Mackintosh and Liverpool

Liverpool Cathedral design by Mackintosh
13 Jul 2019
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Free drop-in event, no need to book

Join us for an afternoon of FREE lectures with Alison Brown, Curator of European Decorative Art and Design at Glasgow Museums and Joseph Sharples, Curator of Mackintosh Collections and Applied Art, The Huntarian, Glasgow.

Alison Brown will discuss: In the public eye – Mackintosh’s tearoom designs for Miss Catherine Cranston.

Over a 21 year period between 1896 and 1917 Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed some of his most imaginative interiors for Miss Catherine Cranston’s four Glasgow city-centre tearooms. The results - his most publicly accessible suites of interior spaces - provided him with crucial opportunities throughout his career to develop ideas, experiment, problem solve and express an ever more sophisticated three-dimensional conceptual approach to interior, furniture and fittings design. His first tearoom contributions - three Beardsley, Art Nouveau & Japan inspired murals for the Buchanan Street Tearooms of 1896-97 - drew upon The Four’s ground-breaking Spook School poster graphic style. His second - for the Argyle Street Tearooms of 1898 - produced his most iconic piece of furniture design, a high-backed chair. The Ladies Luncheon Room of 1900-01 at the Ingram Street Tearooms homed the first figurative gesso panels by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. His last two tearoom interiors – the Cloister Room of 1911 at the Ingram Street Tearooms and ‘The Dug-Out’ of The Willow Tearooms in 1917 - anticipated the bold colours and forms of Art Deco. This illustrated talk will include design insights Glasgow Museums have gained through the conservation and restoration of Mackintosh’s interiors from the Ingram Street Tearooms since 1993.

Joseph Sharples will discuss: Mackintosh and Liverpool.

The competition for the design of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral was one of the great architectural opportunities of the age.

Joseph Sharples will examine Mackintosh’s ill-fated involvement with this contest against the background of the wider architectural scene in Liverpool around 1900.

Mackintosh’s sister-in-law, Frances Macdonald, and her husband, Herbert McNair, brought the ‘Glasgow Style’ south when Herbert came to teach at University College, Liverpool. But there were also other designers active in Liverpool who can be compared with their Glasgow contemporaries. And in Liverpool, as in Glasgow, it was the rise of classicism that finally replaced the individualism of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Places are FREE and will be available on a first come, first served basis so arrive promptly at 12:50 to avoid disappointment.

This event is part of our Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style event series.