bentART Incorporated  INC9890609 / ABN 68454331712

bentART was established in the Blue Mountains in 2005 to celebrate works in the visual arts of Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,  Transgender and Intersex (“LGBTI”) artists.

Each year over the June long weekend, the annual 4-day bentART exhibition is held in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

The inspiration of three Blue Mountains women, bentART has evolved into the largest LGBTI art event in Australia. Initially, for LGBTI artists living in (or with a strong association with) the Blue Mountains, bentART is now open to LGBTI artists resident in Australia.

In 2015 a new category of SmartPhoneography was added allowing artists to enter works created using only their mobile phone.

bentART has become a highlight of the Queens Birthday weekend of activities in the Blue Mountains for the lesbian and gay community in New South Wales and beyond. In 2019 the prize pool was in excess of $11,000 and the following awards were given:

Overall bentART Exhibition Award, Overall bentART Exhibition Runner Up Award, Highly Commended Awards– Nine, New Entrant Award

Postcards Award, Curator’s Award, People’s Choice Award and Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Award

The show is curated and judged by recognised experts from within the Australian arts community. Previous curators and judges have included Professor Amanda Lawson (Dean, Faculty of Creative Arts – University of Wollongong, Director of Bathurst Regional Art Gallery) Richard Perram (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery), John Kirkman (former CEO, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewis Bequest), Ingrid Hayden (well-known Sydney painter), former Archibald and Sulman Prize winner, Euan MacLeod, and Catherine O’Donnell (working artist) and Matthys Gerber (Senior Lecturer, Painting – Sydney College of the Arts), Dr Sanne Mestrom (Senior Lecturer, Visual Art Sydney College of the Arts | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Lizzy Marshall (Western Sydney based curator, educator and writer).

bentART was originally auspiced by the Mountains Community Resource Network before becoming incorporated under the NSW Associations Act in 2009.


The following people make up the Management Committee for bentART:

President – Jonathan Llewellyn

Vice President – Chia Moan

Treasurer – Jo Hibbert

Secretary – Clair Smith

Committee Members – Julie Bargenquast, Denise Jones, Regine Wagner, Prue Wright, Debra Wylde



“To encourage, promote and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and

Intersex (LGBTI) visual art by holding an Annual Art Exhibition in the Blue

Mountains, with entries from the beginning, emerging and professional LGBTI artists

across Australia”

For a full copy of the constitution click here: bentART Constitution



Commencement Date: This policy commences on February 15, 2011.


To ensure artists and those attending bentART Inc. are familiar with bentART Inc.’s position regarding the use of media and its policy on privacy issues.


This policy applies to all artists, volunteers and patrons who attend the bentART Inc. exhibition.


Artists own their own copyright, and it can never be taken from them, once the work has been exhibited or distributed with the artist’s name intact and some reference to the date of first exhibition and publication. If an artist’s work is reproduced without permission any action in response to that lies with the individual artist. However, it should be noted that a painting in the background of a group shot does not constitute a photograph of that painting, any more than a photograph of a particular brand of car in the background of a street shot constitutes a photo of that brand of car. bentART does not hold itself out as a copyright protector for artists or as a privacy protector for exhibition attendees. This is common sense, as the event is in the public domain – being free, open to anyone and taking place in public. Attendees should note the posing for a photograph or a video is implied consent to publish/distribute without limit, and attending at an advertised event is implied consent to be photographed or filmed at that event. Attendees should, therefore, note that they may be photographed at the event, and artists that their work may be photographed as part of general photography for the event. bentART Inc. is not responsible for photos taken by patrons. Artists should also note that bentART may photograph their work and publish it on their website and social media sites or distribute photographs to other media for publicity purposes in which case suitable acknowledgement of the artist name and title of the work would be made (see Conditions of Entry on bentART’s website for more information).

To summarise, artists own their own copyright, and bentART Inc. owns the copyright of the event and all the media it generates for the event (including bentART Inc.’s website, social media sites and all printed materials), however, note the following:

a. bentART Inc. must be asked permission in writing for all media presence at events and all use of media and will consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.

b. bentART Inc. may impose limits on the use of captured media.

c. bentART Inc. may charge a facility fee for captured media.

d. bentART Inc. must be acknowledged in all captured media.

e. bentART Inc. requires pre-distribution sign-off of any captured media.

f. bentART Inc. is not responsible for breaches of copyright or privacy arising from captured media. bentART Inc. advises all those attending bentART Inc. events including artists, sponsors, bentART members and members of the public that local, regional, national and overseas media outlets may be in attendance covering the event in a variety of media.

g. bentART Inc. requires all media to have either current errors and omissions insurance and/or use relevant clearance forms and/or seek permission from and advise subjects/interviewees of media distribution for each posed and individual/group shots.


bentART’s website: http://www.bentart.com.au


President Julianne McWhirter

Policy Contact Jonathan Llewellyn, Vice President

Approval Authority bentART Committee

Review Date 3 years from date commencement of the policy

Last reviewed: 3 March 2017