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The Mackintosh Festival


mackintosh-house-drawing-roomNow in its fifth year, The Mackintosh Festival is organised every October by Glasgow Mackintosh in Mackintosh and partner venues throughout the city, to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow’s most famous architect, designer and artist.   This year’s month-long programme features over 40 arts and cultural events.

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, Mackintosh’s only built Church have a gala of art events taking place throughout the month.  Artist Avril Paton, famous for her paintings Windows on the West and The Art School, will be the artist in residence at the Church and will paint a piano to celebrate Glasgow Piano City throughout the month.  The popular Lids Open Day returns and gives visitors the chance to play the Steinway Grand Piano on stage and the unique Broadwood Upright, designed by Ballie Scott (;  you can view an exhibition of architectural drawings by Minty Sainsbury; there are talks on architecture and design by Michael Davis and Will Mitchell; enjoy music at an evening of piano and violin by Miller Nite Duo and a guitar recital by Laura Browne & Lewis Dunsmore.  There will be a puppet show called: Gruff:  a new take on the classic tale of The Billy Goats Gruff by Banyan Theatre Company in collaboration with Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre – this is always a popular event and is great fun for all the family!

Join artist, Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw at her free workshops outside Mackintosh venues during the month as she creates ‘a carpet of roses’ with stencils and paint.  Participants of all ages are invited to learn to stencil a rose and make their mark as a true Glasgow artist for the day.

Festival goers can enjoy tours of The Mackintosh House at The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.  The House is a meticulous re-assemblage of the principal interiors from 78 Southpark Avenue (originally Florentine Terrace), the Mackintoshes Glasgow home from 1906 – 1914.

Kelvingrove; Glasgow Museums Resource Centre and Scotland Street School Museum invite families and young Mackintosh fans to be inspired by Mackintosh at their free workshops during the month.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Mackintosh Festival and we would encourage you to visit venues in the city centre and the south side of Glasgow. For details on all events and venues check the website:


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