Join us for an insightful conversation between Sarah Brown, Photographic Curator & Editor, Linda McCartney Archive and Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale; facilitated by journalist and broadcaster Fiona Gruber.

For the first time in Australia, the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents an exclusive look back at the career of the world-famous photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998). Curated by Paul and Mary McCartney, Linda McCartney: Retrospective features more than 200 extraordinary photographs, including images of the McCartney family, the 1960s music scene, and a series of prints from the McCartney’s time to Australia between 1975 and 1993 which have never been shown before.

Sarah Brown and Fiona Sweet will delve into the process of bringing the Linda McCartney: Retrospective to Australia, working across borders, and the evolution of the retrospective. Hear unique insights into this exhibition, exploring some of the lesser-known aspects of Linda McCartney’s photographic practice, and her lasting influence.


About Linda McCartney
Linda McCartney’s photographic career spanned from 1965 to 1997, during which bore witness to the evolution of pop and youth culture as we know it. Linda’s early portraits of the burgeoning New York 1960s music scene capture the vulnerability of future world conquering rock stars. Known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among many others, she was the first female photographer whose work was featured as the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, with a portrait of Eric Clapton. Linda McCartney: Retrospective showcases some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene alongside intimate family portraits. The photographs capture the world as she experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around Linda in her inimitable, spontaneous and experimental style.

About Fiona Sweet
A prominent and highly respected Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet is renowned for inspiring and intelligent delivery of uniquely curated festivals and exhibitions. Currently, Fiona is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia’s leading contemporary photographic event. The Biennale delivers a dynamic program of two major photographic exhibition streams showcasing acclaimed Australian and international artists, while fostering the development of emerging and regional artists.
Fiona is also the Director of the National Centre For Photography, Australia’s newest and only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to photography. Fiona is an influential and in-demand public speaker, industry judge, photographic portfolio reviewer and assessor in Australia and internationally.

About Fiona Gruber
Fiona Gruber is a journalist and producer with twenty years’ experience writing and broadcasting across the arts as a commentator, profile writer, and reviewer. Major clients include ABC Radio National, the Australian and the Guardian.

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In Conversation: Linda McCartney: Retrospective
  • Free Ticket
    October 30, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm