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. Lives Ballarat and Melbourne, Australia

Aldona Kmieć is a Polish-born photographic artist working in Ballarat and Melbourne. Drawing on her childhood spent on a dairy farm in communist era Poland, Aldona’s photography and installation art explores memory and identity. Often combining her photography with other elements such as sound, the written word and constructed physical objects, Aldona creates site-specific installations that encourage the viewer to experience her photography from a deeper than 2D perspective.

Aldona has exhibited extensively; her photography is held in public and private collections. She has been the recipient of a number of prizes, including Under the Floorboards studio residency award, Ballarat Art Foundation’s Eureka Prize Award and Centre for Contemporary Photography Leica CCP Salon prize. She was also a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize and Maggie Diaz Photography Prize.



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

Art Residencies

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


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  

2022 PolArt Festival Sydney (in planning)
2021 State Library Victoria Collections: Regional bushfires and COVID recovery | Victoria Gallery
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


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