Mackintosh Queen's Cross is one of Glasgow's hidden architectural gems. The only church in the world designed by the great Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Commissioned in 1896 by the Free Church, the simplicity of the design is inspiring. The windows are Gothic in character, yet are infused with the Mackintosh spirit, and the floral motifs he affected can be easily recognised, particularly on the tracery of the large western window above the chancel.
Mackintosh Queen's Cross now houses a plethora of events for the CRM Society and has provided Glasgow with a new venue for weddings, concerts, meetings and seminars. The CRM Society continues to deliver lively learning experiences, workshops and activities for schools, students, adults, families and children. This year the Society launched a new volunteer programme offering new recruits a range of opportunities to get involved in supporting the organisation.
We are still reeling from the devastating fire that has ravaged the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art in the summer.
Thank you to all those who have contacted us in what has been a difficult week for many. We have been inundated with media requests, members enquiries, and maintaining a service for visitors at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
It does not seem that long since we were celebrating Mackintosh’s 150th birthday; one member even expressed that this felt like “a golden age of Mackintosh”. So this is a real body blow to the world of Mackintosh.
We will work to return to that, celebrating Mackintosh’s genius and ensuring his legacy is not lost for future generations.
This beautiful and poignant illustration is the work of Fiona Wilson, a Glasgow based artist who operates out of Wasps Artist Studios in the Trongate area of Glasgow.
Fiona, who lives near to the scene of the fire in the Garnethill area, studied Visual Communication at The School of Art from 1987 until 1991, before becoming a painter.
She said: “I went for a walk this morning and I was thinking about it – I did my graduation thesis on Mackintosh’s style so it’s kind of a big part of my past work of what I did when I studied at the School of Art. “So I guess the rose came to mind and the fact that within tattoo art there’s a lot of eyes and that sort of iconography that’s used – so it’s quite a vintage icon. The two just came together in my mind and I thought ‘I’m just going to sit down and do it’ and put it out rather than just thinking about it and not do anything”.
We will keep you updated on any news we receive from those on-site.
The Mackintosh legacy is small, vulnerable and irreplaceable, and the fire has prompted an outpouring of concern and support from around the world.
Stuart Robertson, Director
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If you are inspired by the creative genius of Mackintosh, would enjoy special events and wish to support the nation’s spectacular Mackintosh heritage, then join the Mackintosh Society today!
Keep a look out for news and event details on the CRM Society website.
We look forward to welcoming you throughout 2015.
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Winter Opening (6 February to 29 March and 1 November to 18 December)
Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am - 4.00pm
Last admission 3:30pm
Summer Opening (1 April to 31 October)
Open Monday to Friday 11am - 4.00pm
Last admission 3:30pm
Please note, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross will be closed throughout January until 6 February 2019 due to arrangements for Celtic Connections. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday
Closed on Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Bank Holiday Mondays, Glasgow Fair Monday, and Christmas to New Year.
Society Members and Children: Free
Free entry to G20 residents on Wednesday afternoons after 1.00pm
Mackintosh Queen's Cross has an excellent library and the shop stocks an extensive range of Mackintosh books and gifts. In our Hall you can relax and have a coffee while watching one of our excellent Mackintosh films.