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‘Letters to Mackintosh’ Creative Writing Project

‘Letters to Mackintosh’ in a creative writing project open to people of all ages. We invite Mackintosh fans to submit a piece of writing no longer than 1000 words, addressed to Charles Rennie Mackintosh as if he was still alive today in celebration of the 152nd anniversary of his birth on the 7th of June 2020. Perhaps you’ll tell him what your favourite piece of his work is? Or maybe you want to ask him some questions about his ideas or travels? You could even write him a poem, include some of your own illustrations or describe what he might have been up to on a typical day back in 1900. The possibilities are endless – but we’ve outlined some creative writing prompts in our Letters to Mackintosh Entry Guidelines to refer to if you wish to do so. Purple, Grey and off white Banner Image showing a photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with text saying 'Letters To Mackintosh, Creative Writing Project, Deadline for Submissions 30th June 2020., and 'celebrating 152 years, 7th June 2020. This project is inspired by the ‘Chronycle’ which is a published series of letters Mackintosh wrote to his wife Margaret when they were separated for a period of time to take care of business affairs. In his letters, Mackintosh tells Margaret all about his day to day activities, describing his likes and dislikes about where he is staying in Port Vendres, reflecting on their careers and relationship and keeping their connection alive. It isn’t the standard of writing but the wit, emotion and details of everyday life in the writing which captures the hearts of those who read them. During the current international Covid-19 pandemic we have all been trying to stay connected with loved ones, mostly online or over the phone, but letter writing has also made somewhat of a comeback! The lockdown has also given us time for reflection, research and re-discovering the things we enjoy doing in our spare time, and made us think about where we might want to visit once restrictions have been lifted. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society would normally be hosting a series of events in celebration of the Mackintosh Anniversary, and although this sadly won’t be possible this year we would like to strongly encourage people to keep engaging with the Mackintosh Legacy and share their love for his work. ‘Letters to Mackintosh’ is a celebration of what Mackintosh means to us and an opportunity for you to get creative in your own right and ‘reconnect’ with him as an Artist, Designer and Architect. Judging Categories and Prizes: Best Entry from under 12’s: Amazing Mr Mackintosh Book, Design Detectives Activity Sheets and Mackintosh Colouring Book with colouring pens/pencils Best Entry from Teens (age 13 – 20) A Selection of Mackintosh Stationary and a Mackintosh Book, a starter watercolour painting set Best Entry from Adults (age 20+) £20 Gift Voucher for the shop at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross with free admission for up to 4 people and a ‘Mackintosh Discovered Walking Tour’ for 4 people (redeemable when the CRM Society deems it safe to do so) Overall Top Entry: 1 year of membership to the CRM Society which includes a bumper edition 2020 Journal and an Afternoon Tea and Free Entry to the Exhibition experience at Mackintosh at the Willow Judging Date: 9th July 2020 Winners Announced:  Monday 13th July 2020 Top entries will be published on both the www.crmsociety.com and www.mackintoshchurch.com websites and all viable entries will be documented on our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Support the work of the Society and protect the future of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. The implications of the coronavirus pandemic are wide-ranging and fast-moving. With the temporary closure of our headquarters at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, this has significantly affected the diverse work of the Society.

To help us we are asking you to join our fundraising campaign by making a contribution today. Your gift will make a major difference as we navigate the challenging months ahead.

With your support, we look forward to returning stronger than ever.

Thank you

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

I wanted to update you on the Society’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Like many organisations, the Society is following the latest advice from the UK Government on the situation. During these exceptional times, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors is our number one priority.

In light of the current position we have decided to close Mackintosh Queen’s Cross until further notice. All events, concerts, tours and walks are also cancelled.

To help contain the spread of Covid-19, the entire team is now working remotely from home.

This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and the situation is changing daily. Please be assured that we will keep you informed of any relevant changes or updates as necessary. I know this will be a very worrying and isolating time for many, so it is important to keep in touch and care for each other, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you during these challenging times.

We can still be reached during our regular office hours; Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) via email to offer our continued support at this difficult time.

Stay safe and well.

Best wishes

Stuart Robertson
Director

Eggs on Legs Show with Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre

Eggs on Legs Puppet Show! Meet a family of zany eggs on legs in a show full of wonder, surprises and laughter at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

Eggs on Legs is hosted by Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre and Garlic Theatre and the show will take place at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross on Friday the 27th of March from 5pm – 6.30pm. Tickets cost £1 for individuals and £3 for families. Available on Eventbrite or physically from the shop at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

‘Every day, from here to there funny things are everywhere’ Dr Seuss

Meet a family of zany Eggs on Legs, living in a lost pocket of the globe. One day the wind blows a huge egg into their tree and they are excited to play with it. But what happens if it hatches and can they protect it from the slithery snake?

Garlic Theatre conjure a poetic, Dr Seuss world full of eggcentric puppets and music to make you roll around with laughter. A cracking family show bursting with wonder and surprise – you will never look at an egg in the same way again

Mark Pitman is the wonderful physical performer who takes us on a journey to a land of sand and wind where a family of funny and inspiring puppets, Eggs on Legs live in a rusty old bunker.

The show opens when the wind blows a hole in the roof of the shed. Pepe and Lela fly away in their eggplane to leave the 2 children and the eggdog alone at home. The adventure unfolds when a mysterious egg arrives in a gust of wind and Chico tries to play with it. As it hatches out Chico learns to care for it and encounters many surprises along the way.

The show is a warmhearted, poetic story with nurturing at its heart with beautifully crafted and manipulated puppets and gentle clowning.

This project is supported through Glasgow Connected Arts Network Commissioned Projects.

Tours of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross

Discover the history of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross on a new volunteer-led tour of the building and uncover the Mackintosh story!

Launching on Monday the 23rd of March, tours will run most Mondays and additional dates will be announced.

During this 30 – 45 minute tour, you will be guided around the building to view Mackintosh’s subtle yet unmistakable designs, from beautiful wood and stone carvings to stained glass and his clever play on light and dark.

You’ll also learn about the building’s hidden histories and where it fits within Mackintosh’s career, introducing you to his progression as an architect, designer and artist. Many aspects of Mackintosh Queen’s Cross relate to elements in his other architectural works and subtly hint towards his later designs such as the Glasgow School of Art.

Please get in touch if you would like to find about about accessibility, languages or if there is anything we could do to make your visit more comfortable.

Tickets are £5 and include entry fee – BOOK HERE

Visitors are welcome to access the building before and after the tour. Proceeds (minus Eventbrite booking fee) go directly to supporting the work of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.

Carol Kidd

Saturday 30 May 2020 – Mackintosh Queen’s Cross
Doors open: 7.00pm Concert starts: 7.30pm

Tickets £21.43 (£20.00) available from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carol-kidd-tickets-94649325681

Legendary Scots singer Carol Kidd MBE returns to Glasgow for a one-off concert at the beautiful Mackintosh Queen’s Cross. Carol will be accompanied by Paul Harrison on piano.

Image by William Ellis

Carol Kidd has managed to consistently pull in accolades, “Best Awards,” and honors from an arena consisting of all-time greats such as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Kidd has known since she was five years old that she was a singer. While raising three children and running a hotel, she sang part-time all over Britain, performing on-stage and on television. Her full-time professional career began in 1990 when Frank Sinatra issued her an invitation to appear live with him at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, in front of a capacity crowd. British jazz lovers gave rave reviews and Kidd was invited to sing at London’s internationally acclaimed Ronnie Scott’s Club, where she was heard by Tony Bennett. The momentum of her success picked up and she was voted the Best Performer at the Edinburgh International Jazz.

Glasgow Love Stories

Saturday 15th February, 4pm, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church, Maryhill G20 7EL

A Valentines performance from The Avenues Singers. Including music by Tallis, Ravel, Billy Joel and CHVRCHES.

£8 adults / £5 concessions / £20 family ticket up to three children / under 5s free. You can buy tickets from choir members or purchase on the door. Collection for British Heart Foundation on the day  

‘Looking at Mackintosh’s Masterpiece’, a photography Exhibition by Sylvia Richardson

Exhibition Preview: Friday 6th March 2020, 6.30pm – 9pm

Exhibition runs from Monday 9th of March until Friday the 3rd of April 2020. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in which case call 0141 946 6600 to arrange in advance.

Photographer Sylvia Richardson brings a unique exhibition of previously unseen images of Mackintosh’s Masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art building. Her images encapsulate an intimate view of the building’s internal spaces and lead us on an ambling journey from the observer’s perspective. Corridors full of light and patterned shadows, reflections of beautiful sculptures, wood carvings and windows; Sylvia captures subtleties as part of her own artistic discovery of Mackintosh. A celebration of the unseen, this exhibition is particularly poignant following the sad destruction of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building following two fires in 2014 and 2018. We hope that you will join us in reflecting back on this architectural masterpiece.

Sylvia Richardson was born in 1966. Her grandfather and great uncle were keen amateur photographers. She recalls enjoying her mothers tape slides as a young child, sharing her times in Linlithgow and being encouraged to pick up her own camera to document her life through the lens from a young age. Her early interest in creative subjects at school was extended during training at North Glasgow College, where she studies film, monochrome, darkroom development and digital photography, before going on to complete her HNC/HND at Reid Kerr college in 2012. Sylvia discovered a passion for architectural forms and The Glasgow School of Art Building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an exquisite piece of architecture which captured her imagination. With this iconic building Sylvia felt her creativity inspired like a child in a sweetie shop, and is pleased to harness and share this experience in this exhibition, ‘Looking at Mackintosh’s Masterpiece,’ at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church.

‘Inspired by the Glasgow Girls’ Exhibition

Exhibition Preview: Friday 15th of November 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition Runs from Monday 18th of November until Friday the 13th of December

Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in which case call 0141 946 6600 to arrange.

Five female artists from Glasgow present work which embodies both a celebratory nod to the past as well as an exploratory continuation of the intriguing themes and methods present in the work of the original esteemed Glasgow Girls. 

‘The Glasgow Girls’ has become an iconic phrase both here and internationally when referring to artworks created in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by a prominent group of female Glaswegian artists. This includes names such as Jessie M King, Bessie MacNicol, Helen Paxton Brown, Annie French, Frances Macdonald and of course Margaret Macdonald who became the wife and lifelong creative partner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

All were inspired by different themes which included  nature, identity, fertility, sexuality, romantic mysticism, celtic symbolism, religious iconography and mythology. They also often incorporated the female figure within their compositions and drew upon ideas from poetry, resulting in almost fairy tale or dream like images which visually responded to written prose. This, along with their use of colour, materials and subject pulls from the subconscious with tangible emotion. Their unique style still influences artists and enthusiasts of today as we continue to research and unravel the thought processes behind the works of this incredible movement.

This group exhibition showcases the work of five contemporary female artists, currently living and working in Glasgow. This includes Sharon Ferris, Hannah Lyth, Choirstaidh McArthur, Rechel Petrie and Jade Sturrock.

Responding to and reinventing some of the prominent themes in the work of the Glasgow Girls, this group of artists have been selected due to parallels in each of their works. Whether this is a response to the human condition (female subjectivity, sexuality, fertility and liberation), our connection with nature and the organic, religious and symbolic iconography, or drawing from written pieces such as poetry and prose, the group are as diverse and multifaceted in their use of concept and material as the original Glasgow Girls.

Primary by Jephson Robb

Exhibition at Queen’s Cross: 3 October to 9 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.



To reserve your place, please register below on Eventbrite and we look forward to seeing you on the 5 November.
 
REGISTER HERE ON EVENTBRITE

For further information contact Ewan Mill Keith ewan@crmsociety.com

The exhibition has been extended and will now run until 9 November 2019