The Bentley Art Prize is a community event that attracts all ages from surrounding districts, the attraction being the diversity of artwork created locally and from afar. The family orientated event has grown over the years into a great benefit for the Bentley Community.
The Bentley Art Prize has been coordinated by Helen Trustum since 2006, prior to which it was coordinated by Reg (1922-2012) and Phyllis (1923-2009) Hartley. The website content is managed by Bentley resident and Hall Trustee Ted Hoddinott and social media content is managed by Art Prize Coordinator Helen Trustum.
Bentley resident Bec White was recently appointed as Administrative Assistant of the Bentley Art Prize.
The Bentley Art Prize is a community event that gives little known artists the opportunity to display their work.
The Bentley Art Prize began in 1985 in the Bentley Public Hall. The Prize was held during the Bentley Hall’s 50th anniversary. Reg and Phyllis Hartley were the driving force behind the Hall Committee. They were co-ordinators for 21 years. Sadly Phyllis passed away in January 2009 and Reg passed away in January 2012. Both are remembered as steadfast visionaries by the Bentley Community.
The first Art Prize gathered 70 entries from all over the district. From humble beginnings the Art Prize has grown to where over 700 entries are accepted from as far as Bathurst in the south and Toowoomba in the north. The Art Prize is held on the first weekend in August each year.
Helen Trustum, also a resident of Bentley and a member of the Bentley Hall Committee, took over as co-ordinator in 2006.
Two major sponsors play a big part in the Bentley Art Prize. They are Tursa Employment and Training and Casino RSM Club. Both contribute $1,000 each for two classes. They are the Tursa Open Painting Prize and the Casino RSM Club Acquisition Prize. The Northern Star are also a major sponsor. Along with other sponsors a total of $8,000 is on offer for the event.