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The Art

The Art

The art

Over 150 high profile Artists will exhibit over 50 indoor/outdoor venues across Ballarat with a mix of major outdoor installations, solo exhibitions andsmall intimate projects. Artists will create new work and be provided with adequate budgets to help realise innovative projects. Ballarat will be divided into Art Villages. Sites include the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Mining Exchange, M.A.D.E, Civic Hall, Vic Track assets, Botanical Gardens, Sturt Street Gardens, Alfred Deakin Place, Lake Wendouree as well as disused buildings and neglected sites. Australia’s most innovative living artists representing every state and territory across Australia. Ballarat like you have never seen before. 


outdoor installations

Up to 27 large scale installations will be exhibited across Ballarat within our Villages.  These projects will activate Ballarat and create a festival atmosphere.

Lakeside Sculpture

A sculpture trail exhibition of 36 sculptural day/night projects around Lake Wendouree.  Lakeside Sculpture would be a unique with no other sculpture trail exhibition in Australia having complete disability, access.

The great australian landscape

Eight major landscape paintings will be commissions specifically for BOAA; large paintings in scale, 8m in legnth.  Each stat and territory will be represented by one artist, who will have a completely different view of what the Great Australian Landscape is, and how it reflects their personal place and time.


18 artists will have the opportunity to have a solo exhibition across a variety of venues including the Art Gallery of Ballarat.  Audiences will be able to see and discover artists from the 9 states and territories across Australia.

Drawn to Ballarat

Inspired by the adult colouring craze, this project will see on artist commissioned to create black and white designs, which will be printed onto a variety of materials, including vinyl banners, building wraps, and the skin of the BOAA hub.  The artwork will inhabit a variety of locations thought the CBD.


Projections and lighting projects ranging from large scale, to intimate engagements.  Viewable nightly, across the 6 weeks throughout Armstrong Street North.  These projects will depict artist concepts, translated into projects.  Australian artists, working with animators and lighting specialists. 

Performance Art Projects

Performance Art is where an artist uses their body in some way to create an artwork.  These are usually one off events that provide a must see, "you should have been there" type experiences.  Throughout the 6 weeks, performance art projects will be scheduled throughout unique sites in Ballarat to enhance audience experiences of BOAA.  These projects will be filmed and shared on social media.

Art in Odd Places

Art in Odd Places involves the commissioning of small scale projects.  These projects will create a network of hidden stories in unexpected locations throughout the CBD.  Using geocaching principals, the audience is sent on a treasure hunt.  Geo Art Cache is finding art or engaging in a creative experience, using a GPS to get there.  Each BOAA will build on these hidden stories creating a unique public art outcome.

Art Camp

Art Camp will be by both invitation and via an open Expression of Interest, inviting artists throughout Australia to visit Ballarat, camp in Victoria Park, and create onsite projects throughout the 6 week event.  Projects will range from sculptures, happenings, paintings, photography, drawings or media projects.  Audiences will be able to visit art camp to see the projects transform and evolve, speak with artists, and experience real time creativity.  Art camp will be fully set up with security and facilities, and be professionally managed and coordinated by an Art Camp manager and staff.  

The Best of Ballarat

The Best of Ballarat will provide the opportunity for local artists from the region to be seen in the context of Australia's best visual artists.  The Best of Ballarat will ask our local artists to step up and show the rest of Australia what they have to offer.  This will not be a fringe event, it will be a fully curated component within the main program, showcasing 5 local artists. 


The BOAA education program is not just about the 6 week event; it will be a fully integrated program spanning a 12 month lead time with a program of schools engagement, visual arts forums, artist talks and workshops.  Throughout BOAA, a full program will be on offer, including guided tours, children's workshops, adult workshops, art camp interaction, disability engagement programs, aged care interaction, non-structured creative outlet spaces and web resources.  BOAA believes education is for everyone, no matter what age.  BOAA will employ an Education Officer and will provide additional employment for artists through a series of programs.