Condensery gets sketched

Somerset artists participating in the sketchbook workshops ahead of their works being displayed at The Condensery. Pictures: SOMERSET REGIONAL COUNCIL

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 has used sketchbooks over the decades as a scaffold for her contemporary art practice.

A Sketchbook Practice is an exhibition that shares pages from over ninety sketchbooks dating back twenty years to these prompts: ‘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 (SRC) 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.

SRC Deputy Mayor and The Condensery Advisory Committee chair Helen Brieschke said she was 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 Anne Dighton, Betty Williams, Cassandra Hodgins, Dawn Ver Maas, Gail Robertson, Gweneth Litfin, Jan Godfrey, Joanne Coleman, Joanne Hegney, Karen Leahy, Lynne Burgess, Marita Reynolds, Michelle Sparkles, Nelle Smith, Noela Lowien, Paige Garland, Peter Reynolds, Robert Ver Maas, Ros Rowett, Sandi Hook, Shirley Gregor, Stephen George , Sue Howard, Sue White, Susan McConnel and Susan Wellingham 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 19 May and 9 June 2024 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information on the exhibition or workshops visit