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6am coffee and a walk… Best wake up call. Ballarat gardens, full of lavender,  roses, cats and dogs, chit chats with neighbours, plant cuttings, fresh air and views of Mt Warrenheip and Golden Point.  I’m a keen gardener and learnt gardening from my parents and grandparents. My parents run a 160 acres farm in southern Poland in Bieżeń, near Czestochowa.…

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Under the Floorboards Opening

Exhibition  | Download an Artist catalogue UnitingCare Ballarat begins a unique artistic project, Under the Floorboards, with the first of 12 artist residences commencing on Monday 30th July. Under the Floorboards is a collaborative project in which renowned Western District artists will create works based on their experiences at one of the diverse programs provided by…

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Creative Selfies workshop

Portrait Photography Workshop     Creative selfies workshop. Experience the joy of photography! Ballarat International Foto Biennale 17 August – 15 September 2013 Four leading professional photographers will be presenting workshops for school students throughout the Festival. All workshops will be held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. In this hands-on fun workshop within a…

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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.…

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Molebatsi Motsepe:: Acting and universal issues

On acting and universal issues AK: Have you ever experienced unpleasant reactions towards your look and did it have an impact on your life or art and how did you deal with it? MM: South Africa, even after the Apartheid is still very segregated. […] My mum taught me how to handle people who were not so open…

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Before We Do…

But before We Do… Letter to Bride & Groom   Today is one of those exciting days, editing photos, new enquires, finalising art projects.. I have just finished ‘early spring cleaning’ my new office and it looks and feels great. I instantly have a fresher mind and feel energised by this simple task! So I…

We R You final statistics

Thanks also to all community groups who have supported this project and sent their participants our way: Victorian Police CoB Community Safety Committee Ballarat Health Refugee Support Group UnitingCare Ballarat Ballarat African Association CMY Centre for multicultural Youth CoB Cultural Diversity Unit & Multicultural Ambassadors CoB Youth Services BLX LinkUp – participation MADE Museum Mount…

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…

We R You ABC Radio with Lily Partland | Aldona Kmiec participants

We R You ABC Radio Ballarat

ABC Ballarat Lily Partland interviewed participants of We R You faces Ballarat public art project. Great stories from great people – thank you again for your participation, energy and sharing your beautiful stories. The City of Ballarat’s arts and culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on an inclusive public art…

Public Art Mural Ballarat Artist Pauline OShannessy Dowling

Public Art Mural completed

Public Art Ballarat A new exciting public art mural has just been completed at the Civic Hall / Library car park in Armstrong St. Ballarat youth who participated in the project worked all week alongside a professional Ballarat artist Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling in creation of some 30 metres of this colourful & textured mural. The project…

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