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


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 with 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.