bentART 2018

bentART 2018 Winners


The Exhibition– The 2018 annual bentART exhibition was held at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts over the June long weekend with Opening Night on Friday 8, June 2018. More than 360 people braved the cold wet night to attend the bentART opening with record numbers attending over the weekend. Opening night was kicked off with sponsors and friends of bentART attending a special preview of the exhibition prior to the official opening.  There were two full rooms of artworks and for the first time opening night guests entered via the front door leading them directly into the digital media display. The number of entries was up this year with 130 artworks entered by 63 artists including 19 first time entrants with 35 works, as were the sales. This was an increase from last year where there were 51 artists exhibiting 109 artworks.  The 2018 Exhibition was very successful with 65 artworks sold. 

Prizes – The prize pool was again in excess of $6,000, which was a great achievement as major costs to finance the exhibition all increased.

Hours of Exhibition

  • Opening Night Friday, 8 June 6.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Saturday, 9 June and Sunday, 10 June 10.00am – 4.00pm (Artist talk 3.00pm – 4.00pm)
  • Monday, 11 June 10.00am – 2.00pm

Categories 2018 Exhibition

  • Open
  • New Entrant
  • Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography (see 10a)

Awards 2018

  • Overall bentART Exhibition Award
  • Overall bentART Exhibition RunnerUp Award
  • Highly Commended Awards– multiple
  • New Entrant Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Award

Management Committee 2018 

President – Julianne (Juls) McWhirter

Vice President – Jonathan Llewellyn

Treasurer – Jo Hibbert

Secretary – Pamela Briant 

Committee Members –  Christine Thompson, Clair Smith, Denise Jones, Karen Blomfield, Louise MacLean, Patrick Lee, Regine Wagner.


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 honored to be involved with the 2017 & 2018 Bent Art exhibition. 


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 at 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.

Sponsors, Supporters and Friends of bentART– The committee is extremely grateful to our fabulous sponsors, without whom bentART would not happen. A big thank you to our longstanding and our new sponsors this year. In addition to our sponsors there are a number of businesses that support bentART by way of donating prizes which also helps to cover costs and of course thank you to the Friends of bentART who also give financial support. 

2018 Sponsors

DIAMOND (MAJOR) – $1,000+

Bendigo Bank – Katoomba

Catriona Swan – Belle Property, Leura

Fed, Blue Mountains

Katoomba Fine Flowers

The Blackburn Family

Three Sisters Social Group

SAPPHIRE – $500-$999

Amelia Tracey – Artist

Blue Mountains City Council

Harmony at Home, Blackheath

Mountain Whispers

Scenic World

Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital

RUBY – $250-$499

Blackheath Family Medical Centre

Christine’s Millinery

Circus Boutique

Dr Madhu Tamilarasan, Bowenfels Medical Practice

Eternal Summer by Kel

Hope Tree Framing and Art

iTalk Travel, Katoomba

Klipt Kanines

MoLo Wood Creations

Rex-Livingston Art+Objects

Ruby Spur Digital Marketing Agency

Susan Templeman MP

Tara Whitie Web Designer & Developer

2018 bentART Exhibition Raffle

Raffle tickets are now available so keep an eye out for committee members selling tickets from now until the Prize Draw on Monday, June 11 at 2:00 pm. at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts. Tickets will also be for sale at the exhibition Opening Night and all long weekend but get in fast as the number of tickets are limited and the prizes are fantastic, see list below.

1stPrize – Melaleuca Mountain Chalets – Voucher for a 2-night mid-week stay in ACACIA CHALET value $520

2ndPrize – A night for 2 at Novotel Sydney Parramatta including dinner and breakfast plus tickets to Hotel Sorrento (matinee or evening Saturday 4 August) and tickets to Legally Blonde the Musical matinee or evening Saturday 4 August or morning matinee Sunday 5 August) at Riverside Theatre Parramatta value $500

3rdPrize – Christine’s Millinery – Katoomba  – Custom made hat to the value of $250

4thPrize – Molo Wood Creations Custom made product value $250



Lucky Door Prizes – Drawn Opening Night

  • Basil Nut Café and Restaurant – Katoomba Voucher Value $50.00
  • Camera House Katoomba $50.00 Voucher

People’s Choice Voters’ Prize Draw – Drawn Monday, June 11 at 2:00 pm

  • 4 x Mt Vic Flicks Tickets

 A big thank you to all our prize givers for your generosity and support for the 2018 Exhibition.


The 2018 bentART promotional design created by Amelia Tracey.  

This design is a representation of the “purple hand” that was an early symbol of the Gay Liberation Front and the Society for Individual Rights.  The term originated in October of 1969 when 60 activists responded to the San Francisco Examiner’s series of disparaging news articles about the LGBT community by staging a protest in front of their building.

Employees of the newspaper dumped bags of purple printers’ ink from the third-storey window of the newspaper building on the peaceful protesters. The activists used the ink to draw slogans on the building walls and stamp purple handprints throughout downtown San Francisco resulting in one of the most visible demonstrations of gay uprising at that time.

This design is not only emblematic of the purple-handed event of the 60s but is a celebration of how far we have come since. It symbolises that on the 9th December 2017, Australia achieved the overwhelming victory of marriage equality, bringing us one step closer to living in peace.

Catologue front and back page looked like this









A small selection of this year’s art:



bentART gets a mention in the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly in Trish Doyle’s (Member for the Blue Mountains) Community Recognition Statement.