Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Glasgow's Art Nouveau Genius

Barcelona has Gaudí, Chicago has Frank Lloyd Wright and Glasgow has the pioneering Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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 a world class collection of Mackintosh buildings, drawings and designs open for visitors to explore across the city including: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Mackintosh at the Willow, The Lighthouse, Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow Art Club, Scotland Street School Museum and Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

Meanwhile, the stunning House for An Art Lover in Bellahouston Park was designed by Mackintosh in 1901 for an architectural competition that was eventually realised in 1996.

Mackintosh 150

A year-long programme of events has been launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Exhibitions, events, seminars and tours are taking place throughout 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 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 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.

Organisations and venues taking part in Mackintosh 150 include:

· Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (Glasgow Life)

· The Lighthouse (Glasgow City Council)

· Glasgow Art Club

· V&A Dundee

· The Hill House, Helensburgh (National Trust for Scotland).

· House for an Art Lover

· Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church

· The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

· Mackintosh Club, Helensburgh

· Scotland Street School Museum (Glasgow Life)

· The Hunterian – University of Glasgow

· Mackintosh at the Willow (Willow Tea Rooms Trust)

View the full press release here.

·Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style. A major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (30 March - 14 August 2018)

Mackintosh at the Willow

The original Mackintosh Tea Rooms opened at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on the 29th October 1903. The fully restored Tea Rooms and the new Visitor Centre has been undergoing a phased opening since Mackintosh's 150th birthday celebrations on 7th June 2018, with the official opening of "Mackintosh at the Willow" in September 2018.

The ‘A’ listed Willow Tea Rooms Building is recognised internationally as the only surviving tea room designed in its entirety by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is recognised as one of the finest examples in the world of a complete Art Nouveau scheme. Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, had total control over both the architecture and decorative elements, from the exterior to the interior including the design of the cutlery and the waitress’s uniforms.

The major restoration project led by The Trust, will conserve and interpret the building’s unique heritage, offer increased accessibility with the installation of new visitor facilities and provide a range of opportunities for learning and skills development.

Scotland Street School Museum

Scotland Street School kicks off its Mackintosh 150 scheduling in March 2018 with “What I myself consider my own personal ideal” – a family orientated building tour exploring Mackintosh’s fractious relationship with the school board and the mysterious symbols he incorporated into his design.

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse in Mitchell Lane will be offering 40-minute tours of the building each Saturday throughout the year detailing the history of the building up to the present use as a centre for architecture and design. Tours will cost £5 (£3 concessions) and be available on a first come first serve basis on Saturdays at 1pm throughout 2018.

Amongst the centre’s special Mackintosh 150 programming will be an ongoing series of archive film footage exploring aspects of Mackintosh’s architecture and the city of Glasgow, through screening events and exhibitions as well as an installation in the water tower as part of The Lighthouse’s ongoing partnership with Cryptic/Sonica.

‘All The Young Nudes’ meanwhile will take inspiration from the works of Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald and deliver two exciting life drawing events with The Lighthouse, which will present vibrant, multimedia scenes with live music for attendees to sketch and develop drawing skills.

Mackintosh Queen's Cross

The only church designed by Mackintosh, this stunning venue will be showing an exhibition of Mackintosh’s drawings from his travels in Italy and other activity including dance, music and art events; workshops, walks and talks.

Glasgow Art Club

Steeped in culture and heritage, Glasgow Art Club on Bath Street has long been a private meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. The Grade A-Listed Clubhouse is resplendent with historically significant interior features – many of which were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh when he was only 25 years old - and include the recently recreated Mackintosh Frieze.

Painted in 1893, the stencilled artwork was Mackintosh's first major public work and the centrepiece of the club's Gallery.

In 2018 Glasgow Art Club will operate free guided tours every Tuesday at 11.30am from the beginning of October until mid-December. Booking is essential with a maximum of 12 places per tour. Tel: +44 (0)141 248 5210 or email:

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Glasgow Cathedral

Charles Rennie Mackintosh had a lifelong connection with Glasgow Cathedral. As a young man living, having been born in nearby Townhead and growing up in Dennistoun, he sketched details of the Cathedral and its surroundings, and he was involved in redesigning the chancel, working with John Honeyman.

This exhibition will also show how Mackintosh used Glasgow Cathedral as the template for his submitted design for Liverpool Cathedral.

Selected sketches and photographs will be displayed, in this exhibition curated by Dr James Macaulay, a world authority on Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Mackintosh House at The Hunterian

The Hunterian is home to an unrivalled collection of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, the artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.

The Hunterian Art Gallery, on the University of Glasgow campus, features The Mackintosh House, a meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors of their Glasgow Home.

A new Mackintosh interpretation centre will open at The Mackintosh House in the summer of 2018.

The Mackintosh Club, Helensburgh

Designed in 1894 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Mackintosh Club is Helensburgh's creative hub for Architecture, Art, Design and Music and has a programme of exhibitions, workshops and food and drink events in the pipeline for 2018.

Planning permission for an attic conversion which will include a four level gallery, studios and roof top terrace was granted on the 12th April 2017. A fundraising campaign has been launched to enable the build to commence and be completed by the end of 2018 to celebrate Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 150th Anniversary.

The Hill House, Helensburgh

The 150th anniversary year is also the year the National Trust for Scotland seeks to save one of Mackintosh’s greatest creations for the nation.

The Hill House gave Mackintosh the fullest opportunity to demonstrate his architectural vision and the Trust is starting a fundraising campaign to support a novel approach for its rescue.

A large see-through enclosure will be constructed to shelter the building from the elements, dry out saturated walls and find a permanent solution to problems with the exterior harling that have bedevilled it since its completion in 1904.

Glasgow Milliner Tips His Hat to Toshie

As part of the celebrations around the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, an exhibition featuring hats by one of the UK’s leading milliners, William Chambers, will take place at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane from 1 August – 7 October 2018.

The pieces on display are from his Autumn-Winter 2018 collection, which was inspired by Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, as well as additional hats created exclusively for the exhibition.

William Chambers originally studied at the Scottish College of Textiles before starting his millinery business in 2008. He now creates handmade hats and headpieces that are stocked in the country’s top department stores, as well as in his own hat shop and atelier in Glasgow city centre.

Chambers said of the collection: “With 2018 being such a special year for Mackintosh, I felt it was finally time to pay homage to my fellow citizen and the rest of the Glasgow Four. Toshie and I share a love of geometry, line and florals, and these can be seen throughout the collection.”

He has won Accessory Designer of the Year three times at the Scottish Fashion Awards, regularly shows at London Fashion Week and his designs have appeared in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, Tatler and Wallpaper.

Glasgow School of Art

On 23 May 2014 a fire damaged the west wing of the Mackintosh Building including some studios, the Library and some archival stores. A full restoration to return the building to Mackintosh’s original design, was underway, due to complete in 2019, when a second major fire took hold of the Mackintosh Building on 15 June 2018.

Whilst work takes place to stabilise the site, GSA’s visitor centre, shop and exhibitions spaces in the neighbouring Reid building are currently closed to visitors. Daily Mackintosh at the GSA Tours featuring the Schools collection of original Mackintosh furniture housed in the Reid building, and Mackintosh’s Glasgow Walking Tours, delivered by GSA’s guides, also cease to operate during this closure period.

For upcoming events, lectures and degree shows at The Glasgow School of Art, please view the GSA's events calendar.

The Oak Room at the V&A Dundee

Unseen for 50 years, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room is the largest of Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms and will be conserved and installed as the centrepiece of the new V&A Dundee’s Scottish Design Galleries. The new museum will open to the public in the second half of 2018.

The conservation of the Oak Room is a collaboration between Glasgow Museums, V&A Dundee, and Dundee City Council. The project is being made possible by a long-term loan from the collections of Glasgow City Council, grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other fundraising.

The new museum opens to the public on 15 September 2018.