Environment Biennial Information Session

Friday 1 Mar | 11am - 12pm

The Condensery is seeking expressions of interest from artists living in the Somerset Region to participate in a biennial exhibition that connects to themes of the environment.

Join us at this information session with curator Cara-Ann Simpson to learn more. 


The Condensery is establishing a biennial exhibition, devoted to the broader themes of the environment and evocation of place, underpinned by substantial arts development objectives and an extensive engagement program.

This exhibition will be curated by an external curator, rotating each iteration. The external curator would be engaged to undertake the extensive research around the exhibition’s themes and ideas but, more significantly, to conduct a series on studio visits and curatorial discussions with local Somerset artists, who would make and present new work for the exhibition.

The curator will work closely with each of the artists selected (also rotating each iteration) to develop their ideas and stories, provide advice and support and ultimately collaborate on the selection of their strongest work for exhibition.

In addition, the appointed curator will select a complement of artists from across Australia for inclusion that meet the aims of the exhibition and enrich the work of local artists. 

Once the exhibition is presented at The Condensery a suite of programs including artist talks, workshops and activities will extend and enhance audience engagement, led by artists featured in the exhibition.


Information Session – 11am – 12pm, Friday 1 March 2024
Expressions of Interest open – 9am Monday 26 February 2024
Expressions of Interest close – 5pm Wednesday 3 April 2024

Exhibition dates 8 February – 27 April 2025


Cara-Ann Simpson is an artist, curator, educator and consultant. As a multidisciplinary artist, Simpson engages with sensory perception and participation. Her practice spans digital media, photography, sound, olfaction, sculpture, and immersive experiences. Simpson has received the Heysen Prize for Landscape (2022), Arts Queensland funding (2023), and a Regional Arts Fund grant (2023). As an arts worker, she has held leadership and curatorial roles in non-profit and local government organisations. These include Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Trust, and Electrofringe Ltd. Simpson has received awards, grants and recognitions, enabling her to exhibit and speak internationally.