Year-long programme celebrates 150 years of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A year-long programme of events, Mackintosh 150, has been launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A year-long programme of events, Mackintosh 150, has been launched 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, coming together to create a year-long celebration over the next twelve months.

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 The Willow Tearooms, Miss Cranston’s original Tea Rooms on 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.

Stuart Robertson, Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, said:

“We have created an exciting programme of events in 2018 for Mackintosh 150, with key highlights being the show at Kelvingrove and the opening of Mackintosh at the Willow on Mackintosh’s birthday on 7 June.

“So many people have come together to mark these anniversary celebrations and we look forward to the citizens of Glasgow, as well as national and international visitors to the city, joining us in celebrating the genius of Mackintosh.”

An architect, designer and artist, Mackintosh left a legacy of magnificent work and is considered one of the principal exponents of the Glasgow Style.

Mackintosh’s legacy has been identified as one of the drivers of the Glasgow Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, which aims to grow the city’s economy by increasing overnight leisure tourism visits by one million over the next six years.

Councillor David McDonald, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“The legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh is part of the very fabric of Glasgow and his buildings, art and design are of international importance.  It is absolutely right that we are coming together to celebrate the genius of his work while protecting and enhancing his achievements for generations to come. Mackintosh 150 provides the focal point for enjoying a true giant of art, architecture and design and his place in our shared history.”

Activities for schools, young children and families will take place throughout the year as part of Mackintosh 150 and include art competitions; workshops; story-telling and much, much more.

Further events will be added to the programme and announced in the coming months. More information here.