We celebrate another landmark in the life of Queen’s Cross. On Tuesday 10 September we mark the 120th anniversary of this beautiful Mackintosh building.
In the late 19th century Glasgow was experiencing extraordinary growth. A wave of new church buildings were undertaken to meet the needs of an expanding population. In 1896 the Free St. Matthew’s Church, Glasgow commissioned a new Church and Hall from the architectural practice of Honeyman & Keppie. John Honeyman allocated the job to his promising young trainee architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Queen’s Cross, now Mackintosh Queen’s Cross was designed at the start of Mackintosh’s extraordinary creative period from 1895-1906, in the same year as the first phase of Mackintosh’s masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art (1897–9), the Arts and Crafts Exhibition in London and his first work for Miss Cranston. It reveals a sophisticated handling of form, ornament and symbolic meaning, even at this relatively early date. Dr Thomas Howarth, Mackintosh’s first biographer, wrote of the church, ‘the building possesses a warmth and charm conspicuously absent from many churches of the period due largely to the traditional simplicity of Mackintosh’s architectural forms and to the mysticism and spirituality of his decorative motives.’ The architecture of the church has remained largely unaltered to the present day. Over the next couple of months we are delighted to celebrate this special occasion with a number of special events, including a Gala Day on Saturday 7 September between 12 till 4.
On the 10 September we celebrate the 120th anniversary of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. All members are welcome to celebrate this special occasion. During the afternoon there will be music, talks and some interesting displays on the history of Queen’s Cross. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to our memories box. The programme runs from 2-5pm. So please pop in and meet fellow members and enjoy the refreshments.
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Saturday 7th September 2019, 12pm – 4pm
Join us in celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Building, 1899 – 2019
With fun activities for all the family like Arts & Crafts, Music, Games and Dressing up, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! The event is free and open to all and local residents are encouraged to come and share their own memories of the building.
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.
Lids Open Day was born at Glasgow Music’s Festival of ‘ The Piano ‘, in the Grand Hall, City Halls, Candleriggs ~ November 2013. This event offers people the chance to play high quality acoustic pianos ( often in grand places ) irrespective of age or ability. The list of host venues is growing, with City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Library & Mackintosh Queens Cross all opening their piano lids to us. Past venues include: St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Pollok House and the Pearce Institute. So . . . if you know of a great piano out there somewhere in a venue that would be happy to join in ~ please get in touch here. Meantime, you can also listen to Anna Magnusson’s piece for Radio Scotland’s ‘Sunday Morning With . . .’ show, with Rikki Ross that aired on June 18th 2017. Anna joined Alan, Graeme, Grace and all the other players on the day and played a tune herself !
Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Sunday 30th June 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
With summer in full bloom, why not come and try your hand at a relaxing Mackintosh themed still life drawing session. Be inspired by the botanical watercolours of Mackintosh & his peers, drawing from a beautiful floral still life arrangement in a stunning Mackintosh venue.
All levels welcome. As the session is limited to 12 people max pre-booking is highly recommended. The cost is £15 per person for the 3 hours session.
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.
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.