Barcelona has Gaudí, Chicago has Frank Lloyd Wright and Glasgow has Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Regarded as one of the most creative figures of the 20th century and as a leading figure in the European Art Nouveau movement, Charles Rennie Mackintosh left a legacy of magnificent work across the city.
Mackintosh at the Willow
The famous Tea Rooms first opened in 1903 and are the only surviving Tea Rooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur and patron Miss Kate Cranston. Not only does that make them of huge importance to Glasgow's architectural and cultural heritage but they are widely regarded as one of the finest examples in the world of a complete Art Nouveau scheme.
Experience the exquisite surroundings of the Salon de Luxe while feasting on a sumptuous afternoon or high tea. Alternatively try something a little more interactive like private tea tasting sessions, workshops, film screenings or get in touch with the team to arrange your own bespoke event.
House for an Art Lover
In 1901 Mackintosh, Glasgow’s most famous architect, entered a competition to design a “Haus Eines Kunstfreundes” or “Art Lovers House” set by German design magazine “Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration”.
Although the judges were impressed by Mackintosh’s entry commending it for its distinctive colouring, impressive design and cohesiveness of inner and outer construction, his entry was disqualified on the ground of a technical breach of the rules as he was late in submitting some interior views of the house.
…it exhibits an absolutely original character, unlike anything else known. In it we shall not find a trace of the conventional forms of architecture to which the artist, as far as his present intentions were concerned, was quite indifferent.
For more than 80 years Mackintosh's concept remained an unrealised design until 1989 when Graham Roxburgh, the Consulting Engineer responsible for restoring Mackintosh interiors at nearby Craigie Hall, had an idea to finally build the House for an Art Lover.
Set within the magnificent grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park, House for an Art Lover combines art gallery and exhibition space, events venue, café, multipurpose artists studios and magnificent visitor attraction into one unique and inspiring venue.
Take over the house for a lavish dinner or have an art-inspired team building day with resident creatives for a memorable Mackintosh experience you can only have in Glasgow.
Glasgow Art Club
The Glasgow Art Club is the private members' club with a difference. Steeped in culture and heritage, the Club has been a meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.
The recently refurbished Gallery is home to a magnificent Charles Rennie Mackintosh frieze and walls are hung with original artwork by members of the Club which are part of an ever changing programme of exhibitions.
The Art Club is an inspiring and unique venue ideally suited to any event which would benefit from such a prestigious setting.