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Discover Glasgow’s unique Mackintosh venues as the city celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth

Mackintosh 150

2018 is set to be a very exciting year for Glasgow.  The city has recently launched a year long programme of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of pioneering Art Nouveau architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.   

Born in Glasgow on 7 June 1868, Mackintosh went on to be regarded as one of the most creative figures of the 20th century and a leading figure in both the Scottish Arts and Crafts Movement and European Art Nouveau.

Throughout 2018, exhibitions, seminars and tours are taking place across the city to mark the incredible legacy and creative genius of Glasgow’s great cultural icon.  If you’re hosting a conference in Glasgow this year, why not check out the full programme of events in case there is something you or your delegates may wish to experience in your free time.  

Glasgow is home to the world’s pre-eminent collection of Mackintosh buildings, drawings and designs, which can be discovered across the city as well as at two key attractions in nearby Helensburgh.  As such, there is a stunning array of venues across the city which provide a unique backdrop for meetings and events.  If you’re planning on making Glasgow your next host city, check out some of our venues which have either been designed by Mackintosh or display some of his greatest work.

House for an Art Lover

This award-winning venue was built using Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s designs for an “elegant country retreat for a person of taste and culture.”  Set within the grounds of Bellahouston Park you’ll find a unique venue for corporate hospitality, workshops and training.

The Lighthouse

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a young draftsman in the architectural practice when he designed the Mitchell Street Building which is now home to The Lighthouse - Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. Today it is one of Europe’s most visited and renowned architecture and design centres which can also be hired for corporate events, conferences and meetings.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

This imposing Victorian building is one of the city’s most prominent landmarks and is a magnificent venue for prestigious gala dinners, drinks receptions and presentations.  

The museum houses one of the finest civic art collections in the UK including work by Botticelli, Rembrandt and van Gogh.  Until 14 August 2018, it is hosting a major new exhibition spanning the lifetime of Mackintosh, presenting his work in the context of Glasgow, his peers and contemporaries and how it contributed to the creation of the Glasgow Style.  

The Glasgow Art Club

Established in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club is a private members club which has been a meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.  Located in a Grade-A listed building in the heart of the city centre, the Glasgow Art Club is home to a magnificent Charles Rennie Mackintosh frieze - his first major public work - and is a versatile venue which can be used for corporate hospitality, networking events, presentations, workshops and training sessions.

Scotland Street School Museum

This venue was a former working school designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself.  It can now be used by conference organisers as an experiential venue in which to meet for dining, evening meetings and receptions.

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