Exhibitions pay homage to history of Redlands Coast

Two exhibitions with strong links to the history of Redlands Coast will be on display at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland in December.

Mayor Karen Williams said both exhibitions were held in conjunction with this year’s golden jubilee celebrations for Redland Museum.

“These exhibitions provide a fabulous opportunity to explore not only the landscape, people and endeavours of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but also the cultural history of our region,” Cr Williams said.

“One of the exhibitions is a celebration of the work of Richard Randall, a popular artist and teacher who was only 36 when he died in 1906.

“Richard was a member of a prominent Birkdale family and one of his etchings was the inspiration for a lychgate placed at the Clarke Street entrance to Cleveland cemetery in 1927.

“A replica of the lychgate, which was originally commissioned by Richard’s father in memory of his wife and two sons, was installed at the cemetery last year as part of a major upgrade.”

Richard Randall, Self portrait, oil on canvas. Randall Collection, 1925, City of Brisbane Collection, Museum of Brisbane.

Richard Randall (1869-1906): An Artist and Young Birkdale Gentleman Remembered showcases his rarely-seen sketchbooks and artworks in a variety of mediums – oil paintings, pastels, watercolours, pen and ink drawings, and a carved wood panel.

It is presented by Redland Art Gallery in partnership with the Museum of Brisbane and Randall family descendants, some of whom still live in the Redlands.

Cr Williams said the second exhibition, In Focus 2022, celebrated the wealth of artists living and working across Redlands Coast on Quandamooka County.

“It showcases the important role art groups play in the cultural life of the region,” she said.

“As part of Redland Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations, artists have visited local museums and created works in response to an object of their choice.”

Mandy Pearson, Kitchenalia corner objects 2022, watercolour and ink pen on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Both exhibitions will be at the gallery from 11 December 2022 until 22 January 2023.

The official opening will be held on Friday 9 December at 6pm, and a floor talk and morning tea will be held on Sunday 11 December at 10am.

Bookings are essential for both events, via the Redland Art Gallery website.