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Glasgow pupils draw inspiration from Mackintosh

His distinctive designs put Glasgow on the map worldwide and this week school pupils from across the city had the chance to draw inspiration from Charles Rennie Mackintosh, thanks to St. Enoch Centre.

Scores of youngsters from Govan, Williamwood and Notre Dame were treated to a tour of The Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design - Mackintosh’s first public commission as an architect – by the Glasgow shopping destination. The students also attended a presentation on the internationally renowned artist at St. Enoch Centre.

The sessions, held on Wednesday March 7 and Thursday March 8, were staged as part of art and design contest Mackintosh: The Innovator.  The initiative was established by St. Enoch Centre and Glasgow Mackintosh to encourage secondary school pupils to think creatively about Mackintosh’s legacy and his focus on innovation and pupils from Govan, Williamwood, Notre Dame and Hillhead will take part in the competition.

Two categories, design and expressive, are available, with the winning school in each category receiving £200. Winning individuals also receive vouchers worth up to £100 to spend at St. Enoch Centre.

All entries will be displayed for several months in a specially constructed gallery within the centre. Shoppers are invited to visit the exhibition and nominate their top submissions before an expert judging panel, which includes Stuart Robertson, Chair of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, gives its view. Also among the acclaimed judges are art critic and author Jan Patience, Dr Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Celia Sinclair, founder of The Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

The exhibition will form part of Glasgow’s annual Mackintosh Festival which this year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the artist and architect’s birth. 2018 is also the Year of Young People in Scotland, which aims to showcase the contribution of young Scots to culture and the arts.

Anne Ledgerwood, general manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “We’ve really enjoyed meeting the schools taking part in our Mackintosh art and design contest this year and we hope they feel inspired following their tour of The Lighthouse.  

“This year’s competition coincides with both the 150th anniversary of his birth and the Year of Young People, so we are looking forward to seeing the pupils’ fantastic creations and displaying them in our gallery, where shoppers will be able to view them too. This is the 10th year St Enoch centre has ran a school arts project and we are thrilled to see so many pupils get involved.

“Charles Rennie Mackintosh played an important role in making Glasgow the incredible, vibrant city that it is has become. We hope our competition will encourage Glasgow’s next generation of creative talent to come up with their own innovative ideas and designs.”


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