Gary first came to prominence during his association with the old BNTVA’s successful Recognition Campaign. From a chance meeting between friends in common Gary teamed up with the then BNTVA Chairman Nigel Heaps and produced a series of fine art pieces inspired by the story of our Nuclear Test Veterans.

 

Gary Bennett

Gary Bennett

The pieces were the central core of the ‘Shadow of the Bomb’ art exhibition that was used to raise awareness of the campaign. Touring Westminster, Oxford Street, The Isle of Man, Coventry and the Labour Party conference in Brighton the exhibition gave the campaign access to key political figures and was undoubtedly a major factor in securing Government recognition of the veterans and the creation of the Aged Veterans Fund.

Since touring with the Shadow of the Bomb, Gary has continued his artistic career and in 2017 was selected to join the Armed Forces Arts Society.  In his first exhibition with the society at the Lighthouse Gallery in Glasgow, Gary was awarded a prestigious award by the “GreatArt” company.

Shortly after receiving the award Gary became the curator of the Sayle Gallery in Douglas, Isle of Man. Through the Sayle Gary is now curating exhibitions of esteemed original works by Picasso, Hockney, Gormley, Hodgkin, Blake, Hurst, Opie, Rego and even some of his own pieces.

The Manx Museum is currently in the process of assembling a permanent exhibition which will feature a significant amount of Gary’s works and he is working on a new collection of paintings that have already attracted the attention of the new Knockaloe Museum.  Knockaloe was a key internment camp during the First World War and the new museum is scheduled to open by November 2019.

Gary has an ongoing sculpture commission for the Royal British Legion on the IOM and has a number of fine art exhibitions planned throughout 2019.

Gary has recently donated one of his nuclear veteran inspired artworks to the CHRC at Brunel University London.

Whatever Gary is doing you can be assured that he continues to champion the Nuclear Test Veterans and our community.