It was made possible by the committed and dedicated Bentley Hall Committee and the Bentley Community. The event is held annually since 1985 at the Bentley Public Hall. The Hall is also used twice a week as the Pre School serving the many families in the community. The event is considered as one of the most prestigious art prize in the North Coast. Its purpose is to showcase the talents of the emerging artists to the wider community. The proceeds raised goes towards keeping up the Bentley Public Hall and to a nominated Charity Organisation.
The Art Work comes from local artists and from afar. All throughout the years, it has grown and has a great benefit for the Bentley Community. It started with 70 entries the first time and now it has reached to 700 entries. This year, it started on 31 July till 02 August - days everyone enjoyed.
The day was full of fun. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person. There was an entertainment of Country Music, Food Stalls (Cakes and Biscuits), Sausage sizzles and kids has their own place under the trees by the side of the Hall to enjoy doing their own paintings.
The different sections were: Section 1 - Richmond Dairies - open painting prize; 2 - Richmond Valley Council Acquisition Prize; 3 - Casino RSM Acquisition Prize; 4 - Drawing Prize; 5 - Amateur Painting Prize; 6 - In and Around Bentley; 7 - Library Acquisition Painting Prize; 8 - Art Other Than Painting Prize; 9 - Golden Oldies Prize - over 70 years; 10 - Student Art Prize - under 21 years; 11 - Primary School Art Prize; 12 - Open Photographer Prize - Colour or Black and White ( Landscape and General); 13 - Student Photography Prize - Primary and High School; 14 - Open Scrapbooking Prize - Single Page, Double Page, Novice Page
Thanks to the Sponsors, Volunteers, Exhibitors and the Community who made it all possible.
Helen Trustum - Art Prize Coordinator
Bentley Downs, 835 Manifold Road, Bentley NSW 2480
Phone (02) 6663 5283; Mobile 0407431725; Fax (02) 6663 5296