Mackintosh Festival 2017


The Mackintosh Festival invites you to celebrate the life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a series of exhibitions, events & tours. There are activities for the whole family at this years festival!

October becomes ‘Mackintosh month’ as visitors and locals alike are invited to enjoy a programme of events with a focus on architecture, design, visual arts and crafts in the city where he lived and worked.

During October, a series of events and exhibitions take place across the main Mackintosh attractions, buildings and collections in and around Glasgow.

From walks, workshops and exhibitions to performances and talks, events are designed for all ages, to appeal to those who know nothing about Mackintosh, as well as established aficionados. The programme features a range of formats with free exhibitions and workshops, ticketed tours and socialable evenings with food and drink.

For the full list of events taking place across the city and beyond please visit

What’s on at GAC:

  • Currently on view in the Glasgow Art Club, as part of the MackFest celebrations, are original Catalogues from two important posthumous Mackintosh exhibitions:
    • The Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh Memorial Exhibition, May 1933, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
    • Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) Architecture, Design and Painting, Edinburgh Festival 1968

    The Catalogues and accompanying extracts can be viewed in the Archives Exhibition space on the first floor of the Club until Tuesday 31st October.

    Other archive material on display includes a selection of Glasgow Art Club Catalogues dating from the late 19thC and the Minutes of the first Club meeting in 1867.

  • A small selection of rare drawings and watercolours by Mackintosh & Keppie are on display throughout October.
  • Free guided tours of the building take place every Tuesday Morning. Advance booking required: To book a tour please call 0141 258 5210.
  • Our Members’ Autumn Exhibition runs until 14 October.
  • Alan Bond - Works on Paper runs from 6 October.
  • Dr James Macaulay will deliver a lecture on Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh on 25 October. Book online via eventbrite  


At the Age of 25, Charles Rennie Mackintosh was employed as a draughtsman by architects Honeyman & Keppie, who had been engaged to transform the two adjacent townhouses into the Glasgow Art Club's new Clubhouse in 1893 and the construction of the Club's large Gallery on the two back gardens.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was responsible for the design of many of the internal features of the Club including the frieze in the Gallery.

For more on Mackintosh and GAC please visit



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