16th bentART Visual Arts Exhibition

bentART brings together members of the LGBTQI community to celebrate individual creativity and encourage artists from all levels across Australia.  The bentART exhibitions are now 17yrs old, unfortunately, last year’s exhibition was a victim of COVID-19 and had to be cancelled, however, we continue to grow and develop in an ever-changing world environment, thus this year for the first time we bring people together in an online event.  bentART is possible because of the continued engagement of volunteers who are on the committee, as well as the financial support of our wonderful sponsors, and the support of our artists, art lovers, and community members – without them this exhibition would not be possible.  We thank you all for your ongoing support of bentART and hope you enjoy the exhibition.
Sue Lightfoot – President

Open Category includes painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, textile, fibre art, and digital art. These categories will be split into two virtual galleries Exhibition One and Exhibition Two to ensure viewing performance is at its best.

Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Category  & Design a Mask Category will share the third Exhibition Gallery.

Note: bentART will not be selling artworks on behalf of artists this year and not all artworks are for sale in this year’s exhibition. If you wish to purchase an artwork that is for sale either contact the artist directly, click on the request button when viewing the artwork in the virtual gallery and send a message, or email presidentbentart@gmail.com and your interest will be forwarded to the artist. Please include the name of the artwork and the artist’s name in all correspondence.


Overall bentART Exhibition Award – PRIZE AUD$2,000.00

Overall bentART Exhibition Runner Up Award – PRIZE AUD$1,250.00

Highly Commended Awards – PRIZE AUD$500.00

Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Award – PRIZE AUD$250.00

Design a Mask Award – PRIZE AUD$250.00

Catherine Cooper-Norwood – New Entrant Award – PRIZE AUD$250.00

Curator’s  Choice Award – PRIZE AUD$250.00

Some of the 2021 bentART Exhibition sponsors, winners, judges, and committee members…

Judge – Deborah Kelly

I’m a visual artist, currently researching the social life of collage. My work varies: I’ve made animations, books, a projection onto clouds over Sydney Harbour, stickers, banners, billboards… and a distributed dance work, a memorial. I often collaborate with other people. I love what I do as an artist, but I also have to work outside of art to support my practice.

Judge – Cath Barcon

Cath Barcan is an artist who has exhibited photography in Australia over the last 30 years. She is Headteacher of Visual Arts at Nepean Arts and Design Centre, TAFE NSW- Kingswood.

Cath has been a finalist in major Australian art prizes including the Blake Prize for Religious Art, the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, the National Photography Prize, and the Headon Landscape Award. She was the recipient of the Premiers University of NSW Creative Arts Scholarship, for which she undertook post-graduate study at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2018.

The twin themes of wrapped food and the wrapped landscape have pre-occupied her works over the last 5 years.

A graduate of the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania she also holds an MVA from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She has taught photography at TAFE NSW, the University of Newcastle, The University of Tasmania, and The University of Sydney, as well as conducting numerous community and gallery-based workshops. 

Curator – Amelia Tracey

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 was a Sydney-based artist now residing in Melbourne, has 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 honoured to be involved with 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 bentArt exhibitions.

bentART acknowledges the Darug and Gundungurra people who are
the traditional owners of the land on which our events are held