Dominic is a multimedia artist working in photography, film, ceramics and textiles. His influences include ‘The Wind in the Willows’, street art, wrestling, hip hop and social justice movements.
Dominic has been based at Venture Arts since 2013. During this time he has shown his work in venues across Manchester, as well as London and New York.
In 2016-17 he took part in ‘Project X’ at HOME Manchester, a year-long professional development programme for talented young creatives from diverse backgrounds. The resulting ‘takeover event’ at HOME, ‘This is Human’, featured Dominic’s Weasel Nation, a playable arcade game he created in partnership with Venture Arts and a professional games designer.
Since 2018 he has been creating an ever-expanding artwork, ‘Weasel Army’ featuring increasing numbers of ceramic weasels. Originally these were all hand made by Dominic, but more recently he has been teaching groups to make their own to add to the army. During the 2020 lockdown, families in Manchester were sent ‘Create your own ceramic weasel’ kits along with video and written instructions by Dominic.
Also during the lockdown Dominic curated his first solo exhibition, ‘Your Nightmares are Coming to Life’, which he launched on Halloween 2020. Read more about this interactive online exhibition here.
In 2018 Dominic received the award for ‘Young Creative of The Year’ at The Manchester Culture Awards.
Your Nightmares are Coming to Life, Venture Arts (solo online exhibition), October 2020-April 2021
The Manchester Open, HOME, January-March 2020
PERSPECTIVES, Greater Manchester, October 2018- February 2019
HEY CLLAY! PRRIVATE VIEW, Venture Arts studio show, March 23rd – April 27th, 2018
This is Human, HOME Manchester, August 2017 (featuring Weasel Nation, interactive video game designed by Dominic Bennett & Pat Farrell in collaboration with Venture Arts)
Heart ‘n’ Sold, Salford, London and New York, 2015-2016
TAKK, Cities of Hope, Manchester 2016