Richard Randall Art Studio Gallery

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Posted 2023-06-01 by Gillian Chingfollow
The is a historic Brisbane gallery space for today's artists to display their works and for viewers to enjoy original works

Of course, the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens is a place of horticultural delight as a premier sub-tropical garden housing 52 hectares of plants. But did you know it is also an artistic hub and houses one of Brisbane's oldest art studios!

About the Richard Randall Art Studio
The Richard Randall Art Studio is located within the Bamboo Garden of the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens at Toowong and recognises the art and life of one of Brisbane's earliest artists.

The century-old studio was built in 1900 in the Federation style and so significant is its existence that received heritage listing in 1992. Entry is via a narrow wooden walkway. The single-storey cottage is light and airy and is an intimate space that accommodates less than 50 people. The polished wooden floors and the VJ walls are charming architectural features.

The steeply-pitched roof is clad in red Marseilles tiles with terracotta finials and metal acroteria, and has timber-lined eaves. The front section of the roof has a half gable, while the rear is hipped, extending over the rear verandah.

One of the most outstanding features is a large rectangular inclined skylight supported by timber mullions, the bottom of which meets the top of a projecting bay window. This tripartite window consists of a central sash window with casements on either side. The upper portion of all 3 windows is multi-paned, while the lower portions have a single pane. (Source: Wikipedia)

The front is encased in a wooden picket fence painted in heritage colours.

Who was Richard Randall?
Richard John Randall was born on 5 February 1869-1906) in South Brisbane. He studied in the UK and returned to Brisbane in 1899 where he became a talented and prolific painter, particularly of landscapes as well as portraiture.

His studio was located at Cordelia Street in South Brisbane. Tragedy struck when Richard died unexpectedly from a cerebral tumour at just 37 on 15 October 1906. His father boldly supported Richard's works publishing memorial publications as well as gifting his works to the City of South Brisbane and the maintenance of his studio which at the time was also situated in South Brisbane. The studio was later relocated and restored to its current Toowong location as a public asset.

To further commemorate Richard John Randall and his studio, a small plaque sits at the entrance to the studio which provides a summary of his life and the studio. From the entrance, you can also catch a glimpse of the white dome of the Planetarium which neighbours the studio.

Visiting the Studio Today
Today, the Studio is available for hire by the public. Exhibition hire is $40.00 per day and Exhibition hire is $165.80 per event. So if you are an artist or art group this may be a site to keep in mind for your next series of works.

While I was at the Studio of what turned out to be a busy and popular Sunday morning, an exhibition was in progress displaying the works of Brisbane artists, Sharyn Northcott and Donna Shumin which among other images included harnessing and celebrating the beauty of flowers as well as ocean scenes.

Past exhibitions have included:
- Shared Journey - Exploring The Landscape Through Painting
Fri 1 Jul 2022 – Thu 14 Jul 2022.

What Else
The is wonderful to enjoy original art. Entry to the Studio is free and free parking is also available on-site at the Mt Cootha Botanic Gardens. The studio is open from 8& #8239 ;am to 10& #8239 ;pm Monday to Sunday. Toowong is situated 5 kilometres or 15 minutes from the Brisbane Central Business District.

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