BIFB’13 Fringe will open early in 2013. The fringe exhibition program is open entry and operates with minimal control by the BIFB management. The Fringe operates at various venues, including cafes, restaurants, commercial galleries, community and retail spaces, in fact anywhere that the opportunity arises to stage a photographic exhibition. Participation in the fringe is via an agreement between the artist and venue, and the payment of a registration fee to be included in the official program. Operating times of fringe shows vary from venue to venue, and may not be available for viewing every day of the festival.
As well as a special dedicated program of events for schools, a range of seminars, masterclasses and workshops on various aspects of photographic art and craft will be offered at BIFB’13. The program will include workshops which will cover topics, both technical and aesthetic, suitable to range of skill sets from beginners through to advanced practitioners. The workshops will generally be one day events, with participant numbers limited so that everyone has a chance for one on one instruction and feedback from some highly qualified and respected presenters. We invite presenters with suitable credentials who are interested in staging workshops at BIFB’13 to contact the BIFB office to discuss.
A jam packed program of special events are scheduled for BIFB’13. Including preview functions, portfolio reviews, artist floor talks, public art installations, a camera market, prizes, exhibition launches and social functions. Each week of the festival will be a special raft of events themed to a special interest group, including photographic education, commercial photography, analogue photography and lomography.