CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH: Ted Hoddinott, marketing manager of Lismore Workers Club, Neale Genge, secretary manager of Casino RSM, Natalie Simes of Busilaw, Lismore, Richard Mackney, president of Lismore Workers Club and Helen Trustum, co-ordinator of the Bentley Art Prize, celebrating the launch of The Bentley Art Prize
CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH: Ted Hoddinott, marketing manager of Lismore Workers Club, Neale Genge, secretary manager of Casino RSM, Natalie Simes of Busilaw, Lismore, Richard Mackney, president of Lismore Workers Club and Helen Trustum, co-ordinator of the Bentley Art Prize, celebrating the launch of The Bentley Art Prize Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Bentley Art Prize opens

YOU have 82 days to get your entries in for this year's Bentley Art Prize.

Co-ordinator Helen Trustum said they expect as many as 700 entries across the 13 categories including the main Tursa Open Painting Prize of $1000.

"Entries are all piling in and it's only been open for a week," Ms Trustum said at yesterday's launch at the Lismore Workers Club.

The Bentley Art Prize is in its 29th year, attracting entries from as far afield as Toowoomba, Bathurst and beyond.

The competition encourages emerging artists to showcase their talent to the wider community.

It has grown tremendously since beginning in 1985, when there were 70 entries across two categories.

The number of entries has grown each year and Ms Trustum said they wouldn't want too many more.

"Our little hall couldn't cope," she laughed.

Ms Trustum has been involved for years and co-ordinator since 2006.

So what's makes it all worth it?

"I like the community spirit and the family atmosphere," she said.

"The hall committee love putting it all together, it's our one big event for the year."

Entries often come from the whole family, "Mum, Dad and the kids normally have a go".

This year, Richmond Dairies have joined Tursa Employment and Training and the Casino RSM Club as major sponsors, contributing to the total pool of $8500 prize money.

Works are displayed at the Bentley Public Hall, midway between Lismore and Kyogle from August 2-4, with the prize winners announced on Saturday, August 3.

Entry details

  • Artists can enter each category once.
  • There are categories for painting, drawing, Aboriginal, art other than painting, golden oldies, students, scrap booking and photography.
  • Fees vary depending on category, with proceeds going toward the upkeep of the Bentley Hall.
  • Click here to download the entry form.