ARTIST BIO

Liam Benson is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice incorporates performance, photography, video and textiles. His work is informed by working collaboratively with diverse communities through an ongoing conversation about how culture, sub-culture and identity interrelate and evolve.

ARTIST CV

Born in Sydney, Australia‚Ä®
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017               I have a wealth of unconditional love and it’s yours if you want it, Artereal Gallery, Sydney

2015               Inheritance, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015               NOBLE SAVAGE, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle

2012               Motherland, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle  

2011               Liam Benson, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle

2011               The Bòcan, The Lewers Bequest, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith

2010               Southern Cross’ Lullaby, The Lock Up residency & exhibition, Newcastle

2006               Werewolves, MOP Gallery, Redfern


COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY PROJECT - ADORNED


2015 – present

Adorned is a community group of individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who share a love of making. Based in Western Sydney’s Parramatta, the group meet weekly to participate in supported creative workshops, share stories and skills, collaborate and create wearable art.
The Adorned workshop series aims to support participants of all ages from culturally diverse backgrounds by providing a friendly, safe and accessible creative space.
Hosted at Parramatta Artist Studios, the workshop series is facilitated by Liam Benson and Kiri Morcombe.

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
                       
2019               Just Not Australian, Artspace, Wolloomooloo

2018               ShhhOUT, Art from a GLBTQIA Perspective, ESD Gallery, Darlinghurst
2018               All of Us, Blindside, Melbourne
2018               Site of Passage, Customs House, Sydney
2018               Les Misérables ’18, Kudos Gallery, Paddington
2018               I Can (Sing) Paint a Rainbow, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor
2018               Art + Body Politic, The Lost ones Contemporary Art Gallery, Ballarat
2018               We, The People Who Live For The Beautiful, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi
2018               Mosaic, LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney, Parramatta Artist Studios, Parramatta

2017               Engender, Alaska Projects, Sydney
2017               Governance, Old Government House, Parramatta
2017               I am, You are, We are, Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn
2017               Good Neighbours, Artbank, Sydney
2017               ADORNED – Wisdom, Memory and Song, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
2017               Unflinching Gaze: photo media & the male figure, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst
2017               64th Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, throughout Australia
2017               Young & Free, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Australia
2017               Exploring Identity: Ned, Koala and Me, Art Space on the Concourse, Chatswood

2016               X/I, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle

2016               The Blake prize, National touring exhibition Australia

2015               Dream Merchant, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill
2015               Imagining Ned, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

2015               Adorned, Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
2015               Dream Merchant, Mosman Art Gallery, Mosman

2015               The Narrative of Location, GAFFA Gallery, Sydney

2015               The Narrative of Location, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2015               Façade, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
2015               Disco Dome, ICE, Parramatta

2015               Street Screen, ACP Paddington


2014-15          Overview, International touring exhibition
2014               Unveiled, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
2014               Compassionate Voices, Rosebery

2014               FOMO, ARTEREAL, Rozelle


2013               Same, Same, Artereal, Rozelle

2013               Please allow me to introduce myself, Strange Neighbour, Fitzroy

2013               Beyoncé is a Feminist, Fontanelle, Bowden
2013               Peripheral Visions: Contemporary Art from Australia, Garis and Hahn, New York

2013               The Social, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown

2013               Blue and Pink Phenomenon, The Substation, Newport


2012               SEXES, Performance Space, Eveleigh

2012               Tough Love, AEAF, Lion Arts Centre North Terrace Adelaide, South Australia

2012               Motherland, ARTEREAL, Rozelle


2011               Hello Dolly, Gaffa, Sydney

2011               The Bòcan, The Lewers Bequest, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith

2011               Femmes & Hommes, John Buckley Gallery – Prahran, Melbourne

2011               Liam Benson, ARTEREAL, Rozelle

2011               The Pioneers, MOP Projects, Chippendale


2010               No Artist is an Island, The Lock Up residency & exhibition, Newcastle

2010               Body capital, Loop Space, Newcastle

2010               Southern Cross’ Lullaby, The Lock Up residency & exhibition, Newcastle

2010               In Temperance, Popup Gallery, Sydney

2010               Re/Gendered, Platform Artists Group Inc. Degraves St Subway (Campbell Arcade), Melbourne


2009               Horror Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Macquarie Park

2009               The More You Ignore Me the Closer I get, The University of Queensland Art Museum,Brisbane

2009               Identifiable Culture, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown


2008               Dream Merchant, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown

2008               Becos I’m Worf It, MOP Projects, Chippendale

2008               Performing for the Camera, Firstdraft Galley, Surry Hills

2008               SafARI 2008, Gaffa, Surry Hills

2008               MAN, Penrith regional Gallery, Emu Plains

2008               Bent Western, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown


2007-08          Our Lucky Country (still different) Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

2007               Becos I’m Worf It, Linden Centre for Contemporary arts, Melbourne

2007               At the Vanishing Point; the show to launch the space, At the Vanishing Point, Newtown

2007               Postcards from the edge, The Black Loft, Dublin, Ireland

2007               Dream Merchant, Kings artist run initiative, Melbourne


2006-07          Our Lucky Country, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

2006               Snowdropping, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown

2006               Overt Compensation: Reloaded, Depot Gallery, Waterloo

2006               Gang Festival 05-06, Pelt Gallery, Chippendale


2005-06          Horsepower, Liverpool Regional Gallery, Liverpool

2005               Designfesta: Through a Strangers Eyes, Tokyo

2005               Gang Festival 05-06, Various spaces, Indonesia

2005               Western front, Art is a Social Space, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown

2005               C-Town Bling, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown

2005               Satellite of love, Bus Gallery, Melbourne

2005               Satellite of love, Phatspace, Darlinghurst

2005               Dress code, MOP Gallery, Redfern

2005               Weapons of Mass Destruction, Mori Gallery, Sydney, February


2004               Sideshow Valley: opening night and installation launch, 2004 SOOB festival, Brisbane

2004               Going Pro Project, The Lewers Bequest, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith

2004               Energex Arbour Contemporary Art Prize, Southbank Brisbane

2004               L’Ovest, Firstdraft Gallery, Surry Hills

 

2003               What the world needs now 2, Phatspace Gallery, Darlinghurst

2003               Decoding Sub-cultures, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown

2003               Self Discipline, Phatspace Gallery, Darlinghurst

2002               Structurally unsound, UWS Grad show, University of Western Sydney, Kingswood

2002               Smudge, Palace Gallery, South Brisbane, Queensland

2002               Queering the streets, Sydney 2002 Gay Games, Sports and Culture Festival

 

AWARDS
 

2016               Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize, Finalist

2016               The Blake Prize, Finalist

2015               The Fishers Ghost Art Award, Finalist

2014               Winner, Champions of the West grant, (Arts category)

2013               Winner, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Award, Gold Coast Art Centre

2013               The Blake Prize, Finalist

2012               Winner, The Hawkesbury Art Award, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach

2011               Winner, The Fishers Ghost Art Award, Contemporary Award

2011               Winner, Hazelhurst art on paper award, Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea

2011               Winner, The Mardi Gras Award

2011               The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, The Substation, Melbourne, Finalist

2007               Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Finalist

2009               Winner, The Fishers Ghost art Award, Photographic Award

2009               The Blake Prize, Finalist

2007               The Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship, finalist 2007

2007               Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast, Finalist

2007               Art and Australia RIPE award, Finalist 2007

2007               Linden Innovators program, Recipient, Linden Centre For Contemporary Art, St Kilda

2006               Iris Award, Finalist, PCP, Perth, 2006

2006               CCP Colour Factory Award, Finalist, CCP, Fitzroy, 2006

2005               Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Finalist, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast

 

 

RESIDENCIES
 

2011               Arteles Creative Centre, Finland

2010               The Lock Up residency, Newcastle

2007               Our Lucky Country residency program, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

 

COLLECTIONS


Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Artbank

Art Gallery of South Australia

University of Western Sydney Art Collection

Private Collections

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