bentART 2019

15th bentART Annual Exhibition
The 2019 bentART exhibition was held at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Opening night was on June 7 and was attended by 300 people. The exhibition ran over the Queens Birthday long weekend and there was a steady stream of visitors on all days with an estimated 300 visiting on those days totalling around 600 visitors in total to the bentART 2019 exhibition. 

There were 133 artworks entered by 62 artist 17 of these artist were first time entrants to bentART. Of the 17 new entrants 6 won awards.

This year the committee introduced a Postcards category – A6 in size with a theme of “Reassessing Normal”, there were 12 entrants in this section which produced some interesting and thoughtful artworks.

Due to hard work by the committee and generosity of our sponsors the 2019 Prize Pool was in excess of $11,000.

2019 Winners 

Committe Members
President – Juls McWhirter
Vice President – Chia Moan
Treasurer – PamelaBriant
Secretary – Clair Smith
and Committeemembers
Jo Hibbert, Jonathan Llewellyn, Denise Jones, Karen Blomfield, Louise McLean.

Categories 2019 Exhibition
Postcards – 2019 Theme – Reassessing Normal
Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography 

Awards 2019
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
Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography Award

Dr Sanne Mestrom
Senior Lecturer, Visual Art
Sydney College of the Arts | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Lizzy Marshall is a Western Sydney based curator, educator and writer. Her curatorial practice focuses on the subversive layers of resilience in human beings under the pressure of the imperceptible “small compromissions” of society.
Working collaboratively with artists through conceptual frameworks Marshall curates responsive exhibitions that play on resonance and active engagement through the audience experience. Investigations include site-responsiveness and the permeability of the museum walls and collections. Her exhibition making extends beyond traditional frameworks to encompass heritage buildings, object dense museums, a pristine rainforest, architecturally significant homes, interior and exterior of regional built environments, and most recently a former industrial site.
She is currently curating the site-wide celebrations of Penrith Regional Gallery’s 40thAnniversary “A Fight For Our Gallery”. Lizzy was the Acting Curator of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool and formally she was the Public Arts Officer for Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Within this role she was the Curator of the inaugural Turbine Hall Commission featuring Fiona Davies’ Blood on Silk: Last Seen. She has held positions with The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Sculpture at Scenic World, as well as consulting positions for Macquarie University Art Gallery and The National Trust – NSW. She has been commissioned to write for the Online Dictionary of Sydney, Architecture Ireland, Art & Australiaand Artlink Magazineamongst others.

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, 2018 and 2019 Bent Art exhibition. 

2019 Poster

Major Diamond Sponsors
Bendigo Bank – Katoomba, The Alex Hotel – Leura,  Digital Age Lawyers, Catriona Swan – Bell Property Leura, Katoomba Fine Flowers, Three Sisters Social Group, ACON, Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat, Lesbians Incorporated (LINC)

Sapphire Sponsors
Blue Mountains City Council, Scenic World Shared, Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, Harmony at Home

Ruby Sponsors
Torque Pilates Studio, Peita Davies – Home Loans, GangGang Gallery – Lithgow, Tara Whitie – Web Designer, Susan Templeman MP, Lithgow Sports Medicine, Beaut-T-ful Bags,Richards Financial Services, Christine’s Millinery, Bennetts Printing, Riverside Theatres – Parramatta, Novotel, Parramatta

Friends of bentART
Alison Sweep, Angela Jursevics, Barbara Wall,Blackburn Family, Bryn Hutchinson, Catherine Cooper Norwood, Clair Smith, Chia Moan, Debra Wylde, Denise Jones, Dianne Fruin, Gabriele Rummel, Gill Green, Hilda Mavromati, Indigo & Ochre Architects, Josophans Fine Chocolates – Leura, Kaye Paton, Michelle Drage, Peter Williamson, Prue Wright, Rodney Mathew, Romola Hollywood, Sam Fischer, Sharryn Ryan, Yvonne Samuel

2019 Exhibition Times
Opening Night – Friday, 7th June  6:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, 8th June 10:00 am – 4:00 pm  – Artist Talk 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sunday, 9th June 10:00 am – 04:00 pm 
Monday, 10th June  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Artworks pickup Monday,10th June  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

2019 Raffle Prizes:
Artwork by Amelia Tracey “Born To Be Wild” (Jesse) 2015 Pigment print Edition of 5 80x80cm – $1,500
Riverside Theatre / Novotel Parramatta,Show,Accommodation,Dinner Package $500
Christine’s Millinery Gift Voucher – $250
Molo Wood Creations – Grazing Board – $150
Cinnabar Kitchen Blackheath Voucher – $100
Drawn Monday 10th June 2019 – 2:00 pm

2019 Luckey Door Prizes – Opening Night
Camera House Katoomba Voucher – $50 
Basil Nut Katoomba Voucher – $50
Circus Boutique Katoomba – $50
Elliot Eyes Collection – $180