Creative Mackintosh Festival 2013 aims to shine new light on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s life and work

Creative Mackintosh Festival

credit: © Hunterian Gallery

Craft workshops, talks and exhibitions highlight the work of the artists behind the Glasgow Style

With his signature design and style so imprinted on the architectural and artistic heritage of Glasgow, it can sometimes feel difficult to avoid the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the city. But some people must have managed it, because this year’s Creative Mackintosh Festival, the follow-up to 2012’s inaugural event, is focusing on introducing new people – those who may have not yet discovered Mackintosh’s famous style – to the importance of his influence on Glasgow’s visual identity.

With plenty of workshops for children, teenagers and adults (including in Glasgow Style embroidery and architecture), there are lots of opportunities for novices to get involved. There’s the odd thing to look at, too: the Mackintosh Photographic Exhibition displays unusual photographs of favourite Mackintosh designs at The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane (which also plays host to the all-ages Mr and Mrs Mackintosh drawing workshop, Sat 26–Sun 27 Oct). There’s more art from Sofia Perina-Miller with From Garden to Garment (the Hill House, until 27 Oct), an exhibition of flower-inspired paintings and textiles, and from Frances Law with The Architecture of Nature (Mackintosh Church, until 31 Oct), a display that focuses on the links between Law’s art and the work of Mackintosh himself.

Elsewhere, there are chances to get a taste of the Glasgow Style with walking tours, kids’ craft workshops and tea parties, a textile workshop for teenagers, knitting events, and a day reappraising Charles Rennie’s wife, Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (Hunterian and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Sat 26 Oct, 10am). All of which makes it pretty tricky to avoid the famous Glasgow Style this month – even for those who still think that a Mackintosh is just something you wear outdoors on a rainy October morning.

Various venues, Glasgow, until Sun 27 Oct.

The Mackintosh Festival

Festival celebrating the creative genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The programme includes exhibitions and tours as well as the opportunity to unleash your own creativity through workshops and activities.

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