Chris Bennie is an artist living in Brisbane, Australia. He graduated with a Doctorate of Visual Arts in 2009 from Griffith University where he was awarded a Griffith University Post Graduate Scholarship to research Authenticity, Video Art, and the Spectacle of Contemporary Existence. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and participated in major group exhibitions in prestigious venues nationally and internationally including Oceans From Here, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2018); Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2017); Innerspace, Canberra Contemporary Artspace (2015); The National Artists Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2013); New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2011); Photo LA, Los Angeles (2010); Biennale of Sydney: Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Sydney/online (2008); Contemporary Australia: optimism, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); and +Plus Factors, Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2006).
His solo exhibitions include: The Citizens, a Clutch Collective project, Park Genie, Bowen Hills (2017); Mood Swings, Griffith University Pop Gallery, Brisbane (2017); On Top, In Front, Gold Coast City Gallery (2017); When Will We Ever be Forever Together, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2015); Control Rooms + The Waves, PhotoAccess, Canberra (2015); A Wee Sunset, Linden Contemporary Art Centre, Melbourne (2010); Jordie, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Project Space, Adelaide (2009); and Slower, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003). His work has won The Gold Coast Art Prize (2012); Swell Sculpture Festival Prize (2013); The Clayton Utz Art Prize (2014); and highly commended in The John Fires Art Prize (2013).
Chris is dedicated to the advocacy of visual culture within society and has pursued many projects that facilitate opportunities for not only his own work but also his colleagues and peers. Since his undergraduate training at the Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast Campus 2001 he has directed an artist run initiative (MSSR, 2006-11); contributed to industry boards and committees (The Walls Art Space board member, Regional Arts Development Fund committee, Asialink Selection Committee); facilitated exhibitions and developed Public Programs (Griffith University Art Museum 2011-13, The Walls Artspace 2013—); provided art handling services to major art museums (Institute of Modern Art, Gallery of Modern Art, University of Queensland Art Museum, Museum of Brisbane 2005-2013); and contributed to education at Secondary and Tertiary levels (Flying Arts Artist on Tour and sessional and fixed term contracts at Griffith University and University of Canberra/Tafe Brisbane).
Chris is regularly invited to deliver artists talks, workshops and contribute his industry and conceptual experience to pre-selection committees and on panel discussions/symposiums (The Churchie Emerging Art Award 2013/2018, The Elaine Bermingham National Watercolour Prize 2017, Swell Sculpture Festival 2017).
His contribution to the ecology of the sector has been awarded in the form of numerous grants and prizes including: two Australia Council New Work Grants (2010, 2013); a Regional Arts Development Fund Grant ($12000, 2013); Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks Grant ($20000, 2007); and Arts Queensland Development and Presentation Grant ($50000, 2007). In 2014 he was awarded a $12000 Asialink Residency to Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo to research communities and objects affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami.