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Ballarat International Foto Biennale

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is Australia’s leading photographic festival showcasing work from significant international and Australian photographers that are new, previously unseen in Australia or contextualised afresh.

Headlining the 2021 Biennale, is a retrospective exhibition of exclusive works by world-famous, award winning American photographer Linda McCartney. Linda McCartney: Retrospective presents the spontaneous and experimental experiences involving the iconic people and places that shaped Linda’s extraordinary life.

The festival program includes 12 indoor ticketed exhibitions featuring curated works by leading Australian and international artists in venues throughout central Ballarat, including the National Centre For Photography and the Ballarat Mechanics’ Institute. There are 16 curated outdoor exhibitions in the lanes and streets of Ballarat and a full Open Program of exhibitions in 75 local cafes, bars, hotels and businesses in Ballarat and beyond.

The BIFB After Dark program includes four projection exhibitions on the facade of the Ballarat Town Hall every evening.

For those who are unable to join us in Ballarat or who simply want to enhance the Biennale experience, we invite you to explore our digital program of interactive virtual exhibitions, prize exhibition galleries and more. Over the course of the Biennale, we will be sharing new digital content for audiences far and wide.


01 Oct 2021 - 09 Jan 2022

4 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat Central, VIC 3350Get directions


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.