Ballarat International Foto Biennale

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26 Aug 2023 to 22 Oct 2023 Biennial Event

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an immersive, world-class event that continues to evolve, expand and attract curious audiences and, importantly, renowned photographic artists from across the globe to provide a festival that prompts the audience to question, explore and be changed by photographic art.

BIFB’s mission is to promote, present and support photography as an art form in Australia. The Biennale aims to have a positive social, cultural and economic impact on our region, to serve the community and play a vital role in cultivating it.

Now in its 17th year, the Biennale has enriched the cultural landscape of regional Victoria, becoming one of Australia’s pre-eminent arts festivals. Held every two years, the Biennale runs for two months encompassing two major photographic programs and cultural events. The curated Core Program presents group and solo exhibitions, showcasing work from domestic and international artists that is new, previously unseen in Australia or contextualised afresh, reflecting current social, cultural and artistic concerns. The Open Program fosters the development of more than 80 emerging artists each festival year. Alongside, BIFB runs an extensive education and public program comprising talks, workshops, symposia, awards and prizes – rounding out a rich and diverse program of cultural event which attracts industry and national interest to the region.

The 2023 Ballarat International Foto Biennale runs 26 August to 22 October 2023.


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Biennial Event

26 Aug 2023 to 22 Oct 2023

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