A year-long programme of events has been launched (14 December 2017) to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Exhibitions, events, seminars and tours will take place across 2018 to celebrate the incredible legacy and creative genius of Glasgow’s great cultural icon.
Mackintosh 150 is being co-ordinated by Mackintosh heritage partners from across Glasgow and beyond, who have come together to create a year-long celebration throughout 2018.
Highlights include a major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a programme of events at The Lighthouse and at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, as well as the re-opening of Mackintosh at the Willow, Miss Cranston’s original Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street. The Glasgow School of Art, The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, House for An Art Lover and the new V&A Dundee will all play host to dedicated event and exhibition programmes.
As well as commemorating his remarkable achievements, Mackintosh 150 provides a focal point in safeguarding Mackintosh legacy for future generations, inspiring more young people to take an interest in art and design and promoting the unique portfolio for visitors and tourists.
Mackintosh 150 takes place as multi-million pound investment in Mackintosh’s built heritage continues at: The Glasgow School of Art, The Hill House in Helensburgh and the Sauchiehall Street Tearooms, while 2018 will also see restoration projects, such as the Oak Room at V&A Dundee, brought to life.
Born in Glasgow on 7 June 1868, Charles Rennie Mackintosh went on to be regarded as one of the most creative figures of the 20th century and a leading figure in both the Scottish Arts and Crafts Movement and European Art Nouveau.
An architect, designer and artist, Mackintosh left a legacy of magnificent work and is considered one of the principal exponents of the Glasgow Style.
Glasgow is home to the world’s pre-eminent collection of Mackintosh buildings, drawings and designs, which can be explored at venues across the city as well as at two key attractions in nearby Helensburgh.
Organisations and venues taking part in Mackintosh 150 include:
During the year we have an exciting programme of events taking place at Mackintosh Queen's Cross. Details will be revealed in the coming weeks.
You can book all the events at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross at mackintosh/eventbrite, or tel. 0141 946 6600
An extraordinary art installation, named Museum of the Moon, is making its debut in Scotland this summer.
The installation is being brought to Scotland by UZ Arts who are working in partnership with Synergy Concerts, Take Me Somewhere festival, The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and Kelburn Castle Estate.
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The moon has been stunning viewers across the world and now the people of Scotland will get the opportunity to see the highly detailed installation for themselves.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
A series of events including specially commissioned music, film, talks and performances from artists inspired by the moon, will take place at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross between 11th May and 24th June 2018, part of the celebrations for Mackintosh 150 – the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth. The moon will then move on to Kelburn Castle Estate where it will be visible at the annual Kelburn Garden Party from 29th June until 1st July.
The first live music event under the moon at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross will take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May and is entitled: Museum of the Moon presents: Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd’s 1973 seminal album, will be performed live by Start to End’s world class seven piece band. Doors 7.30pm. Over 14s. Tickets £20.00.
Neil Butler, Artistic Director, UZ Arts – Scottish producers of the show – commented: “The Museum of the Moon has an extraordinary presence and provides a magical experience for the public. In the setting of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross it will provide inspiration for the artists and musicians who will create their lunar inspired events beneath the Moon. At the Kelburn Garden Party, the Moon will be located in the Neverending Glen – one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland.”
Brian Reynolds of Synergy Concerts, said: “Mackintosh Queen’s Cross is already the most beautiful venue in Glasgow and this is one of the most breathtaking installations I’ve ever seen. I’m thrilled to be collaborating again with my dear friend and ex Arches comrade, LJ Findlay Walsh. I’ve got some brilliant concerts and events up my sleeve including the world class Start to End musicians performing Pink Floyd’s classic album Dark Side of The Moon, while you examine the dark side, in the light.”
LJ Findlay-Walsh of Take Me Somewhere festival, said: “Take Me Somewhere champions artists working in distinctive and radical ways and aims to bring transformative cultural experiences to the city of Glasgow. We are delighted to bring Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram to the communities within Maryhill and the city more widely. A unique work, it encourages many things from wonder and reflection to celebration, also acting as a reflective surface for its environment, the beautiful Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.”
Stuart Robertson, Director of The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Museum of the Moon to Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. The Moon has been a major influence on artists, musicians and poets throughout the centuries. A young Charles Rennie Mackintosh was no different; in 1892 he created his first symbolist watercolour, The Harvest Moon. This depicts the annual phenomenon, when the first full moon is closest to the autumnal equinox or the time of year when crops are traditionally harvested. We have a programme of exciting events running alongside Museum of the Moon which will be revealed in the coming weeks. This is going to be a spectacular event and a must-see if you are in Glasgow this summer!”
Museum of the Moon will then move on to Kelburn Castle in Largs for the annual Kelburn Garden Party from 29th June until 1st July. This is part of a major new arts initiative in the Neverending Glen, currently being developed by the Kelburn Estate and UZ Arts.
Full programme details will be announced in March 2018. Tickets for the various events can be purchased here.
The Four – the name given by their student friends to Margaret and Frances Macdonald, Herbert MacNair and Charles Rennie Mackintosh – have never been the subject of a wide-ranging critical study. Roger thought the 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth was an ideal time to address the questions surrounding their work and look afresh at their relationships as artists – not just as friends and then married couples.
Roger has long believed that Mackintosh was not the leader of the new style that grew up in Glasgow, specifically at Glasgow School of Art, in the 1890s. He might have broken new ground with his watercolour The Harvest Moon and early decorative works but it was the Macdonald sisters, particularly the younger Frances, who led the way in turning these ideas into a new style. Mackintosh’s public career, however, both in Glasgow as an architect and in Europe as a designer, focussed attention on him and his later achievements and led to him being seen as the ‘leader’ of the group, particularly in Europe.
The precocious Frances – who enrolled at Glasgow School of Art at the age of 16 – invented their new vocabulary and perfected their novel palette, often collaborating with her sister Margaret and friend – and future husband – Bertie MacNair. It was almost certainly she who drove their move into decorative metalwork, pulling the others, including Mackintosh, with her.
Eddi Reader and John Douglas
Celtic Connections this year has been another amazing success with over 3000 people attending 10 fabulous concerts at Mackintosh Queen's Cross.
They included the fabulous Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue), Findlay Napier, Eddi Reader, Mandolin Orange, Teddy Thompson, Vasen and Aizle, Alela Diane, Willy Vlautin, Joe Henry, Siobhan Wilson and Sam Baker.
The Mackintosh Church was the highlight of our Mackintosh trip to Glasgow. It was the most authentic experience of all the buildings we visited, it was delightful.
An awe-inspiring building
Glasgow's hidden gem
A pleasure to visit - friendly staff
An artistic treasure house
A truly beautiful space
Simplicity at its best
Breathtaking – a beautiful space – peaceful and inspiring
Mackintosh was a genius
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Future Events in 2018
Celtic Connections, Museum of the Moon etc.
Year round programme…
We also do tours, weddings, conferences, exhibitions, educational programmes and cultural events.
Tickets available from Mackintosh Church
Tel: 0141 946 6600