GlasgowLiving are teaming up with our good pals at The Mackintosh Festival. Yes, It’s that time of year again where we get to celebrate the life of our favourite Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The city is holding The Mackintosh Festival for the sixth year running and has a programme of over 40 events happening to celebrate his life.

And we are winning! Why? Because the majority of these events are free and stretch to venues across the city and beyond.

The festival takes place every October and attracts over 100k visitors to the city each year and this year’s festival is warming up the city ahead of the year-long celebrations for the 150th birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh including a new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and the opening of Mackintosh at The Willow in Sauchiehall Street on 7th June 2018 – his actual birthday.

Mackfest is also working with a great selection of other festival partners: Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow Restaurant Association, St Enoch Centre and Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival.

The festival has something for everyone, including the weans! So, what are our city highlights for the October #mackfest?

– The 150th anniversary of Glasgow Art Club will be celebrated with a small selection of drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and John Keppie who are the artists of the month. Visitors can also view the Club’s members’ Autumn art exhibition; take a tour of the building and hear all about Mackintosh’s involvement in the club.

– A new venue, Kelvin Hall, has been added to the programme and will have a chairs exhibition, part of the Luminate event, and family workshops where you can create your own Mackintosh chair.

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– A full range of free family activities, for all ages and abilities, will take place across the month and during October school holidays at Kelvingrove; Scotland Street School Museum and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.

– The Glasgow School of Art will host their walking tours and Mackintosh at the GSA tours, a family workshop where you can hear all about the restoration of The Mackintosh Building and the crafts used in the process and can enjoy a Whisky Mack cocktail in the Vic Bar throughout the month.

– Mackintosh’s only built church, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross has a full range of events including their recently-launched Walking Tours; an exhibition of replica Mackintosh chairs by Bruce Hamilton; a puppet show for young Mackintosh fans; a stencil workshop; the chance to hear artist Avril Paton talk about her art and the very popular Lids Open Day – where members of the public are invited to play the Church’s Steinway grand piano.

– House for an Art Lover has a packed month of events including a murder mystery dinner involving Charles, Margaret and Kate Cranston; creative workshops and classes; tours of the building; a free family day; classes and lots of activity for young people including The Spook School and storytelling.


– The Lighthouse has a series of shows by Sonica and Cryptic called Chozumaki which take place in The Mackintosh Tower; there will be tours of the building throughout the month and an exhibition of crystals and precious metal artworks celebrating the relationship of Charles and Margaret called Illuminating Letters.

Following on from last year’s very successful The Big Rose, Elisabeth Vigiue Culshaw is back with her stencils to create The Big Banner – a recreation of a banner designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Kate Cranston’s Willow Tea Rooms in 1904. Elisabeth is working at various Glasgow Mackintosh venues across the month and invites the public along to free and paid-for workshops to help her recreate the banner which will hang in The Lighthouse throughout the festival.

Commenting on the festival programme, Garry Sanderson, Treasurer of Glasgow Mackintosh, said:

“This year’s festival is going to be a nice warm-up for the city ahead of next year’s celebration of Mackintosh’s birth. The festival is now in its sixth year and we have a fantastic programme of over 40 events lined up over the course of the month in Glasgow Mackintosh and partner venues. Many of our events are free and we have something for all ages – including workshops, talks, tours, exhibitions and much more. We look forward to welcoming you to the sixth Mackintosh Festival.”

Lisa, the festival organiser mentioned:

“We are delighted to team up with GlasgowLiving for this year’s festival, these guys will keep you up to date with what’s going on and together we will be flinging in some goodies and surprises over the coming weeks”

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Words: Luciana Markey