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The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery

The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery

 

The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery is a vibrant cultural precinct in the Somerset region.

 

 

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About Us
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About Us

The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery has a rich history, formerly home to the Nestlé condensed milk factory packing facility. The historical site has received multiple awards for the adaptive reuse of the dilapidated factory and its contemporary architecture.

Now a unique cultural precinct, the building hosts regular changing exhibitions and workshops and various events throughout the year. Our program presents both regional and national artists in solo and group presentations across media as well as drawing major touring exhibitions of contemporary art to the Somerset region.

Visit the gallery and be greeted by a hand-sculptured bronze red deer statue by world renowned Somerset artist, the late Bodo Muche. The sculpture represents an important part of Toogoolawah’s heritage – a gift of red deer from Queen Victoria in 1873 in celebration of the state being named in her honour.

Two stags, Norman and Bolingbroke, and four hinds, Atlas, Alma, Ada and Martha arrived from the Windsor Castle gardens aboard the Great Queensland and were released on the McConnel family property on 19 September 1873. You may catch site of their descents roaming the paddocks nearby.

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Exhibitions
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Exhibitions

The gallery aims to present a program of dynamic and vibrant contemporary art exhibitions, artist projects and activities that excite and inspire visitors and create a space for discussion, connection and learning. See more information on our current exhibition below.

Slow Churn | 9 April 2022 - 3 July 2022

ZANNY BEGG | LINDY LEE | MYLYN NGUYEN | JODY RALLAH | YASMIN SMITH | JUDY WATSON | ELIZABETH WILLING

In the face of a changing climate, global shifts in agriculture and food production and the increased recognition of traditional land management strategies, artists in Slow Churn explore the delicate interactions and interdependencies that exist between us and our natural world.

With the immediate needs of humanity at the core of many actions and policies that govern the environment, this exhibition considers the impacts of this human centric pace by turning to the adaptions and transformations of our insect life, soil, waterways, skyscapes and produce for alternative perspectives.

CURATED BY OLIVIA WELCH & RACHEL ARNDT

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Somerset Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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Visit
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Visit

We look forward to welcoming you at The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery. We are situated at 29 Factory Road, off the Brisbane Valley Highway, in the village of Toogoolawah, Queensland.

There is ample parking and free Wi-Fi is available across the building.

Admission is free.

Our opening hours are:

Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM

Saturday to Sunday 10AM to 4PM

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Become Involved
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Become Involved

Volunteer with Us

If you would like to become more involved, please join our volunteer program at The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery and broaden your creative horizons, learn about the building’s history and receive great rewards.

Benefits of the program include free Somerset tourism tours with exclusive behind the scenes opportunities, VIP invitations to special events and opening nights, and the chance to learn all things art.

Exhibit with Us

Local and regional artists are supported at The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery. If you would like to be considered for our upcoming program please contact us for an application form.

We engage local artists to facilitate workshops and programs too. If you would like to be considered for a workshop, please send us your CV and area of practice. You must hold public liability insurance and have some prior experience.

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Contact Us
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Contact Us

For more information, bookings or enquiries please contact us on (07) 5423 1036 or thecondensery@somerset.qld.gov.au

Follow us on Facebook for regular updates about The Condensery - Somerset Regional Art Gallery.

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Events
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Events

Please contact us for more information on group bookings. Bookings are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and weekends subject to availability.

School and preschool visits are also welcome, and gallery staff will work with the school to tailor an activity to suit the curriculum where possible.

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