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Tempting the Imagination: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Making of Glasgow

22 June 2023

5 days

This tour explores the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow, from private buildings to institutions, considering the ways in which the city shaped his unique and enduring vision.
  • See stunning views from the top of Mackintosh Tower
  • Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • See the fantastic House for an Art Lover, designed by Mackintosh and Margaret McDonald
  • Accompanied throughout by an expert Tour Lecturer

All great and living architecture has been the direct expression of the needs and beliefs of man at the time of its creation.

- Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Arguably the most original and accomplished architect and designer to emerge around the turn of the nineteenth century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh travelled widely and enjoyed an international reputation from Vienna to New York. Yet his first love and the place where he always wanted to work was Glasgow, the city where he was born and lived the majority of his life.

The Mackintosh style is immediately distinctive: a personal synthesis of styles and motifs, assembled partly by instinct and partly through a careful consideration of the practical requirements of each particular commission. And although in his lifetime he often had to battle against suspicion and disapproval, time has rewarded his refusal to compromise: today Glasgow Style is Mackintosh Style. His name is synonymous with the place, and his buildings, public and private, are counted among the city’s finest - loved and admired, featuring on posters and postage stamps - while their creator is celebrated with everything from museums to murals, teashops to statues.

We shall also have a chance to enjoy some of the outstanding works of Margaret Macdonald, his fellow artist, partner and wife, whose intuitive flair for interior design led Mackintosh to declare that “Margaret has genius, I have merely talent.”

Your Accommodation

voco Grand Central Glasgow

★★★★★
Overview

Relive the golden age of travel at voco® Grand Central Glasgow, an enduring monument to Victorian glamour in an unbeatable central location. High ceilings, chandeliers and wood panelling embody the elegance that makes this hotel so special. The hotel features a magnificent, marble-clad champagne bar, restaurant, and grand ballroom.

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