Gaia Installation Launches CRM Society’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

CRM Society 50th anniversary

Programme of Events include concerts by Lost Map Records, Siobhan Wilson and Glasgow Jazz Festival; talks, exhibitions and film nighys in Mackintosh’s only built church.

Gaia – named after the Greek Goddess of Earth – will be open to the public from Saturday 13th May 2023 and run until 24 June, 2023.

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has officially launched its 50th anniversary events programme on Friday 12th May 2023 with the unveiling of Gaia (the Earth) installation by artist Luke Jerram. A programme of anniversary events will take place under Gaia, including concerts by Lost Map Record, Siobhan Wilson, Sunnas Gunnlaugs and Fergus McCreadie and a tribute to Stephane Grapelli by Seonaid Aitken Quintet; there will be talks under Gaia; an exhibition of Unbuilt Mackintosh and film nights.

Gaia is 2.1 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 21km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 181m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon. Measuring six metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.

Disappearing Glasgow by Chris Leslie – 26 May

Talk on Disappearing Glasgow by Chris Leslie, the acclaimed Glasgow-based photographer and filmmaker is celebrated as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history.  Through his multimedia project and accompanying book Disappearing Glasgow, he documents this era of staggering change through photography and film. Chris will tell us what inspired his eight-year project and share stories behind the photographs and films.

‘Lost Map Under Gaia’ Wednesday 31st May

The event will showcase music from the record label, Lost Map, based on the Isle of Eigg. Acts performing are Amy May Ellis (full band); Pictish Trail (solo); L.T. Leif and Lost Map DJs.

Siobhan Wilson, 15 June

Cult Scottish folk favourite, Siobhan Wilson, will perform songs from her new double album: “Recording Of Myself In A Room Of My Own” and “Seeing With Music In Nature”.

Glasgow Jazz Festival Concerts

Friday 16th June, Sunna Gunnlaugs (solo piano) and Fergus McCreadie (solo piano) will perform together and on Saturday 17th June it’s Grappelli Night with Seonaid Aitken Quintet. Award-winning violinist Seonaid pays tribute to her French Jazz violin hero, Stephane Grappelli to mark 25 years since his passing and 30 years since his last performance at the festival.

Unbuilt Mackintosh

An exhibition entitled: Unbuilt Mackintosh showcases stunning architectural models based on the architect’s unbuilt designs. Demonstrating Mackintosh’s architectural vision, the models have been crafted by current Scottish model makers, with their precise dimensions meticulously drawn from Mackintosh’s drawings and documentation. Concentrating on projects that never went past the drawing board, Unbuilt Mackintosh aims to visually represent his wider contributions to architecture.

Series of Film Nights under Gaia

Monday 5th June – Koyaanisqatsi – a 1982 American experimental non-narrative film directed and produced by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke.
Tuesday 6th June – Under the Skin – a 2013 science fiction directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on the 2000 novel by Michael Faber.
Wednesday 7th June – Comfort & Joy – a 1984 Scottish comedy film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Bill Paterson as a radio disc jockey whose life undergoes a bizarre upheaval after his girlfriend leaves him.
Thursday 8th June – Glasgow School of Art films and Small Faces – a 1996 Scottish drama film directed by Gilles Mackinnon about gangs in 1960s Glasgow.

Glasgow Science Festival under Gaia

CRM Society is delighted to be hosting events in conjunction with Glasgow Science Festival under Gaia. Gaia and her Renewable Energy Miracles: For All, Forever: looks forward to how Scotland will help the world achieve net-zero. Visitors can use ‘energy goggles’ to see the planet’s energy for themselves, hitch a ride on a sunbeam and take a once in a lifetime tour of Gaia’s energy system.

Lids Open Day

Lids Open Day will return to Mackintosh Queen’s Cross on 21st June. This event offers members of the public the chance to play the stunning Steinway grand piano on stage in Mackintosh’s only built church, irrespective of their age or ability. Booking is advised.

Commenting on the programme, Stuart Robertson, Director, CRM Society, said:

“We’re thrilled to unveil the magnificent Gaia installation and welcome visitors to see this stunning spectacle and enjoy our exciting 50th anniversary events. We have a packed programme of exhibitions, concerts, talks and film nights under Gaia. Whether you’ve been to Mackintosh Queen’s Cross before, or are visiting for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you. Thanks to Hugh Fraser Foundation and Northwest Partnership for funding this project.”


Tickets for Gaia and other events as listed above, are On sale through EventBrite 


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