Toogoolawah's 100-year old Nestle condensed milk factory packing shed has been restored and transformed into Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery, a contemporary art gallery with sculpture garden and workshop space. The gallery is walking distance from the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail and will feature art exhibitions and be available for workshops and community events.
The opening exhibition showcased 61 unique pieces from 31 different Somerset artists as well as a display from the Toogoolawah and Districts History Group.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann congratulated everyone who contributed to the new art space.
“This facility has been made possible with the support of the Somerset community and for that Council is very appreciative,” Cr Lehmann said.
“As a way of recognising the efforts of the community and linking the community to this new cultural precinct, the opening exhibition highlighted work from talented Somerset artists.”
“I would encourage everyone in the community to visit this new space and enjoy the variety of artwork on display,” Cr Lehmann said.
The Condensery will be open weekly on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
The Condensery was jointly funded by Somerset Regional Council and the Australian Government.
Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann with Somerset artist Susan McConnel and her husband Christopher. The trio are pictured next to Mrs McConnel’s oil on canvas, Leichardt’s Ill Tempered Bullock – Dry Beef Creek.
Attendees at the official opening of the Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery on Friday, 11 December.
Red deer stag sculpture by Bodo Muche has found its new home at The Condensery in Toogoolawah.