Jackie Benney


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Jackie lives in south-west Sydney and has been teaching in the secondary education system as a visual arts teacher and learning support teacher coordinator for over 20 years. Her artwork, containing a strong social justice focus, has been exhibited in solo shows since 2007. She works predominantly in drawing media with brush and ink, as well as working on figurative subject matter which depicts concepts stemming from her everyday interactions and experiences. An enduring thread in her practice has been the plight of asylum seekers and the innocence of children. Jackie worked as a volunteer for two years at Villawood detention centre providing art classes for children and mothers.

She has received several awards, including the 2007 Fisher’s Ghost Emerging Artist Award, 2007 Going Public New South Wales Regional Artist Award and the 2001 Fisher’s Ghost Local Artist Prize.

Jackie’s solo exhibitions have included; 2016 Solo show at Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 2013 Collaboration with Keith Chidzey, ‘I Want My Mum To Come’. McGlade National Gallery, ACU Strathfield, NSW, and the 2008 Solo show at Red Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Jackie’s group exhibitions have spanned the 2017 Collaboration with Lorne Johnson using image and poetry, 2014 Collaboration with Keith Chidzey, finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art awards, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, NSW, 2007 Fisher’s Ghost Awards, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, NSW, 2007 Going Public Art Awards, 2007 1200K West Fowler’s Gap Exhibition, College of Fine Arts Space Gallery, Sydney, 2006 Teacher’s Federation Art Prize, Sydney, and the 2001 Fisher’s Ghost Awards, Campbelltown Regional Gallery, NSW.