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Unicorns are real shortlisted to 2018 Art Prize

My “Unicorns are real” artwork has been shortlisted to 2018 Art Lovers Prize and exhibition at Left Bank Gallery, Southport, Queensland. It’s a great honour. Please help me win the Main Prize (6k) and win something for yourself too: vote for ‘Unicorns are real’ & Win the Art Lovers Australia – Subscriber Voting Prize- all…

The view from the East Ballarat Photography Migration and Art Faces of migration Aldona Kmiec Ballarat London traveller pan exposure

The view from the East

East and West, or in between, these words seem to succinctly describe my life. I was born in the communism era of late seventies and eighties in Poland. It was tough. Growing up, I was noticing that people around me have always desired change, yet not always acted on their instinct because sometimes they just…

We R You Ballarat Street art paste up

Ballarat faces

Time to post all Ballarat faces from WeRYou mural project again. Ballarat has been changing fast, is more progressive and open, to everyone. It has attracted a whole bunch of vibrancy. What’s so special? People. And the history. Pre, during and after Gold rush. It has been inclusive. The word ‘Ballarat’ is derived from local Wathaurong Aboriginal…

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world photo John Le Carre

A desk is a dangerous place

A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world Coming back from Melbourne after a great weekend of eating and making pierogi with friends, I’m writing this while I sit on a VLine bus, less glam than the train, but train’s will be back operating from tomorrow. Catching up with friends.. lots of interesting conversations,…

Nostalgic Warsaw Poland

Nostalgic Poland

Nostalgic Poland Some time ago I have set up a Facebook page dedicated to a City of Ballarat Multicultural Ambassador Program. It has already attracted a great number of people interested in it and it’s mission is to promote world’s cultures and the Multicultural Program that City of Ballarat has been successfully running for over…

Valentines Day Coffee Heart shaped 'Cascara’ - the pulp of the coffee cherries

Coffee cherry tea

it is for real G!!! coffee cherry tea I got a gift from a friend some time ago, ‘Cascara’ – the pulp of the coffee cherries. Because not many people know what it is, so here’s more info. Coffee cherry tea is a herbal tea made from the dried berries (or “cherries”) of the coffee plant. It is also known as cascara, from…

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Ballarat Through My Eyes

Ballarat Through My Eyes competition 17 August – 15 September 2013  Last month the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in partnership with United Way Ballarat presented a new photographic competition for BIFB’13. ‘Ballarat Through My Eyes’ was open to photographers of all levels to submit outstanding images on what quintessentially and personally represents Ballarat to them.…

Molebatsi Motsepe South African Actress Studio Shots Portrait Photography Ballarat Melbourne

Molebatsi Motsepe:: Acting and universal issues

On acting and universal issues   AK: Your name always fascinated me and it was hard to pronounce it. I’d love to know its origins. Tell me about it.. MM: It’s South African Tswana name, and it’s rare unique name in SA. I was named after my grandmother. AK: You have lived in United Kingdom as…

Barriers to acceptance the diverse cultures in Australia

Barriers to acceptance

Barriers to acceptance If you were forced to leave your homeland suddenly, what five things would you take with you? On Sunday June 23rd I was part of the unique event with 150 audience – The Five Things Project organised by CMY Centre for Multicultural Youth held at the M.A.D.E Museum in Ballarat. For two…

Our Japanese family visits Ballarat

Cold rainy and wet day in Ballarat has greeted our family 1st time visitors from Kyoto.. The ‘Ballarat factor’ as our Melbourne friends would call it.  It doesn’t bother me, didn’t bother them either. Loved sharing the cross-cultural experiences and learn the knowledge of my favourite cuisine in the world from the professional Japanese chef,…

Mount Kosciuszko Run Mountain Cycling The End of Summer Snowy Mountains Australia NSW Aldona Kmiec Photographer"

On yer bike!!

Czas na rower. Wyprawa na Górę Kościuszki. 13 Lutego 2011 10.16am Rower zawsze mial i ma do tej pory specjalne miejsce w moim zyciu. Będąc dzieckiem, wszędzie jezdzilo sie na rowerach, do sklepu, na niedzielny piknik w pobliskim miasteczku, na niedzielną przejazdzkę z rodzicami.. Tak sie zaczęlo. Przenosimy sie w czasie. Jest luty 2011-go roku.…

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