The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has launched two initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The first is an online learning project for senior high school students, run as an extension of the #MassIsolationAUS Instagram project and with the support of the Besen Family Foundation. Developed by renowned street photographer, Jesse Marlow, it will provide instruction via video recordings and include tips and tricks for creating interesting and beautiful photographs that visually represent their experience of isolation. This project is free to all secondary school children through their individual schools.
The organisation has also partnered with FORMAT International Photography Festival and Gallery of Photography Ireland to create a visual record of the COVID-19 crisis on Instagram. It is inspired by the 1937 Mass Observation project in Britain, and involves Ballarat International Foto Biennale curators Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward inviting Australians to share their photographs to build an online visual archive of this extraordinary moment in history. The Mass Isolation Australia project is free to take part and open to all across the world. Click here for full details of this initiative.