bentART 2017

bentART 2017  Exhibition took place on the June Long Weekend, 2017.

Opening night was held on Friday 9 June between 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Sponsors and special guest viewed the exhibition from 5:30 pm in appreciation for supporting BentART this year.  

The exhibition hours over the weekend were between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday and 10:00 am until 2:00 pm Monday.

bentART was summed up beautifully by our 2017 curator, Amelia Tracey….

“The question I have most consistently been met with whenever speaking to people about bentART is “Does the exhibition have a theme?” The answer is “Yes”, but it’s not a conventional one. The theme of bentART exists not in the artworks, but in the people who produce them. The theme exists in all the people who contribute to it – all the people who identify as something other than straight. bentART represents the celebration, support and creativity of the LGBTIQ community. It represents unity, and really, what can compare with that? ”


The Poster looked like this


bentART 2017 Artist talk special event 
We had an interesting and insightful talk, lead by Jonathan Llewellyn, with two of our artists and discovered why bentART is important to them.  

Jono, Diana and Patrick


Patrick Lee explained that he looks forward to producing artworks specifically for bentART each year.  bentART gives him a platform to exhibit his artwork with joy and without the fear or need to censor his work to suit a particular audience.  Diana Wilde just loves seeing and photographing the birds that visit her garden.  She used to visit the mountains with her Dad who always had a box brownie in his hand.  She was a member of the Gould League when she was a child, which ignited her love of birds.   

Stage Decorations

Stage decorations designed and created by Christine from Christine’s Millinery

Categories 2017 Exhibition 

  • Open
  • Youth (25 years and under as at 9 June 2017)
  • New Entrant
  • Pet Smartphone-ography



Note: No entries were received in the youth category. 


David Rex-Livingston, has more than 28 years’ experience in the art market – covering areas such as Auction sales and management, management for dealer galleries including Martin Browne Fine Art, along with formal academic qualifications in Art Education, (Grad Dip Education), a Bachelor of Arts – Art & Design (Curtin University WA) and a Postgraduate in Professional Art Studies (painting) from City Art Institute (now COFA), Sydney. Having established a commercial gallery in 2000, Rex-Livingston Art + Objects, after nearly 17 years of trading in emerging, established and investment art, has placed itself in Katoomba at 182-184 Katoomba St. June 2017 year celebrates the first anniversary of the Katoomba space in the wonderful and privileged Blue Mountains locale.

Liz Ashburn, has been active in making art and curating and writing about the work of other bent artists. She was the author of Lesbian Art: an Encounter with Power and has been involved in many organisations furthering  LBGTIQ agendas.  Since 1964 Liz has been involved in the education of artists. She is presently an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales and a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. In 2007 Liz was awarded an Order of Australia Award for services to education, fine art, contemporary Australian art and to the community.


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 honoured to be involved with the 2017 Bent Art exhibition. 

2017 Sponsors  Without their generous support we would not be able to put on this wonderful exhibition that has become the crown jewel that kicks off the many fabulous Queen’s Birthday weekend events.   We would like to express our thanks to:
Diamond Sponsors: 

  • Alexandra Hotel, Leura
  • Bendigo Bank, Katoomba
  • FED Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls
  • Catriona Swan (Belle Property, Leura)

 Sapphire Sponsors:

  • Harmony at Home, Blackheath
  • Scenic World, Katoomba
  • Three Sisters Social Group
  • Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital

 Ruby Sponsors:

  • Balance Health, Blackheath
  • Blackheath Family Medical Centre
  • Christine’s Millinery
  • Hello World, Katoomba
  • Hope Tree Framing and Art, Wentworth Falls
  • Klipt Kanines, Lawson
  • Dr Madhu Tamilarasan

We would also like to thank the bentART supporters who have provided grants to help us run bentART, as well as donating fantastic raffle and lucky door prizes.  We will begin selling tickets soon.

  • Basil Nut Café and Restaurant, Katoomba
  • Blue Mountains City Council Community Assistance Program
  • Male Overhaul, Blackheath
  • Novotel, Parramatta
  • NSW Club Grants Scheme
  • Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
  • Teddy Sinclair, Leura