About

Aldona Kmieć is a Polish-born Australian photographic artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. She spent her childhood on a farm in a small village of Bieżeń near Częstochowa, Poland. While living in the UK, she graduated from the London Metropolitan University with an Advanced Diploma in Photography. She migrated to Australia in 2009.

Working with photography, installation, and mixed media her projects focus on fragmentation, memory and displacement.

Key projects include participatory street project We R You (2013) where hundreds of Ballarat residents were featured on street posters, pasted up on buildings around town; Under the Floorboards (2012-13) where she spent weeks with Ballarat Uniting Care staff and volunteers, creating life-size mosaic portraits based on her experience; and In the Process of Healing (2017) + Erased (2023), an immersive site-specific installations of photography and sound that shed light on the experiences of a Tamil family seeking asylum. 

Between 2020 and 2022 Aldona worked on two photography commissions documenting the effects of bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic in regional communities of Ballarat and East Gippsland.

For new commissions and assignments – please contact me to discuss your needs.

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


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EDUCATION  

2008 Advanced Diploma in Photography, London Metropolitan University

COLLECTIONS

State Library of Victoria [Oral histories and photographs for the Rural and Regional Commission 2020-2023]
St John of God Art Collection
Ballarat Arts Foundation
M.A.D.E. Museum of Democracy at Eureka (former)
+ private collections

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2024 Mass, Drawing Intensive, Loft 275 Gallery, Ivanhoe  (April 17–19)
2024 Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne (March 1–May 30)
2024 Mungga Artist Studio recipient, Ivanhoe (Jan 27–Feb 18)
2018 BOAA Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat Mining Exchange (22 – 26 Oct)
2013 We R You Community Engagement Project Facilitator, Ballarat (Jan – May)
2012-2013 Under the Floorboards, Uniting Care Ballarat (Aug 1 – Sept 15)

AWARDS

2024 Shortlist, The Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize, London UK
2024 Finalist, The CLIP Award, Perth Centre for Photography
2024 Winner, Linden Postcard Show, The Fitzroy St Traders Play Award   
2023 Winner, Public Choice Award, Eureka Prize Ballarat Arts Foundation 
2023 Finalist, Head On Portrait Award 
2023 Finalist, Nyland Photography Prize
2022 Finalist, Maggie Diaz Photography Prize 
2018 Finalist, Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize
2018 Finalist, Art Lovers Australia Prize, Gold Coast
2018 Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane
2017 Finalist, Maggie Diaz Photography Prize 
2017 Winner 3rd Prize, Airbnb, Fear of Flying story
2016 Finalist, Eureka Art Prize, Ballarat Arts Foundation
2015 Finalist, Maggie Diaz Photography Prize
2014 Winner, Eureka Art Prize Ballarat Arts Foundation
2014 Finalist, Bowness Photography Prize MGA Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Finalist, Head On Photo Festival Portrait Category Sydney
2013 Winner, Leica Salon Most Humorous Image, CCP Melbourne

2013 Winner, Eureka Art Prize Ballarat Arts Foundation 
2012 Honourable Mention Fine Art Cafe in Soler 7th Black & White Spider Awards
2012 Finalist, ‘My migration. Moja Emigracja’ book 

2011 Finalist, Cafe in Soler AOP OPEN International Photography Awards, London
2011 Longlist, Terry O’Neill Photography Award, London 
2008 Winner, End of Year Best Photo Competition, AOP Gallery London 

ART GRANTS / COMMISSIONS

2024 Art in Public Spaces, Banyule City Council, Greensborough
2023 Hospitals as a Place, St John of God Art Collection, Perth   
2022 State of Change: documenting COVID-19 pandemic State Library Victoria
2020 Focus on Country Victoria: Regional & rural stories State Library Victoria
2017 Paste up Photography Project Grant, East Gippsland Council
2013 We R You Paste-up Project Facilitator, City of Ballarat Council
2012 Under the Floorboards Photography commission, Uniting Care Ballarat
2011 Photography Grant, Ballarat Arts Foundation

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024 Tacit Galleries,  Abbotsford, 31 July -18 August *forthcoming
2024 Winterbloom, Loft 275 Gallery,  Ivanhoe 
2017 In the process of healing, Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale, The Ballarat Convent
2015 Dreamscapes, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

2024 CLIP Award finalists, The Naval Store, Walyalup/Fremantle, WA
2024 Fifty Squared Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery
2024 Mass Drawing Intensive, LOFT 275 Gallery, ILCH Ivanhoe

2023

2023 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art Gallery, St Kilda 
2023 EGAG Wrap Prize, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale
2023 Eureka Art Award, Fairbanks Gallery, Ballarat 
2023 Head On Portrait Award finalists, Bondi Pavilion Sydney 
2023 Hospitals as a Place, St John of God Health Care HQ, Perth 
2023 PAF Contemporary Drawing Biennale, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
2023 Echoes of a Gaze, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2023 Winterbloom, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, RACV Goldfields Gallery (commissioned)
2023 The Real Thing, Core Program Ballarat International Foto Biennale (commissioned)

2022

2022 CCP Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2022 Head On Photography Festival ‘Add On’,  Bondi Pavilion Sydney
2022 Borders, Polish Art Foundation, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne
2022 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize Finalists , Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda
2022 State of Change: Regional & rural stories of 2020 touring exhibition (Colac, Bright, Geelong)
2022 Banyule Art Salon, Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub, Melbourne

2021

2021 Faces, Polish Art Foundation, Victorian Artist Society 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, SHAC Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat
2018 Open studio ArtWalk, SHAC Soldiers Hill Artist Collective, Ballarat  
2018 Portrait Prize, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood 

2017

2017 Our Place, Soldiers Hill Artist Collective, Backspace Gallery Ballarat
2017 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda

2017 BAF Eureka Art Award Finalists, Ballarat Art Gallery

2016

2016 BAF Eureka Art Award Finalists, Post Office Gallery, Ballarat
2016 Impressions Polish Arts Foundation, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne
2016 Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art Gallery, Melbourne
2016 THIS IS ME: Examination of the art of self image, The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat

2015

2015 Pol-Art Festival, Steps Gallery, Carlton
2015 Maggie Diaz Photography Prize finalists, Brightspace Gallery, St Kilda

2014

2014 Eureka Art Prize Finalists , Post Office Gallery, Ballarat
2014 Bowness Photography Prize Finalists, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2014 Head On Portrait Finalists, Paddington Reservoir Gallery, Sydney

2013 Under the Floorboards, Art Gallery Ballarat
2012 Pol-Art Festival, Perth
2011 Transient, Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale, Craig’s Royal Hotel Ballarat
2011 Lost in Translation collaboration with painter Casey Tosh, Portico, Ballarat
2011 AOP Open Awards Finalists, Truman Brewery Bricklane, London

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES / SERVICE

2024 Volunteer, Heide Museum of Modern Art
2018 Gippsland Community Leadership Program (scholarship)
2015-16
2015 Artist Talk: Renata Dąbrowska, Paweł Roman i Aldona Kmieć o portrecie, Galeria Odwach, Czestochowa PL
2014 Ballarat Community Leadership Program (supported by a scholarship from Ballarat City Council)
2013 Lecture/Presentation “On moving from communism to democracy” M.A.D.E  Museum of Democracy at Eureka, Ballarat 15.05.2013
2012-2014 Culture Diversity Advisor, Intercultural Ambassador, Ballarat City Council, Volunteer 
2010-2015 Volunteer and Festival Production Team, Ballarat International Foto Biennale 
2013 – current, Member Soldiers Hill Artist Collective, Ballarat 
2012-2015 Board Member, Ballarat Arts Alive

PUBLICATIONS / INTERVIEWS / FEATURES

2024 SBS Radio Interview Winterbloom (In Polish)
2023 Polish Art Foundation Contemporary Drawing Biennale catalogue
2023 The Guardian Australia from-mullets-to-muhammad-ali-in-pictures
2023 Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale festival program
2023 Ballarat Intl Foto Biennale The Real Thing exhibition catalogue
2022 Polish Art Foundation Borders exhibition catalogue
2021 Mass Isolation Australia book photographs
2021 Polish Art Foundation Faces exhibition catalogue
2020 Polish Art Foundation Vibes exhibition catalogue
2020 Interview Publication by Anthea Dorsett for University Brief
2019 SBS Polish Radio Interview An interesting story behind the photo 
2017 SBS Radio Interview Photographic Inspirations (In Polish)
2017 SBS Radio Interview In the Process of Healing (In Polish)
2017 Artist Interview In the Process of Healing Diprose, Kirsten ABC Radio Ballarat
2017 Capture Magazine Ballarat International Foto Biennale – a visual sampler
2016 “Ballarat’s top artistic talent goes on show” Wilson, Amber The Ballarat Courier
2016 Artist Interview “A developing vision” Cluff, Caleb The Ballarat Courier
2015 Radio Interview 26 June 2015, Fiat FM, Czestochowa Poland
2015 Studio Visit, Artist Feature The Design Files
2015 Studio Visit, Artist Feature “Tara meets an inspirational Ballarat artist”, Better Homes and Gardens TV
2015 “Photos take audience to the land of dreams” Dellaram Vreeland, The Ballarat Courier
2015 PolArt Visual Arts Program catalogue
2014 Bowness Photography Prize catalogue
2013 “Lost But Found: Do you recognise this woman” Sweet, Emily The Ballarat Courier
2013 Under the Floorboards exhibition catalogue 
2013 “We R You: public art project celebrates the faces of Ballarat” Partland, Lily ABC Radio Ballarat
2013 “A red carpet is rolled out for some, while others tread under the floorboards, away from the lights and the sun” Brine, Dominic ABC Radio Ballarat
2012 Artist Interview “Everyone’s journey is different”, Brine, Dominic ABC Radio Ballarat
2012 Moja emigracja [My Migration]. Buccan, Queensland: Favoryta ISBN 978-0-9871769-4-3

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