Arts & Culture

‘We look forward to welcoming you to the sixth Charles Rennie Mackintosh Festival’

By Ian Marland at

The sixth Mackintosh Festival has opened at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – the architect’s only built church.

This year’s month-long festival starts on Sunday October 1 and includes over 40 events, many of which are free.

Mackintosh Festival

Icon: Sven Burghardt, Mackintosh heritage officer, as ‘Mackintosh’ alongside a replica chair by Bruce Hamilton which will be on show during the festival/ Photo credit Martin Shields

The celebration is staged at Glasgow Mackintosh venues across the city and beyond.

2017’s festival is warming up the city ahead of year-long celebrations of 150 years since Mackintosh’s birth next year.

That will see a new exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, opening in March 2018.


And on June 7 next year – the designer’s birthday – Mackintosh at The Willow in Sauchiehall Street will open.

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.”

Mackintosh Festival

Celebration: Sven Burghardt pictured with Stuart Robertson, director of CRM Society/ Photo credit: Martin Shields

This year’s festival highlights include:

* The 150th anniversary of Glasgow Art Club

* A new venue, Kelvin Hall, has been added to the programme

* Fashion and textiles is included in this year’s programme

* A full range of free family activities, for all ages and abilities, will take place across the month

* The Glasgow School of Art will host their walking tours and Mackintosh at the GSA tours

* Mackintosh’s only built church, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross has a full range of events

* House for an Art Lover have a packed month of events

* The Lighthouse have a series of shows by Sonica and Cryptic called Chozumaki

* For full information about the programme visit: