bentART 2017 Memberships are now open!
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bentART 2017

bentArt, Australia’s premier LGBTIQ visual arts exhibition and is a celebration of visual artists in Australia who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.

bentART 2017 will be held at Wentworth Falls School of Arts in the Blue Mountains Friday 9 June – Monday 12 June, 2017. 

The Count Down is On - Entries are Now Open!!

Entries opened on 20th March and close on 15th May.  Submit your entry forms at:


You need to be a current member to enter:  Membership details and form are available at:

Size Does Matter

Our aim is to attract a high standard of works from local artists and from further afield. Limiting the size of works this year will allow all selected artworks to be displayed in the best possible way. The maximum size for entries this year is 1200 mm x 1200 mm for wall-hung works and a1200 mm x 1200 mm footprint for floor standing works. 

Prize Categories

The bentART prize categories for 2017 are:
  • Open
  • Youth (25 years and under as at 9 June 2017)
  • New Entrant
  • Pet Smartphone-ography             


  • Overall bentART Exhibition Award
  • Highly Commended – multiple
  • Youth Award
  • New Entrant Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Pet Smartphone-ography Award
  • Hangers’ Award

2017 Sponsors 

We are thrilled to announce our super 2017 sponsors.  Without their generous support we would not be able to put on this wonderful exhibition that has become the crown jewel that kicks off the many fabulous Queen's Birthday weekend events.   We would like to express our thanks to:
Diamond Sponsors: 
  • Alexandra Hotel, Leura
  • Bendigo Bank, Katoomba
  • FED Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls
  • Catriona Swan (Belle Property, Leura)
Sapphire Sponsors:
  • Harmony at Home, Blackheath
  • Scenic World, Katoomba
  • Three Sisters Social Group
  • Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital
Ruby Sponsors:
  • Artful Coaching
  • Balance Health, Blackheath
  • Blackheath Family Medical Centre
  • Christine’s Millinery
  • Hello World, Katoomba
  • Hope Tree Framing and Art, Wentworth Falls
  • Klipt Kanines, Lawson
  • Dr Madhu Tamilarasan
Please support our sponsors wherever possible and say ‘hi’ from bentART.  Watch out for more details about their businesses on posts on our Facebook Page.
We would also like to thank the bentART supporters who have provided grants to help us run bentART, as well as donating fantastic raffle and lucky door prizes.  We will begin selling tickets soon.

  • Basil Nut Café and Restaurant, Katoomba
  • Blue Mountains City Council Community Assistance Program
  • Male Overhaul, Blackheath
  • Novotel, Parramatta
  • NSW Club Grants Scheme
  • Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
  • Teddy Sinclair, Leura

Friends of bentART

You can become a Friend of bentART by making a donation of $50 or more.  Your name, or your business name, will be acknowledged on the back of this year’s catalogue.  If you are a renewing or new member you can donate via the membership form.   If do not wish to become a member but still would like to support bentART you can become a Friend of bentART by filling in the form on our website.

bentART needs you!

bentART wouldn’t be able to go ahead without the generous help of our volunteers over the long weekend.  If you have a few hours available to help with the hanging on the Thursday and Friday, opening night or availability over the weekend, we would love to hear from you.   We also need a couple of people with RSA certification to take care of the bar on opening night.  Please provide your willingness and availability to Christine at

Stage Design – Helpers Needed

We are very excited that Christine from Christine’s Millinery has volunteered to design the stage for this year’s exhibition.  We need some crafty helpers beforehand to put some pieces together.  This may include some simple sewing skills.  If you are able to help, please would you email Christine at:

Website and Email Glitches 

Despite much time and effort, we are still experiencing issues with the email address so we have created new email addresses.  If you experience any problems or don't receive a response from us, please send an email to Jono at, Pamela at or Juls at and we will get right back to you.

bentART 2017 Important dates 

It is only 6 weeks until bentART 2017 entries close on 15 May, so get your entries submitted and mark these important dates in your calendar:
  • 20 March  Entries Open
  • 15 May      Entries Close
  • 7th June    Drop off artwork to Wentworth Falls School of Arts
  • 8th June    Hanging of artworks (volunteers needed)
  • 9th June    Opening Night (volunteers needed)
  • 12th June  Pick up artworks
We are extremely excited about receiving your entries soon. 
Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. And visit our updated website. 
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