THE BIENNALE of Australian Art will transform Ballarat into a kaleidoscope of art, sculpture, music and installations this spring.
Conceived by Ballarat-based artist Julie Collins, the inaugural festival has been dubbed the largest ever showcase of Australian art ever and will feature the works of over 150 exhibiting artists from Ballarat and beyond.
“I thought it was time we celebrated and supported Australian artists, rather than always looking overseas for the next best thing,” Julie says.
“BOAA has equal representation of artists from every state and territory. It is the first large-scale exhibition with this mission and it will be the largest showcase of Australian art ever presented.
“Australia is large and diverse and BOAA will reflect the stories our artists are telling.”
As part of the six-week festival, Ballarat is set to be divided into three villages – the Lake and Gardens, the CBD, and Eureka, with the 150 artists exhibiting in various locales in each of these precincts.
Historic spaces will come to life, galleries will boast contemporary masterpieces, elusive venues will be unearthed, and outdoor spaces will glow with visual art, sculpture, music, performance and a variety of other artforms.
“However it’s not all art,” Julie adds. “We also have BOAA music happening throughout the six weeks, with 50 pop-up music events all included in the BOAA Pass.
“We hope that everyone learns something new, thinks beyond their everyday and is enriched by the overall BOAA experience."
The Biennale of Australian Art will be held between September 21 and November 6.