Curriculum Vitae

b. Newcastle 1983
Lives in Newcastle

Education:
2014 - University of Newcastle, NSW, Bachelor of Fine Art Honours
2011 - University of Newcastle, NSW, Bachelor of Fine Arts
2007 - Newcastle Art School, Advanced Diploma of Fine Art

Residencies, Scholarships, Grants
2020 – Mentor, Mentee Program, Newcastle Art Space
2015 - Space 118, Mumbai, India (two months)
2014 - Jenny Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship, University of Newcastle, NSW
2014 - Commission and Grant Recipient for Public Artwork, University of Newcastle, NSW
2014 - Coast to Dust, Grant Recipient, University of Newcastle, NSW
2012 - Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China (two months)

Performance
2019 – YIELD II, (live painting), Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2019 – Cooked Memories, (live painting) Lass O’gowrie Hotel,
2018 – YIELD, (live painting), Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2017 - paintingtoPAINT (live painting), Newcastle, NSW,
2015 - Art Bender, "Revolution Rabbit Hunt", Work in Situ (live drawing), The Lock Up, Newcastle, NSW, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC58CncvLl0
2014 - SHORTS, Work in Situ (live drawing performance), University of Newcastle, NSW

Solo Exhibitions
2021 – The Savage Divide, The Owens Collective, Newcastle
2018 – Black and White, Cooks Hill Galleries, Cooks Hill
2016 - Mazgaon Musings, Cooks Hill Galleries, Cooks Hill
2015 - Untitled, Forsight Gallery, Cooks Hill
2014 - Semi Conscious: mind over matter, WATT Space Gallery, Newcastle, (BFA, Honours)
2013 - Interfusion, Forsight Gallery, Cooks Hill
2013 - Mix Up, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2011 - Morphogenesis (Pattern_Formation_and_Self_Organisation), TAP Gallery, Sydney
2011 - Dependent Arising, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - Conditioned Genesis, Forsight Gallery, Cooks Hill
2010 - The Whole, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Studio Gallery, East Gosford
2009 - Modern Archaic, Forsight Gallery, Cooks Hill, Newcastle
2008 - Old Skool, Forsight Gallery, Cooks Hill, Newcastle

Group Exhibitions and Art Prizes
2021- Blacktown City Art Prize, Blacktown Cultural Centre
2020 - A PLEASANT DISTRACTION, Cooks Hill Galleries
2020 - Collect, Fundraiser, The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle
2020 - Nexus, Newcastle Grammar School
2019 – Madness and Mayhem, Fundraiser, The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle
2019 – Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation Fundraiser, Newcastle Art Gallery
2019 – CHG Rep Artists, Cooks Hill Galleries
2019 - Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Finalist, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2018 - Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Finalist, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2017 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist Painting, Gosford Regional Gallery
2017 - Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Finalist, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2016 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist Painting, Gosford Regional Gallery
2016 - The Specialists, Cooks Hill Galleries, Newcastle
2016 - Nexus, Newcastle Grammar School
2016 - Art of the Body Politic, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre
2015 - We Get By, Cooks Hill Galleries, The Varley Prize (winner)
2015 - Strokes of Fury, Cooks Hill Galleries
2014 - PAPER, Spot 81, Chippendale, Sydney
2014 - Bloom, Watt Space Student Art Prize, University of Newcastle (Impetus Award)
2014 - The Friends of the University of Newcastle, Finalist, University of Newcastle
2013 - MARKED (Group Drawing Show), Cessnock Regional Art Gallery
2013 - Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, Highly Commended, Newcastle Art Space
2013 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist, Gosford Regional Gallery
2012 - Open Studio Exhibition, ChaoYang District, Beijing
2012 - Shangri La, Open Studios, ChaoYang District, Beijing
2012 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist, Gosford Regional Gallery
2011 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist, Gosford Regional Gallery
2011 - Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Finalist, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2009 - Gosford Art Prize, Finalist, Gosford Regional Gallery
2009 - Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Finalist, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery

Art Related Work
2012 - Present - Newcastle Art Gallery, Gallery Attendant
2007 - 09 - Creative Institute of Arts, Newcastle, Children’s Art Teacher

Selected Publications and Reviews

2016 - A taste of local, national and global, - Newcastle Herald, H2 ART section
2016 - From overload to inspired - http://www.theherald.com.au/st...
2015 - Word Hurl Times Magazine -https://wordhurlantislam.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/wht007inserttitleonline.pdf,
2015 - Newcastle Herald Weekender, - http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3032496/una-rey-milsom-pulls-no-punches/
2013 - The Layman Reviewer - http://thelaymanreviewer.wordpress.com/newcastle-galleries/forsight-gallery/interfusion/
2012 - Return from Red Gate, - http://www.urbaninsider.com.au/newcastle-artist-ben-kenning-return-from-red-gate/
2012 - Noirnotebook, - http://www.noirnotebook.com/2012/01/ben-kenning-interview
2010 - Interviewed and filmed by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) for ArtNation (ABC Sunday Arts Program)
2009 - MODERN ARCHAIC, http://talkathive.wordpress.com/archives/

"within my arts practice I work through a range of mediums and disciplines. What remains consistent throughout is an attempt to capture and articulate the relationship and transitions which occur between the orderly and the chaotic. The viewers imagination is invited to interpret the information presented within their own frame of reference and sense of visual perception, and to see what content emerges.” - Ben Kenning