26 April, 2024

Condensary art exhibit

Opening this May, The Condensery in Toogoolawah will present a major collaborative exhibition by Ipswich-based artist Deb Mostert and 26 Somerset artists.

Lead artist Deb Mostert.
Lead artist Deb Mostert.

Lead artist Deb Mostert has used sketchbooks over the decades as a scaff old for her contemporary art practice.

A Sketchbook Practice is an exhibition that shares pages from over ninety sketchbooks dating back twenty years to prompt: ‘What does it mean to keep a sketchbook?’ and ‘How does your perception of the world change through keeping one?’.

As part of A Sketchbook Practice, Deb Mostert visited Somerset Regional Council’s art gallery, The Condensery, and held workshops with Somerset artists.

Supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, these sessions explored sketching as a means for daily observation, discovery and wonder.

A collection of community sketchbook displays, created by Somerset artists, will showcase the depth and diversity of the artists, but also the day-to-day character of the region. Somerset Regional Council Deputy Mayor and Chair of The Condensery Advisory Committee, Helen Brieschke, is excited about the upcoming exhibition.

“Council is excited to see 26 artists represented in this exhibition,” Cr Brieschke said.

“The Condensery is an important art gallery for our region that aims to support and inspire local artists to reach their full creative potential. This is a great outcome.”

Somerset artists such as Anne Dighton, Betty Williams, Cassandra Hodgins, Dawn Ver Maas, and Gail Robertson, to name a few, will be represented in the display.

A Sketchbook Practice will officially open on Saturday, 4 May from 4pm to 6pm.

Deb Mostert will return to Somerset to run Sunday Sketching workshops during the exhibition on Sunday, May 19 and Sunday, June 9 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information on the exhibition or workshops, visit


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