Festival Information

Current Festival Update

Protest Update Sunday 5 December

Victoria Police have advised there may be a protest demonstration in Ballarat on Sunday 5 December from approximately 1pm which may cause disruptions in the Ballarat CBD area. We anticipate a strong police presence and we will be closely monitoring our festival venues which may be affected in order to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. The Ballarat Town Hall (Martin Kantor Portrait Prize exhibition) and the Post Office Gallery (Fineman New Photography Award exhibition) will be closed on this day, while access to nearby exhibition venues may also be impacted and may be required to close without notice.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this situation on the day.

Festival Extended Until Jan 2022

It is with great joy that we announce the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will be extended until 9 January 2022.

With more exhibitions and artists than ever before, the 2021 Biennale is not one to be missed. Transforming every corner of Ballarat with photographic art, we invite you to escape into the world of art and culture throughout the city.

All Festival Passes include a ticketed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition, featuring 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.

Festival Tickets

The Linda McCartney: Retrospective is open daily (except 25/26 December) until 9 January 2022.

The full Core Program of indoor exhibitions are open Thursday to Sunday, including the Linda McCartney: Retrospective.

The type of ticket you require will depend on what day of the week you are planning to visit Ballarat and the exhibitions you wish to see.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Linda McCartney: Retrospective, the BIFB Info Hub, outdoor exhibitions and selected Open Program venues are open. You need to purchase a ticket to view the Linda McCartney: Retrospective on these days.

Purchase a Festival Pass to visit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday and see the full Core Program of indoor exhibitions. Festival Passes are available either for a single Day or for a 3-Day Pass. All Festival Passes include a SINGLE timed visit to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Linda McCartney: Retrospective ticket
Adult $18, BIFB Friend $14, Concession $14, Child $8, Family $42

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Festival Pass – Day Pass or 3-Day Pass
Day Pass Prices
Adult $24, BIFB Friend $18, Concession $18, Child $9, Family $52
3-Day Pass Prices
Adult $36, BIFB Friend $27, Concession $27, Child $15, Family $67

Day Pass
A Day Pass includes one timed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat plus unlimited entry to access the remainder of the ticketed Core Program indoor exhibitions throughout central Ballarat, open various times Thursday to Sunday.

3-Day Pass
A 3-Day Pass includes one timed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat plus unlimited entryto access the remainder of the ticketed core program indoor exhibitions throughout central Ballarat across three consecutive days.
A 3-Day Pass allows you to immerse yourself in the Biennale experience and stroll through the heritage streets of Ballarat at your own pace. You will have time to explore the complete program of exhibitions while enjoying the warm hospitality of Ballarat’s many wonderful venues.
3-Day Passes are valid for Thursday-Friday-Saturday OR Friday-Saturday-Sunday.



Covid Safety

All ticket holders are now required to present proof of double dose vaccination status in order to attend the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, artists and visitors is our primary concern. We ask that all visitors to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale follow the COVIDSafe practices outlined below. The Biennale is following the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance and information relevant to ensuring the festival is a COVIDSafe event.

Our highest priority this year is making sure we keep each other safe. All in-person events will progress according to the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions at the time. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has a thorough COVID Safe plan with guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests.

Stay At Home If You Are Unwell

Please do not attend the Biennale if you
are feeling unwell
are showing symptoms of COVID-19
are awaiting a COVID-19 test result
have otherwise been directed to self-isolate or quarantine
have been in a COVID-19 hotspot of concern in the previous 14 days
If you begin to feel unwell while you’re at the Biennale, contact an event staff member immediately.

Contact Tracing

Upon arrival, you are required to check in with the Service Victoria QR code.

Physical Distancing

Please stay 1.5m from other people when possible to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Venue Capacity

We have strict venue capacity limits to ensure the safety of our patrons. We thank you for your understanding and kindly request you follow directions from our friendly event staff during your visit.

Practicing Hand Hygiene

Make sure you regularly wash your hands and apply hand sanitiser after touching any surfaces.


Depending on advice from the Victorian Government at the time of the event, you may be required to wear a mask. You are required by law to carry a mask at all times unless you have a medical exemption.

Stay in the Loop

Keep up-to-date through the Victorian Government website for the latest information on COVID-19. For any questions regarding health advice, please contact the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 150 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Download the Ballarat International Foto Biennale COVIDSafe Plan here.


For all enquiries about the Biennale or ticketing requests, please send us an email at info@ballaratfoto.org

Stay tuned to our website, newsletter and social media channels to keep up to date on the Biennale.