BOAA will be a Visual Arts Festival, showcasing over 150 of Australia's most innovative contemporary artists from across Australia. Ballarat will come alive with large and intimate scaled projects in over 50 different indoor/outdoor locations. Six 'Art Villages' will be activated across the city, providing exciting daytime and nighttime experiences. BOAA will tell stories of our past, present and future. It will reflect what is means to be Australian today, having a strong Aboriginal focus, as well as celebrating our multiculturalism. It will be a festival that marks our time and place within history. This six-week event will be a coming of age for Australian audiences and artists alike. BOAA will be the largest showcase of Australian Art ever, attracting significant national and international audiences.
The regional City of Ballarat is located in Western Victoria, an hour and a half from Melbourne.
21 September - 6 November, 2018
Ballarat is well placed to host Victoria's most significant contemporary Art Festival with its important Regional Gallery (The Art Gallery of Ballarat), significant public art collection, growing contemporary scene, heritage buildings and compelling natural environments. The scale and physicality of Ballarat will provide the ideal "whole of town" gallery experience for audiences.
This project has been developed by Julie Collins - of djprojects, a multi-arts service provider. Described as an artist, who just wants to see good things happen; Julie has supplemented her art practice with business, curation, marketing, teaching, and project management roles. Most recently, Julie has been the Curator/Arts Director of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, between 2011-2016.
Download Julie's CV here.
BOAA has also welcomed Andrew Walsh AM to the team as the CEO/Executive Producer. Andrew has extensive experience across a range or major events and will bring a new level of experience, connections and professionalism to BOAA. During his 30 year career, Andrew's creative vision and technical guidance has provided direction for hundreds of productions. Among his career highlights include Creative Director of the widely acclaimed Centennial Ceremony for Australia's Centenary of Federation, Director of Ceremonies for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Director/Producer of London's Millennium celebrations, Executive Producer for The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2011 Special Olympic Games. Andrew was the founding CEO/Artistic Director of White Night Melbourne from 2013-2016, he took White Night from an idea, to Melbourne's largest public event.