Damian Bancks was born in Sydney, Australia where, in his twenties he discovered an interest in photography. At the age of 30 he moved to Waiheke Island, New Zealand for 4 years. Upon returning to Australia he settled in Wollongong on the south coast of NSW where he studied the Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts at West Wollongong TAFE majoring in Painting.
For 2 years while studying he served on the Management Committee of the Artist Run Initiative, Project Contemporary Artspace in Wollongong.
Over the past few years Damian has exhibited frequently in Wollongong including a huge solo exhibition ‘Kicking up a Storm’ at Project Contemporary Artspace in 2008.
In 2009 Damian was selected to be a part of the inaugural ‘Local: Current’ exhibition at Wollongong City Gallery.
In late 2007 Damian started what was to become Bunkershed Studios in Wollongong, culminating in the ‘Bunkershed’ group exhibition at Project Contemporary Artspace in 2010.
2011 saw Damian open his own commercial art gallery The Hanging Space in Wollongong’s northern suburbs. After the first year, due to illness, Damian passed ownership of his gallery onto IAVA (Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts). Damian than joined IAVA in late 2012 & as a committee member returned to co-manage The Hanging Space.
In 2012 Damian was a finalist in The Fishers Ghost ‘Works On Paper’ Art Prize.
2013 saw Damian step back up onto the management committee of Wollongongs Project Contemporary Artspace.
2013 also saw Damian invited by Curator Virginia Settre to be in Wollongong Gallery’s ‘Me The Road & I’ exhibition looking at narratives of refugee passage and identity. As part of this exhibition Damian ran a series of art workshops for refugee men. And as part of the gallery’s public education program Damian also ran a series of his Exercises In Letting Go drawing/collage workshops.