Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eveleigh- Industrial Heritage Artist at Work

Eveleigh Rail Yards Community Consultation Open Day – Saturday 30 October 2010
oil painting of heritage machinery and tools in the Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
'Ned Kelly at Eveleigh' an Eveleigh still life
oil painting on canvas 91 x 61 cm 

Enquiries about Eveleigh paintings :
You are invited to share your passion for this important part of Sydney’s industrial heritage and be part of an exciting opportunity to shape the Eveleigh Rail Yards Interpretation Plan. Come along and tell your story and hear from others.
  • Stories professionally recorded
  • Rail Songs and Films
  • Creative Soundscapes in an old workshop
  • Heritage Artist at Work
Venue: Innovation Plaza, Australian Technology Park, Locomotive St, Eveleigh 10:00 am-3:30 pm 30 October 2010
Contact: RSVP essential to or phone 9202 9100.
You can also download the RWA Eveleigh Interpretation Plan Consultation Invite and pass it on to people who might be interested.
If you are unable to come please put your comments and stories in an email or letter and send it to Juliet Suich, Redfern-Waterloo Heritage Taskforce at

(I will be the "Heritage Artist at Work", and will also be exhibiting some paintings of various parts of the Eveleigh Rail Yards ) 
oil painting of blacksmith at the forge using heritage machinery and tools in the Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
'Blacksmith ,Wrought Artworks' Bay 1/2 Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh Railway Workshops 
2010 oil on canvas 122 x 152 cm
Enquiries about Eveleigh paintings :

See my Eveleigh page in this blog

My exhibition at the Sydney Open

An Architectural Adventure
The 'Sydney Open' -presented by the Historic Houses Trust

My paintings will be on exhibition at several venues during the Sydney Open, a biennial event presented by Historic Houses Trust that showcases Sydney’s architectural icons.
On display for one day only on Sunday 7th November 2010

A Blast from the Past at Workplace6

I will exhibit some of my early Pyrmont paintings  at Workplace6, Pirrama Road opposite Star City Casino.

I painted in Pyrmont from the early 1980's until now. These paintings show how far Pyrmont has come since its dark days as an industrial wasteland.
I have witnessed many historic moments in Pyrmont’s metamorphosis. The site of Workplace6 was then occupied by Pier 13, where so many immigrants first set foot on Australian soil. One of the paintings of Pyrmont in the early 1990's, a 'bird's eye view' painted from the rooftop of the old Pyrmont Power Station, ( now replaced by the Star City Casino) shows a big red ship in the background - the now notorious 'Tampa'!
View this painting on my 'Barangaroo from Pyrmont' page at my other blog 'Painting Barangaroo'
I have already sampled the delights of Workplace6, as I was invited to the opening of Paul Signorelli's new foodie haven  'Gastronomia'  as a member of PUCC, the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce.
Pyrmont has certainly changed - I used to have to take my own lunch for a start! The pubs were then a 'no go' area for anyone who wasn’t looking for hard core trouble! I only experienced the odd bit of bother from the local larrikins, and as the locals got used to having an 'Artist in Residence' they would even keep an eye on my belongings and drag my paintings under cover for me if it started to rain. I felt as though I had been adopted as an honorary resident! I used to leave all my stuff lying around in the middle of Jones Bay Road (now called 'Pirrama Road) - there were few cars and the only strangers were from the cruise ships that still docked at Pier 13.
My paintings are a narrative of the abandonment, decay, destruction and reconstruction of an inner-city landscape – a metaphor for deeper changes within Australia. The mood has changed forever, and only my works remain as testament to the passing of an era.
'Pyrmont Goods Yard from the roof of Pyrmont Power Station' 1989
ink,gouache on paper 110 x 130cm 
Pyrmont Goods Yard, Darling Island and Pier 13 from the roof of Pyrmont Power Station. The old Pyrmont/Darling Island goods line has only just ceased operations and the gleaming white Australian National Maritime Museum has only just been built. Cruise ships still docked at Pier 13.
The cluster of sheds under the land bridge to Pier 13 were old signal boxes later refurbished to be sets for the filming of the flamenco scenes of the iconic Baz Luhrman film 'Strictly Ballroom'.
The East Darling Harbour Wharves, often known as the 'Hungry Mile' and now re-christened 'Barangaroo') are in the background.
'Construction of Star City Casino from the top of Pyrmont Power Station' 1996
oil painting on board 40 x 89cm  

The long narrow building on the left, Pier 13, was once connected to Jones Bay Road by a land bridge.
Then Pier 13 became the temporary casino, painted  bright yellow and the land bridge was demolished. Jones Bay Road has since been renamed Pirrama Road and now leads to the steps of Star City Casino, which is now being extensively renovated.
Workplace6 now occupies the site where Pier 13 once stood.
The brilliantly coloured ships in the background are painted to scale; they were so immense that they towered over the buildings. One of the great delights of painting in Pyrmont used to be watching the ebb and flow of ships–sturdy ferries chugging past, enormous cargo ships and majestic tankers. 

I will also be exhibiting some of my Barangaroo paintings at '30 The Bond', the LendLease headquarters as part of the 'Sydney Open' on Sunday 7th November 2010 from 9.30-5pm. For more information, see my post 'Something old, something new- Some paintings at Barangaroo'  at my other blog 'Painting Barangaroo'

Update 17/10/12
Although both my exhibitions were very popular and gave onlookers a unique experience of seeing the past history of these areas in context with their present day surroundings; the Historic Houses Trust has messed me around badly , and I will not be exhibiting in the 2012 Sydney Open.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My New Still life Paintings of Antique Navigation Instruments

 I'm exhibiting these miniature still life paintings in 'Shelf Life' at the Trinity Delmar Gallery 
Saturday 13th November- Sunday 5th December

reflecting quadrant, antique navigation instrument, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Reflecting quadrant and map 2009 oil 10 x 10 cm

sextant, antique navigation instrument, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
John Bird's sextant 2009 oil 10 x 10 cm

celestial globe, antique navigation instrument, oil painting by artist Jane Bennett
Celestial Globe 2009 oil 10 x 10 cm.

Where : Trinity Delmar Gallery
                       144 Victoria St,
                       Ashfield  NSW  2131
                       Tel: (02) 9581 6070
When:    This exhibition opens 3pm on Saturday 13th November          

                      The exhibition continues to Sunday 5th December

                       Gallery Hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5pm

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Artist in Residence at the Maritime Museum

Watch paint dry!
 Plein air painting 
at the 'Classic and Wooden Boat Show'  
Marine Art Exhibition 
at the Australian National Maritime Museum,
16 - 17th Oct 10-4pm
An Update 
As well as exhibiting a few paintings, I'll also have some cards and small cheap works on paper available for sale.
Also - I shall bravely attempt some plein air painting at the Maritime Museum, close to the exhibition!
I will be there all weekend, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm, rain, hail or shine.
Actually you will have to watch for quite a while, before the paint dries - I work in oils!  
I don't know how much serious painting I will achieve, but everyone is welcome to come and watch and ask me questions. I know, this just proves that artists are crazy. It would be just as sensible to set up my easel in the middle of Victoria Road in peak hour.(which I have nearly actually done- it was on the median strip not on the road itself, and it was on a Saturday morning, not actually a weekday peak hour. But it was in the middle of a rather lively anti- Metro rally, so near enough. The result was chaotic yet interesting.)
I expect to do as much talking as painting.
Most people haven't seen an artist at work - one little boy said with wide-eyed wonder that it was like seeing a real live dinosaur! Quite. 
Come along and say "Hi !"
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Wordle: Exhibition at the Maritime Museum