Somerset Regional Art Gallery - The Condensery
29 Factory Road, Toogoolawah
(07) 5423 1036
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday to Sunday 10am – 4pm
Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery has a rich history, formerly home to the Nestle condensed milk factory packing facility.
Now a unique cultural precinct, the gallery hosts rotating exhibitions featuring works across various mediums and is available for workshops and community art events.
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.
This historical site has received multiple awards for the adaptive reuse of the dilapidated factory and its contemporary architecture.
Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery hosts exhibitions of local, regional, state and national content.
Individual artists and groups and organisations can submit an application to exhibit works at the gallery.
All applications will be assessed by the Somerset Condensery Gallery Advisory Committee based on the following criteria:
- Suitability of the exhibition
- Suitability of the content
- Mediums used
- Size of works
- Type and style of work
Successful applicants will be advised of an offer by receiving an Invitation to Exhibit in writing. Successful applicants must formally confirm their acceptance in writing to the committee.
Bookings with a minimum of 10 people include free entry, a 15-minute gallery talk, 15-minute bomb shelter history room talk and morning or afternoon tea overlooking the grounds.
Bookings are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and weekends subject to availability.
Please confirm your time and date two weeks prior to visiting.
School visits are also welcome, and gallery staff will work with the school to tailor an activity to suit the art curriculum where possible.
For bookings or more information, phone 5423 1036, 5424 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the volunteer program at The Condensery 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 and history.
For more information, visit http://www.somerset.qld.gov.au/employment.