Articles by: Stuart

Primary by Jephson Robb

Exhibition at Queen’s Cross: 3 October to 1 November 2019

To mark the 120th anniversary of the opening of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross we are delighted to have this major exhibition by Jephson Robb.

Jephson Robb presents his first public exhibition of new work entitled – Primary – a series of sculptures influenced by the building and its architect.

Throughout October we will be open Monday to Saturday.

Mackintosh Life Drawing

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Last Sunday of the Month in July, August and September 2019

Sunday 28th July 1pm – 3.30pm, Sunday 25th August 1pm – 3.30pm & Sunday 29th September 12pm – 2.30pm

Why not try your hand at some figurative life drawing in a stunning Mackintosh venue? In a space flooded with natural light, we will draw from a series of short and long poses with a live life model. The sessions are lead by local artist Jade Sturrock, a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art who specialises in Painting and Printmaking and the sessions are mostly self-guided although tutorial advice will be available to those who want it.

Basic materials and tea and coffee are provided, as well as easels, drawing boards and seating is available if required. You are also welcome to bring along your own materials (excluding any hazardous materials such as oil paints or solvents).

All levels are welcome to join, and sessions are limited to 12 people max so pre-booking is highly recommended. Tickets are £12 when purchased in advance or £15 on the door (subject to availability)

Tickets can be purchased here.

Erland Cooper – Live

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Saturday 30 November at 7:30pm

Erland Cooper is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist and producer, originally from Stromness, on the Orkney Islands. Previous projects include The Magnetic North, which blended orchestral arrangement, rock, and electronica to stunning effect, while his early work as leader progressive folk rock group Erland and the Carnival established him as a prominent musical force. He beings his acclaimed new album Sule Skerry – inspired by his beloved island homeland – to the Mackintosh Church in Glasgow’s West End for what is sure to be a truly special night in November.

Tickets can be purchased here

120th Birthday of Queen’s Cross

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 120 Gala Day

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.

Book Launch

Special evening event for the book launch by Dai & Jenny Vaughan of “More Glasgow Moments” and the first viewing of their painting “Second Fire at The Glasgow School of Art.

Friday 6 September from 6 till 8pm at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

Afternoon Concert

Friday 16th August – Pay what you can piano concert

A solo piano performance from William Thomson who is playing compositions from his new solo piano album “new Beginnings”.

With a wonderful guest support performance from Solo Guitarist Elliot Cowell who will also be playing his original compositions.

You can reserve tickets here

Maciej Granat Concert – Love and Death

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross: Friday 21 June at 7.30pm

Please join us for an evening of piano music and song exploring various facets of love and loss. Soar to the heavens with Soprano Julia Daramy-Williams as she sings works by Berg, Granat, and Messiaen. Traverse the depths of emotion through pianist and composer Maciej Granat’s interpretation of works by Ravel, Fauré, Debussy. This recital of 20th Century and modern compositions takes advantage of the exquisite acoustics of the elegantly appointed Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Lids Open Day

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Friday 28 June 2019

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 !

Visit their website here

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Mackintosh Queen’s Cross – Saturday 29 June 2019
7.00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

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…

Here’s a link to the tickets page: https://tickets-scotland.com/spook