The Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s Education Programs provide exciting opportunities for students of all ages, with activities and resources that extend teaching and learning beyond the festival and into the classroom.

Showcasing our commitment to photography as a powerful education tool, the BIFB Education Team partners with expert educators and acclaimed artists to deliver curriculum-aligned teaching and learning possibilities that extend beyond the medium and into visual art, art history and theory, art curatorship and industry, media, history, politics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, culture and history. 

Online Education Programs

We have a range of online Education Programs available now to support school-based and remote learning. Developed by experienced educators and artists, and inspired by our past and present festivals, BIFB Education online programs provide engaging and accessible video and text resources to teachers and students for fun, hands-on and curriculum-based photography units and lessons.

Our free online programs include Mass Isolation with Jesse Marlow (Secondary), Undercurrent with Peta Clancy (VCE Studio Art and Senior Art and Photography), and My Martin Kantor Portrait (Primary and Secondary). For more information, visit the links below.

Our newest program Linda McCartney Retrospective Online brings our 2021 Biennale headline exhibition to you. Inspired by Linda McCartney’s incredible photographic career, this program includes eight ready-made lessons to get students responding to and practicing photography while undertaking remote learning. Additionally, signing up to this program includes a discount for an in-person visit to our headline exhibition in Ballarat. For more information, visit the link below.

As always, please get in touch with any questions or queries by emailing us at education@ballaratfoto.org. We would love to talk to you about our current and upcoming programs.

Festival Education Programs

While in-person education visits are currently on hold, stay tuned for further announcements as restrictions ease across Victoria. As the Biennale has now been extended until 9 January 2022, we are looking forward to the possibility of having the Linda McCartney: Retrospective and several 2021 Biennale Core Program exhibitions open to education visits toward the end of Term 4. Bookings for education groups visiting Linda McCartney: Retrospective include free access to our informative education resource for the exhibition.

The Biennale is thrilled to present the headline exhibition Linda McCartney: Retrospective, an Australian-first look back at the career of the world-famous photographer, there is also a range of unique, educator and artist-led, curriculum-focused, skills-based, and fun educational programs for primary, secondary and tertiary students. Highlights include Candidly Capturing Now, an artist-led street photography workshop inspired by Linda McCartney’s work and Sun Prints, which introduces primary students to the role of light in analogue cyanotype photography.

Bookings and enquiries, please email education@ballaratfoto.org