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Glasgow Mackintosh Festival, Talks, Exhibitions, Architectural Events in Strathclyde

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Rennie Mackintosh Architecture Events – Lectures, Scotland

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Glasgow Walking Tours – Architecture including Rennie Mackintosh buildings

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Glasgow Mackintosh Festival 2006

This year sees Glasgow’s first city-wide celebration of the work of Mackintosh. Over 100 events have been organised with a focus in September. Highlights include the relaunch of Kelvingrove Art Gallery; the centenary of Scotland Street School Museum; 10th Anniversary of House for an Art Lover and the first-ever exhibition of the work of Mackintosh’s close contemporaries, Frances Macdonald and J.Herbert McNair. An extensive events programme of performance, children’s activities, talks, tours, walks and study days offers something for everyone. For further information visit:

Listings from 30 Jul -12 Aug

225 Scotland Street Glasgow G5 8QB
0141 287 0500
Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School museums(at)

Glasgow Schools Then and Now
This photographic exhibition spans over 500 years of developments in Glasgow’s school, from the fifteenth century to the present day. It features Church schools, industrial schools, the establishment of the School Board in 1873 and the rapid building following World War II.

Wee Architects – Suitable for young children
Find out more about those who design and make the buildings around us. Look at pictures of buildings being made, see the tools used and even try mixing some cement! With stories and a tour of Mackintosh’s famous school.

Designer Mack – Suitable for children and families
An exhibition and a series of workshops inspired by Mackintosh and his designs. Watch the gallery evolve as work created from the workshops is put on display. Highlights of the programme include Mackintosh Puppets, led by puppet master John Blundell; Screen Print School, a bookable workshop for 5-12 year olds and Charlie’s Changing Cupboard, where a community group will transform a cupboard with motifs and designs. Throughout the exhibition there will also be informal make and take activities for children which are featured below. Self-led activities will also be available on a daily basis in the gallery. Drop-in and make a ‘Mack moustache’, a mask or mini-chair.

Charlie’s Changing Cupboard
Two community groups will be involved in transforming plain, everday wardrobes using their own stencil designs and organic painting techniques. Inspiration will be taken from Mackintosh’s furniture designs, which often contain plant-like motifs, insets of glass and shapes cut into wood.

The Saturday Matinee
Each month, we’re screening an old movie favourite from the days of the Corky picture theatre. Take the stairway to the stars, from Garbo to Gable. Bring an empty jeely jar and get the front row seats.

Screen Print School – Suitable for children
Look at the motifs and details in Mackintosh’s gesso panels then screenprint your own.

217 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow, G2 3EX
0141 332 0521
Rennie Mackintosh Tea Rooms sauchiehallstreet(at)

Mackintosh in the Billiard Room
This experience presents the story of the Willow Tea Rooms, focusing on both the architect and his remarkable patron, Catherine Cranston. The display of original and reproduction objects and furniture will be housed in the Billiards Room, a part of the building not been seen by the public for over 70 years.

97 Buchanan Street Glasgow, G1 3HF
0141 204 5242
Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow Tea Rooms

Mackintosh Festival Tea and Festival Lunch
The Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street will celebrate the Festival by offering a Festival Tea, which looks back at the traditions of Kate Cranston’s Tea Rooms and recreates some of the tea-time treats from the period.

University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street Glasgow G12 8QQ
0141 330 5431
Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow house interior hunter(at)

The Mackintosh House Gallery; The Mackintoshes Move House
In 1906, the Mackintoshes moved to a terrace house they had purchased in the West End of Glasgow. The remarkable interiors from that house now form The Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery. The centenary of that move is being marked by this display of Mackintosh’s designs for its remodelling and furnishing.

Mackintosh On-Line
The University’s unrivalled Mackintosh Collection goes on-line, with over 1,000 entries and 800 images – visit

Doves and Dreams: The Art of Frances Macdonald and J Herbert McNair
This exciting exhibition is the first to be devoted to the artist-couple, Frances Macdonald and J. Herbert McNair. With Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald, they formed the famous ‘Glasgow Four’ of the 1890s. The exhibition will include some 100 works from public and private collections, including watercolours, graphics, furniture, metalwork, textiles and decorative art. A highlight will be the reconstruction of the beautiful Writing Room exhibited by the artists in 1902.

The Mackintosh House Gallery: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh
Margaret Macdonald was one of the most gifted and versatile women artists of her generation. This selection of work from the Hunterian’s unrivalled holding highlights her distinctive achievements as a watercolour painter and graphic designer.

Included in admission to the Mackintosh.

Contact 0141 429 6760 trish(at)

Guided Walking Tours
1 Aug – 30 Sep
These half-day walking tours give tourists and Glaswegians alike the opportunity to view the architecture of Mackintosh and his contemporaries. The tours start at The Lighthouse and finish at the Willow Tea Rooms.

167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
Glasgow School of Art
Glasgow School of Art
photo © Adrian Welch
Contact 0141 353 4580
Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art

Guided Tours of the Mackintosh Building

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, G84 9AJ
01436 673900
Hill House : Scottish house thehillhouse(at)

Mackintosh and his Contemporaries
Rarely-seen works by Mackintosh and Jessie M. King from the National Trust for Scotland’s collection together with objects by the successful designer, Archibald Knox, highlight the range of artistic media which came to the fore at the beginning of the 20th century.

Mack & Music with Cathures at the Hill House
Short 30-minute a capella choral concerts directed by Christopher Hampson.

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane Glasgow G1 3NU
The Lighthouse Glasgow
image : David Churchill
Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow Newspaper building

Mackintosh Interpretation Centre
An award-winning exhibition celebrating Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s art, architecture and design. This exhibition includes original artefacts and models alongside an illuminated time-line wall and touch-screen displays. For stunning panoramic views across the city visitors can climb the 137 stairs up the Mackintosh Tower.

Glasgow Style
A small exhibition presenting the history of the Glasgow Style alongside answers, from prominent Glasgow architects and design professionals, to the question–‘What is your favourite Glasgow Style building or thing and why?’

Argyle Street Glasgow, G3 8AG
0141 276 9599
Glasgow Style Gallery museums(at)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style Gallery
As part of the £27.9 million Kelvingrove New Centenary Project, generously supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new gallery will be devoted to Glasgow City Council’s internationally important Mackintosh and Glasgow Style collection, which includes works on display for the first time.

Contact Paramount Special Events Help Desk 01455 898578

Mackintosh Weekends
Enjoy expert private talks and guided tours by Ann Ellis of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most important projects, including his domestic masterpiece – The Hill House and his architectural masterpiece – The Glasgow School of Art.

Glasgow Mackintosh Festival listings received 24 Jul 2006

Location: Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK

Architecture in Strathclyde

Rennie Mackintosh

St Vincent Street Church
St Vincent Street Church
photo © Adrian Welch

CCA Glasgow
CCA Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

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