Alumni GradLife e-Newsletter, October 2010
Blue Mountains-based conceptual artist and UWS graduate, Ben Denham, was recently among several artists to perform at the ‘Biodiversity and the Arts’ (opens in a new window) event, held at the Australian Museum and hosted by the University of Western Sydney on 11 September. Read More...
UWS Alumni GradLife members now have access to an exclusive online travel portal, thanks to our dedicated travel partners, World Travel Professionals. Read More...
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Blue Mountains-based conceptual artist and UWS graduate, Ben Denham, was recently among several artists to perform at the ‘Biodiversity and the Arts’ (opens in a new window) event, held at the Australian Museum and hosted by the University of Western Sydney on 11 September.
Ben, who completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours and a PhD at UWS, was also involved in producing a television commercial aired on TVS to promote the event, which aimed to explore the role that the arts has to play in the future of the natural world. Joining sound artist Roger Dean and poet Hazel Smith, Ben created a series of four short films for the event entitled ‘In Elements’.
A prolific practising artist, Ben has exhibited his work at over 20 exhibitions and performance events across Australia and in Singapore and Mexico, has won prizes including the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 2002 and the Ozco ‘New Work’ Grant in 2007/08, and has undertaken several residencies. In February this year, he was Artist in Residence at Serial Space in Sydney, where he undertook interviews with ex-UWS visual arts students, staff and members of the broader art community to document the teaching and art practice which took place as part of the UWS visual arts degree program.
“The strength of that program was really in developing the conceptual side of your practice and making sure you were rigorous in your ideas, and I carried that through to my PhD,” Ben says. “In terms of the technical aspects, which are also very important for any artist, I spent a lot of time developing that on my own.”
In addition to his conceptual films – with In Perspective and Unaided Human Flight: First Instructional among his most recent work – Ben is also producing the latest version in his Rewriting series.
“That project is part of my visual arts practice, and involves using my body in different ways to produce text, through attaching prosthetics to my body or other mechanisms to write text,” he says.
Ben plans to continuing working in both the contemporary art and film realm, but says “ultimately I’d like to write and direct feature films”.
You can view Ben’s work at www.bendenham.com (opens in a new window).
UWS Alumni GradLife members now have access to an exclusive online travel portal, thanks to our dedicated travel partners, World Travel Professionals.
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The event provided an opportunity for prospective students and their families to find out more about courses, admissions, the university’s world-class research, cutting-edge teaching facilities and equipment. Attendees were able to speak with one-on-one with staff and current students to get advice and insights on what it is like to be part of the UWS community, and how the university can help them to achieve their professional and personal goals.
"The campus looked marvellous and it was a wonderful to see how visitors responded to the imaginatively designed and refurbished social spaces, the new buildings and the Female Orphan School and flowed through the information booths and rooms talking with staff and students,” Professor Reid said.
“Everywhere staff members were deep in conversation with enquiring students and families explaining our courses, answering all manner of questions, and providing practical information or guiding arrivals. Even with such large crowds the sense of the extended UWS ‘family’ was palpable, and the enthusiasm heartfelt.”
Check out the UWS YouTube footage for a first hand look at the 2010 UWS Open Day (opens in a new window).