bentART 2018

bentART 2018 Winners


The bentART 2018 visual arts exhibition will be held on the June long weekend 2018 at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts – Great Western Highway – Wentworth Falls.

  • Entries Open March 19 -2018
  • Entries Close May 14 – 2018
  • Artworks Drop Off June 6 – 2018 (Between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, Wentworth Falls School of Arts)
  • Hanging June 7 – 2018
  • Pick up Artworks June 11 – 2018 (Between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, Wentworth Falls School of Arts)

Hours of Exhibition

  • Opening Night Friday, 8 June 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Saturday, 9 June and Sunday, 10 June 10.00am – 4.00pm (Artist talk 3.00pm – 4.00pm)
  • Monday, 11 June 10.00am – 2.00pm

Categories 2018 Exhibition

  • Open
  • New Entrant
  • Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography (see 10a)

Awards 2018

  • Overall bentART Exhibition Award
  • Overall bentART Exhibition RunnerUp Award
  • Highly Commended Awards– multiple
  • New Entrant Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Award

Management Committee 2018 

President – Julianne McWhirter

Vice President – Jonathan Llewellyn

Treasurer – Jo Hibbert

Secretary – Pamela Briant 

Committee Members –  Christine Thompson, Clair Smith, Denise Jones, Karen Blomfield, Louise MacLean, Patrick Lee, Regine Wagner.



Unfortunately, the advertised 2018 bentART curator was unable to complete the task of curating this year’s exhibition.  Amelia was called in late Thursday evening to assist the committee to finalize the hanging in time for the judging at 11:00 am Friday morning. Resulting in this year’s exhibitions being curated by Amelia.

Amelia Tracey is a graduate of Sydney University’s College of the Arts (SCA), receiving her Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours – Class I) in 2014. Majoring in Photomedia, Tracey became interested in the changing world of photography, and further, how technology was impacting the art world on a broader scale. Tracey is a Sydney-based artist, having exhibited in numerous group shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as having her first solo show in 2015. She has also been the recipient of multiple art awards, including the SCA Dean’s Award, the Clyde & Co People’s Choice Award, Artereal Gallery’s Mentorship Award, and Hall & Wilcox’s People’s Choice Award. Tracey was exposed to curation during her time at university and is honored to be involved with the 2017 & 2018 Bent Art exhibition. 



Sophia Kouyoumdjian has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years across directorial, curatorial and exhibition management roles. Currently the Coordinator, Parramatta Artists Studios and previously the Acting Director and Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre, Sophia has comprehensive experience in Western Sydney’s contemporary arts sector. She is on the board of I.C.E and the SAMAG committee. Most recently, Sophia curated Primavera 2017 for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia.

Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan. His traditional country extends along the Hawkesbury River and extends inland to the top of the Blue Mountains. Shane is an academic at Macquarie University and holds a PhD in Philosophy, and is currently studying for a DCA at UTS. Additionally, he is an artist, he paints, carves and sculpts in a range of materials. He uses traditional Aboriginal symbols and designs in a contemporary style, to tell both ancient and modern stories through his works. The patterns and figures used throughout his work are traditional to the Darug people. Shane uses patterns and symbols to tell intricate stories.

Shane’s works are held in collections overseas and across Australia including a large collection of traditional handmade tools held on permanent display at Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens.

Sponsors and Friends of bentART will have the opportunity to purchase artworks at the exhibition preview just prior to the official opening at 6:30 June 8, 2018.

2018 bentART Exhibition Raffle

Raffle tickets are now available so keep an eye out for committee members selling tickets from now until the Prize Draw on Monday, June 11 at 2:00 pm. at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts. Tickets will also be for sale at the exhibition Opening Night and all long weekend but get in fast as the number of tickets are limited and the prizes are fantastic, see list below.

1stPrize – Melaleuca Mountain Chalets – Voucher for a 2-night mid-week stay in ACACIA CHALET value $520

2ndPrize – A night for 2 at Novotel Sydney Parramatta including dinner and breakfast plus tickets to Hotel Sorrento (matinee or evening Saturday 4 August) and tickets to Legally Blonde the Musical matinee or evening Saturday 4 August or morning matinee Sunday 5 August) at Riverside Theatre Parramatta value $500

3rdPrize – Christine’s Millinery – Katoomba  – Custom made hat to the value of $250

4thPrize – Molo Wood Creations Custom made product value $250



Lucky Door Prizes – Drawn Opening Night

  • Basil Nut Café and Restaurant – Katoomba Voucher Value $50.00
  • Camera House Katoomba $50.00 Voucher

People’s Choice Voters’ Prize Draw – Drawn Monday, June 11 at 2:00 pm

  • 4 x Mt Vic Flicks Tickets

 A big thank you to all our prize givers for your generosity and support for the 2018 Exhibition.

A small selection of this year’s art:



bentART gets a mention in the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly in Trish Doyle’s (Member for the Blue Mountains) Community Recognition Statement.