By the end of the 19th century, Glasgow was a leading industrial powerhouse and the sixth largest city in Europe. By the 1890s, Glasgow School of Art had established itself as a leading centre for both contemporary painting and the decorative arts under the direction of Francis Newbery its influential headmaster.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a former pupil of the School was the leading protagonist of the so-called Glasgow Style in the decorative arts. Alongside him, artist/designers such as Margaret and Frances Macdonald, Herbert MacNair, George Walton, Ann Macbeth and Jessie King introduced a more controlled less floral approach to their designs in metal, wood, glass, textiles and illustration, in contrast to their Art Nouveau colleagues in mainland Europe.
Through high-profile exhibitions and features in The Studio and Dekorative Kunst,Glasgow designers, in particular Mackintosh, became increasingly influential amongst the Secessionists in Austria and Germany during the early years of the 20th century. Mackintosh's buildings and interiors, especially Glasgow School of Art, the Willow Tea Room, and The Lighthouse reflect the energy, spirit of innovation and confidence inspired by the great industrial wealth generated in Glasgow in that period.
This heritage combined with the city's vibrant contemporary visual arts scene helped to win for Glasgow the accolade of European City of Culture in 1990 and of UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999.
Mackintosh Heritage Group
The Glasgow School Art
167 Renfrew Street
Phone: + 44 1413534524
Fax: + 44 1415661411
Glasgow City Council
Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
Glasgow School of Art
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society
Glasgow City Heritage Trust
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society : This website managed by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society in association with the Mackintosh Heritage Group offers a full range of information on Mackintosh’s life and works. It lists his major architectural projects and provides details of those buildings open to the public. A news section lists related events including exhibitions, public lectures and seminars.
See Glasgow is the official website from the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and is the most authoritative source of information for visitors to Glasgow, providing information on accommodation, travel, visitor attractions and events.
With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union