Charles Rennie Mackintosh Festival

Rennie Mackintosh furnitureGlasgow Mackintosh Festival 2006

Charles Rennie Macintosh is arguably Glasgow's most important architect. He has left the city a rich heritage of impressive buildings characterised by his unique and timeless approach to design. Both the man and his work are celebrated with the new Glasgow Mackintosh Festival.

Over 100 events have been organised and whilst the main focus is on September, there is plenty to see throughout the year. 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.


225 Scotland Street, Glasgow G5 8QB
0141 287 0500
Daily 10.00am-5.00pm (except Fri and Sun 11.00am-5.00pm)

School's Education Programme

Until 30 December
To make a booking, or to find out more information, phone 0141 565 4112/4113.

Wee Architects ? Suitable for young children

Until 30th December
Suitable for Nursery / Primary 1 groups
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.
Pre 5's £10.00, Primary 1 £25.00

Sketching Tour of School

Until 30th December
Guided tour of Scotland Street School focusing on its design and architecture. Following this, choose to sketch some of the details of the building, such as the stonework motifs or decorative railings.
£25.00 per class

Queens Cross Church

Charlie's Changing Cupboard

8 August 1.00pm-3.00pm
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. Limited spaces for 2 community/adult groups. Book early! To make a booking or find out more information please call 0141 287 0500


217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3EX 0141 332 0521
Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm, Sun 11.00am-5.00pm

Mackintosh in the Billiard Room

Until 31st October
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

Photo: Kelvingrove Art Gallery opening concert.

Mackintosh Festival Tea and Festival Lunch

Until 30th October
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
Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.00pm; Extended September Opening - Sun 12.00pm-4.00pm and Holiday Weekend (Fri 22-Mon 25 September). Free on Sat 17 June.
Admission to the Mackintosh House £3.00, £2.00 concessions; Free Wednesday Afternoons after 2.00pm.

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

12th August - 18th November
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.
Sponsored by Keppie.
Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm; Extended September Opening - Sun 12.00pm-4.00pm and Holiday Weekend (Fri 22-Mon 25 September)
£3.00; concessions £2.00; £5.00 joint entry for exhibition and The Mackintosh House.

The Mackintosh House Gallery: Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

12th August - 18th November
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.
Mon-Fri 9.30am - 5.00pm, Extended September Opening - Sun 12.00pm-4.00pm and Holiday weekend (Fri 22-Mon 25 September).
Included in admission to the Mackintosh.


Contact 0141 429 6760

Guided Walking Tours

1st August - 30th September
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.
Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm-4.00pm


167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RQ
Contact 0141 353 4580
10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.00pm and 2.30pm.


Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, G84 9AJ
01436 673900
Daily 1.30pm-5.30pm
Entry to the Hill House is £8.00, £5.00 concessions, Family £20.00; Includes entry to exhibitions. Group bookings are available by prior arrangement in the morning only.

Mackintosh and his Contemporaries

3rd August - 31st October
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

3rd August - 3rd August
Short 30-minute a capella choral concerts directed by Christopher Hampson. Contact John Wilde 0777 407 2311; or visit 7.00pm


11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU
Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri and Sat 10.30am-5.00pm, Tue 11.00am-5.00pm, Sun 12.00-5.00pm
Entry to The Lighthouse £3.00, £1.50 concessions, £1.00 children.

Mackintosh Interpretation Centre

Permanent exhibition
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

Permanent exhibition
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 Tel: 0141 276 9599
Daily 10.00am-5.00pm (except Friday and Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm)

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style Gallery

11th July - 1st December
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;

Rennie Mackintosh Legacy at OranMor

Books on Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Alan Crawford. Thames & Hudson world of art

Charles Rennie Mackinthos and Glasgow School of Art. Barnes. H. Jefferson.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Architcet and Artish. Robert Macleod.

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