bentART 2010


bentART 2010 Prizes

bentART Prize – Peter Williamson 

(Spnsor: Wall2Wall Real Estate)

Runner Up – John Turner  “I am What I am”

(Sponsor: GVX)

Painting Prize – Lynne Oliam “Torn” 

(Sponsor: Alex Hotel)

Sculpture Prize – Steven Vella – The award for the Best Female Witch Doctor (Sponsor: Mr Particular)

Sculpture Prize – Steven Vella – The Award for the Best Male Witch Doctor

Alternative MediaPrize – Monica Conanghan “Love Has no Bounds”

(Sponsor: Klipt Kanines & Yindi Day Spa)

Photography Prize – Jocelyn Street “Goulburn Street”

(Sponsor: Wentworth Falls Vet)

New Entrant Award – Monica Conaghan “Double Minority”

(Sponsor: Katoomba Fine Art Gallery)

Highly Commended Painting  – Alex Mckay “Hi Above”

(Sponsor: Common Cents Financial Services)

Highly Commended Sculpture – Sheila Annis “Yoga Poodles”

(Sponsor: Common Cents Financial Services)

Highly Commended Alternative Media – Joceh le Fey “Happy Flame”

(Sponsor: Common Cents Financial Services)

Highly Commended Photography – Chris Miller “Trees In Mist”

(Sponsor: Common Cents Financial Services)

Curator’s Award – Nick Stathopoulos “Cumulus”

(Sponsor: Jakemans’ Framing)

People’s Choice  – Val Ingham “Gailliard”

(Sponsor: Alex Hotel)

Please view the winning entries below.


bentART 2010 shines for Queen’s Birthday

bentArt Australia’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender art exhibition achieved new heights in 2010. For the first time entries were open to artists through-out Australia, resulting in 55 artists entering more than 120 pieces of artwork.

With atmospheric curation by Sophie Seeger and Jane Canfield, the Wentworth Falls School of Arts has rarely felt more creative. John Kirkman (CEO of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts) judged the major category prizes, while Geoff White (Katoomba Fine Art Gallery) awarded the new entrant prize. The overall bentART prize was won by Peter Williamson for his meticulously woven sculpture ‘Whorl’.

The newly created youth and Indigenous artists’ prizes were not awarded due to insufficient entries and a Runner Up prize was awarded in their place. John Turner received the Runner Up prize with his painting ”I am what I am”.

With more than 350 people attending the opening night the exhibition was a sensational success, and keen art-lovers continued to experience the show across the entire Queen’s Birthday long weekend. As one participant commented “bentART is the LGBT event where everyone talks to each other, enjoys the artwork and has fun.”

“As well as being a great success as an inclusive community event, launching the new pinkFest, this year’s bentART was also a great commercial success” says Julie Martin (President).

More than 20% of the artwork was sold with sales at the $12,000 mark.

Update on 2010 Exhibition

The bentART exhibition opening night is on Friday the 11th June, with the exhibition running until the following Monday, 14th June. This year we have a change of venue, with the exhibition being held at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, which is an exciting venue with a number of spaces that will enable the curators to show the works off to their best. Grateful thanks go out to BMCC for their assistance in making available some of the hanging material from the Katoomba Civic Centre.

Due to the kind generosity of sponsors the prize money is more than doubled from 2009 – now being over $5,000 in total.In addition, we have several new categories to encourage wider participation amongst the GLBT community; a New Entrant Award for those who have not submitted art in previous exhibitions, a Youth Award for young GLBT artists under 25 and an Aboriginal Award for GLBT indigenous artists.

The judging of the bentART award and the four category prizes will be done by John Kirkman, who previously ran the Penrith Regional Gallery and prior to that he was Curator / Manager at the Australian Museum. John is currently CEO of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Centre. Joining John in the judging will be Geoff White from Katoomba Fine Arts gallery on Lurline St.Geoff will be judge the New Entrant and the Youth award. We are currentlyorganisingfor theAboriginal Bent Artist Award to be judged by an Aboriginal artist.

Curation of the exhibition will be undertaken by Sophie Seeger and Jane Canfield. Sophie, an artist herself, has considerable experience in gallery management and curation , while Jane is an artist who works across a range of media and has strong exhibition experience. We are fortunate to have such a skilled combination in judging and curation . Sincere thanks for all for donating their time and expertise.

Finally, the opening night is set to be a very social affair again this year with wines once more being supplied by Rolling Wines of Orange and catering by Richard Moon and the Blue M café of Katoomba. With good wine, fine food, friends new and old and wonderful art all around, it’s bound to be a night to remember it – so don’t miss it!