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