The ‘Biennale of Australian Art’ (BOAA) showcases over 150 contemporary artists from around the country across three designated art villages in the Victorian town of Ballarat. On until 6 November, the festival covers exhibitions, talks, music, video projection, performance, and the writer’s festival.
Highlights; Art Camp projects at the Mining Exchange where each week two artists will create large-scale works through drawing, painting and installation. The Art Gallery of Ballarat’s ‘BOAA Art 2018’ exhibition presents works by Marlene Gilson, Numina Sisters, Pip & Pop, David Jensz, Gerwyn Davies, Jason Sims, to name a few. While St Andrew’s Hall, the George Farmer Building, Ballarat Welcome Centre, the Eureka Stockade and several other venues also host a diverse line-up of artists including Marina Pumani Brown with painting work which captures cultural knowledge, Yhonnie Scarce with her hand-blown glass sculpture, Abdul Abdullah exploring the young Muslim experience within the Australian multicultural context, brother and sister duo Nawurapu Wunungmurra and Djirrirra Wunungmurra from the Northern Territory share stories of identity, family and connection to country, Jill Orr will captivate the audience with performance work, and Skunk Control’s immersive installations bring art and science together through activated light and colourful formations. Louise Paramor presents brightly coloured pop inspired sculptural works, and Ken + Julia Yonetani’s performance and installation engages the five senses. Moving outdoors Lake Wendouree is a stunning backdrop for a springtime walk among 36 sculptures. In 2018 ‘BOAA’ tells stories of the past, present and future through community connection and creativity.