bentART 2018

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
  • Hanging June 7 – 2018
  • Pick up Artworks June 11 – 2018

Hours of Exhibition

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

Categories 2018 Exhibition

  • Open
  • New Entrant
  • Youth (18-21 years old at time of submitting entry)
  • Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography (see 10a)

Awards 2018

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


French-born Nadège Lamy immigrated to Australia in 1981 and currently lives in the Blue Mountains. In Normandy she attended l’École des Beaux-Arts, became an artist and ran her own gallery in a small village on the French Riviera. While in Paris Nadège worked as a freelance photographer and audio-visual designer primarily on the Formula One racing circuits.

In her early years in Sydney, Nadège ran her hand-printed T-shirt business, selling to markets and for a while worked as a graphic designer at Sydney Botanic Gardens. In 1994 Nadège completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (UWS Nepean) and has since had sixteen solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. Over the years she has exhibited as a finalist in numerous art prizes, including the Blake Art Prize and Mosman Art Prize, and won a few along the way.

Nadège was guest curator for the Blacktown Art Centre exhibition The Idea of Water in 2012 and is also regularly in demand to curate artists’ exhibitions. Between 2012 and 2017 Blackheath Art Society invited Nadège to curate their three annual art prizes.


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.