Mackintosh paintings church wins funding

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The Heritage Lottery Fund is to distribute more than £500,000 to fix up seven historic churches, one of which houses panels painted by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The panels were found in Dysart Parish Church in Fife. Painted in 1901, the artwork was only rediscovered in 2004.

Records from 1901 show that the designer visited the church and claimed £10 in expenses, suggesting they were painted by the Arts and Crafts artist himself.

The panels feature the dove of peace and tree of knowledge, with rings representing good, evil and eternity. They were later painted over.

Under the Places of Worship Scheme, the church will receive £16,200.

The funding has been put aside while development work is carried out.

Other churches in line for funding include £111,000 for St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Aberfoyle and £82,500 for St Margaret’s Church in Clydebank.

Colin McLean, HLF’s manager for Scotland, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund is pleased to be able to continue to work in partnership with Historic Scotland to help secure the future of these fine buildings through our joint Places of Worship Scheme.”

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