Ballarat International Foto Biennale | Education Programs

Ballarat International Foto Biennale | Education Programs

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s Education Programs provide exciting opportunities for students of all ages, with activities and resources that extend teaching and learning beyond the festival and into the classroom.

Showcasing our commitment to photography as a powerful education tool, the BIFB Education Team partners with expert educators and acclaimed artists to deliver curriculum-aligned teaching and learning possibilities that extend beyond the medium and into visual art, art history and theory, art curatorship and industry, media, history, politics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, culture and history.

Currently available for booking is our headline exhibition, two accompanying education workshops that focus on bringing photography to life by getting students to have a go making images, and our Arts Industry Context program with Art Gallery of Ballarat for VCE Studio Art students. Even more exciting exhibitions and programs will be announced closer to the festival, email us at education@ballaratfoto.org to join our mailing list.

See our website for more details https://ballaratfoto.org/education/ or email us anytime at education@ballaratfoto.org


Headline exhibition: Linda McCartney: Retrospective

We are extremely excited to invite you to the education visits of our headline exhibition Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale, from 28 August to 24 October.

For the first time in Australia, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will present an exclusive look back at the career of the world-famous photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998). Curated by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Linda McCartney: Retrospective features more than 200 extraordinary photographs, including images of the McCartney family, the 1960s music scene, and a series of prints from the McCartney’s time in Australia between 1975 and 1993 which have never been shown before.

Cost: $3.50 per student (accompanying teachers free)
Capacity: Larger groups may be capped or require staggered entry times pending Covid-19 regulations
Duration: 60 minutes
Available: Mon – Fri, 10am – 3pm term dates, 28 August – 24 October 2021

To book please email the education team at education@ballaratfoto.org


Candidly Capturing Now: Exhibition visit and artist-led street photography workshop

Secondary and Tertiary classes visiting the Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s headline exhibition Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ballarat now have the opportunity to channel their inspiring visit straight into a street photography workshop led by a guest photographic artist.

Linda McCartney was famous for taking candid photographs of people in everyday settings. Her relaxed and intimate images became emblematic of her cultural era. Through this exhibition visit and workshop, students will be inspired by McCartney and an accompanying guest photographic artist to experiment with candidly capturing the time they are living.

A guest professional photographer, Sandy Scheltema or Jesse Marlow, will guide students through their own practice and provide industry tested tips and tricks to capturing unique and creative perspectives on the streets of Ballarat.

Suitable for secondary and tertiary students
Cost: $15 per student, includes access to Linda McCartney: Retrospective (accompanying teachers free)
Capacity: 12-20 students per booking
Duration: 120 minutes (60 minute exhibition visit and 60 minute workshop)
Available:Monday-Friday, 10am – 3pm term dates, 28 August – 24 October 2021

To book please email the education team at education@ballaratfoto.org


Sun Prints: Exhibition visit and cyanotype workshop for primary students

 Inspired by the exploration of analogue photography and sun printing by 2021 Biennale headline artist Linda McCartney, this program lets students see the magic of photographic image processing happen before their eyes.

Students will firstly visit the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat to discover how our Linda McCartney used light through all different kinds of analogue photography processes to capture what was happening around her in creative and inventive ways. Following this, students will experiment with creating their own simple photographic images, using the sun, special cyanotype paper and silhouettes inspired by the exhibition’s themes. Students will not only make these magical images themselves but also take them home as a souvenir.

Suitable for for primary students
Cost: $5 per student, includes access to Linda McCartney: Retrospective (accompanying teachers free)
Duration: 90 minutes (45 minute exhibition visit and 45 minute workshop)
Available: Monday-Friday, 10am – 3pm term dates, 28 August – 24 October 2021
To book please email the education team at education@ballaratfoto.org


Arts Industry Context

The Art Gallery of Ballarat in association with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents a full day Arts Industry Context Program for VCE Unit 4 Studio Arts students.

The Biennale provides a unique example of a large arts festival displaying multiple exhibitions in a range of venues, with a particular focus on public and alternate exhibition spaces. This backdrop allows students to directly experience and discuss the considerations of artists and curators, and conservation of artworks on display in at least two different exhibitions.

This program will run on the following days:
-Thursday 2nd September 2021: 10am – 2pm
-Wednesday 8th September 2021: 10am – 2pm

Bookings are essential, current capacity for each session is 30 people total
Cost – $5.50 per student (accompanying teachers free)
Fee includes entrance to the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

To book fill out and submit the booking form HERE


To check out all the full program of Education Resources provided by Ballarat International Foto Biennale CLICK HERE.

Image credit: Linda McCartney, The Beatles, Abbey Road, London, 1969

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