John Cairney presents a new suite of seven paintings inspired by the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Each work tells the story of a specific period in Mackintosh’s colourful life; from his time as a schoolboy in 1883, through his career as a draughtsman, architect and artist right up to his untimely death in 1930.
Exhibition Runs: 3 June – 28 July 2019 at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
John Cairney’s association with Mackintosh began in 1974 when he was invited by R.W.Adams OBE, Managing Director of the A.H.McIntosh Furniture Company, Kircaldy, to prepare a Mackintosh Programme under their auspices. They had decided to promote a line of furniture based on Mackintosh designs and thought that a theatrical presentation of his life and work might prove a valuable marketing assist to this project. As a result, in 1975, Cairney was able to provide a programme entitled, Mackintosh the Man, at a seminar for architects held at Kirkcaldy in December 1975 as part of the International Year of Architecture. This presentation was further developed by Cairney over the following decade, with further performances at all the known Mackintosh sites in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival in 1978, at the Lyceum Studio Theatre in 1979 and culminating in a full-cast version for Scottish Television in 1980.
Join pianists Thomas Knight and Donal McHugh for an afternoon of solo piano music exploring composers who were based in or had connections with Vienna. Including works by Schubert, Berg and Brahms and set in the beautiful Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. This concert will be a real treat. Part of the West End Festival.
Genial buffoonery and immaculate, testosterone drenched vocals define the Spooky Men’s Chorale, a ruthless bunch of larrikins based in the Blue Mountains of Australia. With a sound as warm and grainy as a slab of teak, the Spooky Men give equally loving attention to ancient Georgian table songs, tawdry anthems like Don’t Stand Between a Man and his Tool, and the odd ballad of terrifying beauty.
The repertoire is largely inspired by the pointless grandeur of everyday maleness, in the shower, in the shed and after breakfast. Stage presence is imposing, black and foolishly statuesque, with a cunning taste in hats. Their studied deadpan is no act: like most blokes, they’ve only got the faintest idea of what’s going on…
Join us on Sunday 5th of May, 1pm – 3pm for a relaxing afternoon of still life drawing in a stunning Mackintosh venue. Taking inspiration from Mackintosh’s botanical studies, you will be able to create your own still life drawings and collages based on a beautiful floral arrangement.
All levels are welcome to join. The session is mostly self-guided, although tutorial advice will be available should you want it. Tea/coffee and some basic materials will also be provided, but feel free to bring your own too (excluding oil or solvent based materials).
As the session is limited to 12 people max pre-booking is highly recommended. The cost is £15 per person and should be paid in cash on the day.
Happy to welcome Oxford-based pianist & composer Alexander Hawkins for a rare solo outing in the stunning Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
The Guardian has written that Hawkins’ work sounds like ‘all the future jazz you might imagine without ever being about to conceive of the details’, representing a ‘fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’. Alongside his profile as a soloist and bandleader, he can be heard live and on record collaborating with a vast array of crucial figures of all generations, ranging from Evan Parker, John Surman, Wadada Leo Smith, Mulatu Astatke, and Han Bennink, to the likes of Rob Mazurek, Matana Roberts, and Shabaka Hutchings. Particularly notable is his decade-long relationship with the legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo.
In this video Q&A and the third of our Volunteer Spotlight Interviews, we had the opportunity to catch up with one of our Visitor Assistant Volunteers Mark. He tells us all about his role at Mackintosh at the Willow and Mackintosh Queen’s Cross and why he decided to get involved as a volunteer this year.
Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 17 January – 3 February 2019, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.
To view what’s on at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross then please click on the link below.