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. 

In 2020, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presented our first online education program: Mass Isolation with renowned street photographer Jesse Marlow, supported by the Besen Family Foundation. After the success of this remote learning resource, reaching more than 1,300 secondary students across the country, the BIFB Education Team are committed to providing teachers and students all over Australia with more engaging, informative and accessible learning resources to inform in-school photography and art units and lessons. Programs which are currently available for free are My Martin Kantor Portrait Program (suitable for primary & secondary) and Undercurrent with Peta Clancy (suitable for VCE Studio Art and other senior art and photography courses). For more information, visit the links below.

BIFB are extremely excited to invite you to the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, 28 August – 24 October. Not only presenting 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, Sun Prints, which introduces primary students to the role of light in analogue cyanotype photography, and our Arts Industry Context days, specially designed for VCE Studio Art students to see behind-the-scenes of our many exhibitions. Alongside the discounted price for education groups visiting Linda McCartney: Retrospective, including free access to our informative education resource for the exhibition, all of these education programs are now available for booking. 

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.

Linda McCartney: Retrospective – Exhibition visit for education groups
Cost: $3.50 per students (accompanying teachers free)
Includes: Free education resource for the exhibition
Capacity: Larger groups may be capped or require staggered entry time pending COVID-19 regulations
Duration: 60 minutes
Available: Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm term dates, 28 August – 24 October 2021
Bookings and Enquiries: education@ballaratfoto.org