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.

Aldona Kmieć is a Polish-born Australian photographic artist. Graduating from the London Metropolitan University with a Higher National Diploma in Photography in 2008, Aldona settled in Australia in 2009. Working mainly in portrait, landscape and documentary photography, Aldona has also worked on site-specific installations and street art projects.

Her work has been featured on The Block Show (2019), The Design Files magazine and Better Homes & Gardens TV (2015) featuring a street art project called We R You aka Ballarat Faces. Aldona has been the recipient of a number of grants and prizes, including Under the Floorboards art residency award with Uniting Care, finalist Bowness Photography Prize, multiple finalist/winner of Ballarat Art Foundation’s Eureka Art Awards, winner Centre for Contemporary Photography Leica Salon prize, and a three-time finalist of the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize.

Her works are held in the public collection of the State Library of Victoria, Museum of Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat Arts Foundation and private collections.



 

Artist CV

BORN

1977 Poland, London UK 2004 – 2009, since 2009 lives & works in Melbourne

COLLECTIONS

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

ART RESIDENCIES

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

AWARDS

2022 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
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
2013 Winner CCP Leica Salon Most Humorous Image Award | Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

2013 Winner Eureka Art Prize | Ballarat Arts Foundation 
2012 Honourable Mention Fine Art Black & White Spider Awards
2012 Published Finalist ‘My migration. Moja Emigracja’ book ISBN

2008 Winner End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London UK

GRANTS

2022 State of Change: Regional & rural stories, documenting COVID-19 pandemic in regional VIC
2020 State of Change: Regional & rural stories , documenting COVID-19 pandemic and bushfire recovery in regional VIC
2017 Paste up Photography Project Grant, East Gippsland
2013 Under the Floorboards Photography grant, Uniting Care Ballarat
2013 We R You Paste-up Project Facilitator, City of Ballarat
2011 Visual Arts Grant – Photography, BAF Ballarat Arts Foundation

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 MDPPFW Finalists | Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda
2022 State of Change: Regional & rural stories of 2020 touring exhibition
– Colac Library | 4 July – 29 August
– Bright Library | 11 July – 10 October
– Geelong Library | 29 August – 29 September

2022 Banyule Art Salon | Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub, Melbourne
2021 Faces of the Polish Community | Polish Art Foundation, Melbourne
2021 Regional bushfires and COVID recovery | State Library Victoria, Melbourne
2021 STAGES: life in lockdown | Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2021 CCP Salon | Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2020 Vibes | Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne 
2020 Members Group Exhibition | Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2019 Colours of World Cultures | Backspace Gallery, Ballarat
2019 Beyond 50% | Backspace Gallery, Ballarat
2018 Pol-Art Festival QCA Galleries South Bank, Brisbane
2018 BAF Eureka Art Award Finalists | Post Office Gallery, Ballarat
2018 Mixed Blessings | Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat
2018 Open studio ArtWalk | Soldiers Hill Artist Collective, Ballarat  
2018 Portrait Prize | Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood 
2017 Our Place – Soldiers Hill Artist Collective | Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2017 Maggie Diaz Projects: Photography Prize | Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda

2017 BAF Eureka Art Award Finalists | Ballarat Art Gallery
2016 BAF 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 | Monash Gallery of Art, 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, Portico, Ballarat
2011 AOP Association of Photographers Open Awards Finalists | Truman Brewery, London

EDUCATION

2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program
2014 Ballarat Community Leadership Program
2011 Cert IV Small Business Management, Ballarat
2008 Higher National Diploma in Photography | London Metropolitan University
2008 Advanced Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism | Czestochowa, Poland