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Glasgow pupils highlight Mackintosh’s enduring legacy at St. Enoch Centre

St. Enoch Centre has unveiled an exhibition of Mackintosh-inspired designs and artworks created by local school pupils as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Glasgow’s favourite designer. 

The exhibition is part of Mackintosh: The Innovator: Past, Present and Future, an initiative which was established by the leading shopping centre and Glasgow Mackintosh to help secondary pupils understand the world-renowned artist’s legacy and think of creative ways to expand on it.  

This is the 10th annual schools art competition organised by St. Enoch Centre and youngsters from four secondary schools across the city – Govan, Williamwood, Hillhead and Notre Dame High Schools – were tasked with presenting new, innovative entries that show clear inspiration from the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

The pupils participated in two categories – design and expressive – and the winning schools in each category will receive £200 and individual winners will be presented with vouchers worth up to £100 to spend at St. Enoch Centre. There are also vouchers for second and third place runners up. 

This year’s submissions include Mackintosh inspired wallpaper, portraits of various buildings designed by the Scottish architect as well as range of fashion items such as a unique, Mackintosh-inspired, patterned dress. A gallery has been created inside the shopping centre to showcase all the submissions and shoppers are invited to visit and vote on their favourite before an expert judging panel has its say. 

One member of this year’s panel is Mackintosh Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Dr Robyne Calvert. 

She said: “The outpouring of emotion over this shows just how important Mackintosh is to our city and beyond. And this competition is also exemplary of that - he continues to inspire young people, and we want to make sure that legacy carries on. 

“We have seen some incredible art and design come from these students in the past, and expect no less now. I love being part of this competition, and hope to be teaching some of them at GSA in the not-too-distant future.” 

Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “Every year I’m amazed at the creativity and talent of the pupils that enter our Mackintosh school arts project and this year is no different. The submissions have been of an incredibly high standard and I’d like to congratulate every pupil who entered their hard work. 

“Here at St. Enoch we recognise the importance in ensuring that our young people are actively involved in the city’s vibrant, world-renowned culture and this competition is the perfect way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Year of the Young People. 

I invite all of our shoppers to come and have a look at the wonderful work produced by the youngsters and to cast their vote.” 

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Pictured: Anne Ledgerwood (St. Enoch), Chelsea Grace Paterson (St. Enoch) who is modelling a Mackintosh inspired dress created for the exhibition and Dr Robyne Calvert.

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