The internationally renowned Ballarat International Foto Biennale kicks off this year on Saturday 22 August.


The month-long festival is the only internationally significant photographic event in regional Victoria. This year BIFB15 celebrates a notable ten-year milestone and the opening weekend will be packed full of special events. Saturday’s BIFB 2015 Festival Launch is an all-welcome free event held at The Ballarat Mining Exchange from 6pm to 10pm. On Sunday, the Fringe and Film Program Launch will be held at Mr Rede, from 3pm to 6pm.

BIFB comprises two major exhibition programs, the Core Program and the Fringe Program. The Core Program is a curated exhibition of 21 leading artists, while the Fringe Program is an open-entry presentation from over 200 artists. This years Core Program features Australian artists such as Jane Long, Stephen Dupont and Belinda Mason.

The AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photographers) will hold a series of 16 workshops, starting with four on the opening weekend:
 Friday, 21 August ““ Visual Storytelling with Dean Sewell & David Maurice Smith (Oculi)

Saturday, 22 August ““ Advanced landscape with Peter Eastway

Saturday, 22 August ““ Creative compositing with Jane Long

Sunday, 23 August ““ Photo Book Making Marathon with Gary Trinh.

A guide to the activities planned for the festival month can be downloaded at