About

I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and make work: Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung, Wurundjeri and Gunaikurnai people of Victoria. 

Born in Poland
Active / Lives: Ballarat + Melbourne, Australia

Aldona Kmieć is a Polish-born photographic artist. Drawing on her childhood spent on a dairy farm in communist era Poland, Aldona’s photography explores memory and identity. Working mainly in portrait, landscape and documentary photography, she often combines photographs with other elements such as sound, the written word and constructed physical objects, Aldona also creates site-specific installations and immersive art murals.

Working with clients who collect art is an exhilarating experience and also a great privilege. Art can reveal so much about a person, it has the power to transform a space into something deeply personal and completely unique.

Aldona has exhibited extensively; her photography is held in public and private collections. Her works have been featured on The Block Show 2019, The Design Files Australia and Better Homes & Gardens TV show. With over 12 years of professional experience in the photographic & digital industry, Aldona has been the recipient of a number of prizes, including Under the Floorboards studio residency award, Ballarat Art Foundation’s Eureka Art Awards and Centre for Contemporary Photography’s Leica Salon prize. She has also been a finalist in the William and Winifred Bowness Prize for Contemporary Contemporary Photography and the Maggie Diaz Prize for Photography. 



 

Collections

State Library of Victoria, Ballarat Arts Foundation, Museum of Democracy at Eureka + private collections

◾ PRINT SIZES
Different print sizes are available Please message Aldona if you require an unlisted size.

◾ PAPER FINISHES
My photographs are printed on Fine art Giclée Ilford Prestige Galerie 310gsm Cotton Rag Paper, using genuine Epson Ultrachrome inks in a professional photo-framing lab ensuring perfect image quality, vivid colour and sharp detail. If you would like a different finish, including canvas , please contact Aldona to discuss options prior to purchase

◾ SHIPPING
Prints are wrapped and shipped in a sturdy postal tube to prevent damage during transit.
Shipping times vary depending on processing times, your location and postal delays, but you can expect your print order to arrive within 7-14 business days.

◾ SUSTAINABLE FRAMING
Frames are made of Tasmanian oak – in natural timber, white and black colours – handmade to order.
Add a beautiful framing option to your artworks with a couple of clicks when choosing your print.

◾ CONTACT
Please don’t hesitate to contact Aldona if you have any questions. Just click on the ‘Enquire size or framing’ button.

◾ IN STUDIO
Follow all the behind the scenes activity by following my @Instagram. Keep up to date with new prints, current exhibitions and art events. You can also receive updates via newsletter.

 

Art Residencies

2018 BOAA Biennale of Australian Art | Ballarat Mining Exchange
2013 Under the Floorboards | Uniting Care Ballarat

Awards 

2018 Finalist | Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist | Art Lovers Australia Prize
2018 Finalist | Contemporary Art Awards
2017 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
2017 Winner 3rd Prize | Airbnb, Fear of Flying story
2016 Finalist | Eureka Art Prize
2015 Finalist | The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize
2014 Winner | Eureka Art Prize
2014 Finalist | Bowness Photography Prize MGA Gallery Melbourne
2014 Finalist | Head On Photo Festival Portrait Category Sydney
2014 One year Leadership Scholarship | Leadership Ballarat Western Region
2013 Winner CCP Leica Salon Most Humorous Image Award | Centre of Contemporary Photography Melbourne

2013 Winner Eureka Art Prize | Ballarat Arts Foundation 
2013 We R You – Paste-ups Project Facilitator
2012 Honourable Mention Fine Art Black & White Spider Awards
2012 Published Finalist ‘My migration. Moja Emigracja’ book ISBN

2011 Visual Arts Grant – Photography BAF Ballarat Arts Foundation
2008 Winner End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London UK

Solo Exhibitions

2017 In the process of Healing | Ballarat International Foto Biennale
2015 Dreamscapes | Ballarat International Foto Biennale 
2013 Australia, a New Chapter | Ballarat International Foto Biennale 
2013 My Australia | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2011 Transient | Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale | Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat

Group Exhibitions  

2021 Regional bushfires and COVID recovery | State Library Victoria:
2021 Contemporary Photography Melbourne | CCP Salon
2020 Victorian Artists Society | Melbourne
2020 Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne | Members Group Exhibition
2019 Colours of World Cultures | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2019 Beyond 50% | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2018 Pol-Art Festival QCA Galleries South Bank | Brisbane, QLD
2018 Ballarat Arts Foundation Eureka Art Award | Post Office Gallery  
2018 Mixed Blessings | Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat
2018 Open studio ArtWalk | Soldiers Hill Artist Collective Ballarat  
2018 Portrait Prize | Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood VIC
2017 Our Place – Soldiers Hill Artist Collective | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2017 Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery St Kilda

2017 Eureka Art Award Finalists | Ballarat Art Gallery window
2016 Eureka Art Award Finalists | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2016 Impressions Polish Arts Foundation | Victorian Artists Society Gallery Melbourne
2016 Linden Postcard Show | Linden New Art Gallery Melbourne
2016 Self Portraits to Selfies | The Lost Ones Gallery Ballarat
2015 PolArt Festival | Steps Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery St Kilda

2014 Eureka Art Prize Finalists | Post Office Gallery Ballarat
2014 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists | MGA Gallery Melbourne
2014 Head On Finalists | Paddington Reservoir Gallery Sydney
2013 Under the Floorboards | Art Gallery Ballarat

2012 POL-ART Festival | Perth
2011 Lost in Translation – Collaboration with painter Casey Tosh 
2011 Association of Photographers – AOP Open Awards Finalists | Truman Brewery London

Education

2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program
2014 Ballarat Community Leadership Program
2012-2014 Multicultural Ambassador of Ballarat
2011 Cert IV Small Business Management | Ballarat
2008 Higher National Diploma in Photography | London Metropolitan University


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