The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has announced a series of free artist talks and conversations that kicks off on 30 October.

© Linda McCartney, Sgt. Pepper’s Press Launch, London, 1967.

Opening the series on Saturday 30 October at 4pm AEDT is an insightful conversation between Sarah Brown, Photographic Curator & Editor Linda McCartney Archive and Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale; facilitated by journalist and broadcaster Fiona Gruber. It will cover the process of bringing the Linda McCartney: Retrospective to Australia, working across borders, and the evolution of the retrospective. The conversation provides insights into this exhibition, exploring some of the lesser-known aspects of Linda McCartney’s photographic practice, and her lasting influence.

It will be followed on Thursday 4 November, 7pm AEDT (9am GMT) by a conversation exploring the process of bringing Alix Marie’s new body of work, Styx, to life. Co-commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and Photoworks, Styx is a new body of work conceived for the 2021 Biennale where Marie delves further into her interest in water deities, and the intersection between the body, its representation, and an expansive idea of photography.

The conversation on Saturday 6 November, 5pm AEDT is presented in partnership with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). Participants will join Dutch artist and designer Erik Kessels, AGDA VIC Co Chair San San Truong, and Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Fiona Sweet for an exciting in-conversation event. Erik Kessels will discuss his exhibition 24HRS in Photos, his great interest in vernacular photography, and wealth of experience in design and publishing.

Monday 8 November, 6.30pm AEDT is scheduled for a conversation with Irene Fenara, an Italian multidisciplinary artist whose practice analyses the act of looking becoming coexistent with digital technologies. She will discuss her series and exhibition with Ballarat International Foto Biennale Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet, and Director Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne, Angelo Gioé.

The final conversation in the series is on Wednesday 10 November at 6pm AEDT, where artists Chow and Lin (Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin) will discuss their exhibition The Poverty Line, joined by Bernardo Tobias, the State Manager for Victoria and South Australia at OzHarvest Australia, and Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

All conversations are free to join online via Zoom webinars but participants must register online to participate. Click here for full details.