16th bentART Annual Exhibition – 2021
Collectively the 2021 committee worked hard to develop and deliver the first-ever bentART virtual exhibition that was a great success and is something that we can all be proud of. The decision to go to a virtual exhibition was not made lightly and was done in the best interests of sustaining bentART, both for the artists and the community; and was made in consideration of the fluctuating COVID-19 environment and what that may mean for future public art events.
The virtual exhibition was positive in that it enabled LGBTQI artists from all over Australia accessibility to enter and also view the virtual gallery along with international audiences as well. In total there were 686 visitors to the exhibition over the June long weekend, which is not dissimilar to the numbers who attend the Wentworth Falls School of Arts.
A small awards presentation was held at The Alex Hotel (one of our sponsors) and this was live-‐ streamed for the first time through our Facebook page. The committee thanks Chris Cannell from Music in the Mountains for this.
The committee for 2021
President – Sue Lightfoot, Vice President – Is Guillemin, Treasurer – Sue Atherton, Secretary – Robyn Auld
Ordinary Committee members: Stephen Mally, Juls McWhirter, Lisa Hoggard, Paula Novotna
(and for 6 months, Hilda Mavromati).
WINNER – The Contortionist by Mina Calvert
RUNNER UP – Dysmorphia Body Suit by Andrew Delaney
JUDGES HONOURABLE MENTION – Deb’s Grevillea by Michelle Drage
FIRST TIME ENTRANT – The Lesbian by Anna Barnes
If Only We Could Multiply Wombats by Sallie Colechin, I’m Queer, You are Queer, We are Queer, They are Queer by Philippa Bolton, Luncheon of the Boating Party by Prue Dudley, Corona Lane by Leon Fernandez, Construction Zone by Barb Wall
PETS & WILDLIFE SMARTPHONE-OGRAPHY:
WINNER – Awakening by Carolyn Willetts
HONOURABLE MENTION – Pete by Helen Von-‐Meyer Moore
DESIGN A MASK – Hugs & Kisses by Pamela Briant
CURATOR’S CHOICE – November by James Gordon
This year our two judges for the main exhibition were Cath Barcan, a returning judge, and Deborah Kelly, a first-time bentART judge.
Two of our regular sponsors judged the additional categories of Pets & Wildlife Smartphone‐ography (Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital) and Design a Mask (Dr Madhu Tamilarasan, Lithgow Sports Medicine).
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 now residing in Melbourne, has 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 bentArt exhibition.
Our deep gratitude goes to our sponsors, many of whom have been longstanding supporters of bentART. We acknowledge the impact that COVID-‐19 has had on small businesses since the pandemic started and are very grateful that despite this, many of our usual sponsors continued their sponsorship, even if they had to contribute less this year. So a big thanks to each and every one of our 2021 sponsors:
Bendigo Bank (Katoomba), The Alexandra Hotel Leura, ACON, Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, Catriona Swan, Dr Madhu Tamilarasan – Lithgow Sports Medicine, Richards Financial Services, Harmony at Home Blackheath, Digital Age Lawyers, Three Sisters Social Group, Art Food Culture, Tara Whitie (Web Developer), Catherine Cooper Norwood for the First Time Entrant Award
Friends of bentART 2021
Julie Bargenquast, Richard Kallio, Elizabeth Rickman, Mt Vic Flicks
15th bentART Annual Exhibition – 2019
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 artists 17 of these artists 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.
The committee for 2019
President – Juls McWhirter, Vice President – Chia Moan, Treasurer – PamelaBriantSecretary – Clair Smith
and committee members – Jo Hibbert, Jonathan Llewellyn, Denise Jones, Karen Blomfield, Louise McLean.
Categories 2019 Exhibition
Open, Postcards – 2019 Theme – Reassessing Normal and Pets & Wildlife Smartphone-ography
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
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.
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, has 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 bentArt exhibition.
Major Diamond Sponsors
Bendigo Bank – Katoomba, The Alex Hotel – Leura, Digital Age Lawyers, Catriona Swan – Belle Property Leura, Katoomba Fine Flowers, Three Sisters Social Group, ACON, Dantosa Blue Mountains Retreat and Lesbians Incorporated (LINC)
Blue Mountains City Council, Scenic World Shared, Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, Harmony at Home
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 2019
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