Charles Rennie Mackintosh Festival in Glasgow honours the women he worked with

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Festival
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Festival

As well as celebrating the work of the architect, designer and artist, this year’s Mackintosh Festival, running throughout October, brings into focus the women around him.

From his wife, artist Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, to Kate Cranston, who commissioned his work for her tearooms, and the group of artists known as the Glasgow Girls, they all played a vital role in shaping his work and setting the style of the era.

There are loads of events including Tea, Talk & Tour at Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street which offers the chance to hear about the history of the establishment and the partnership between its original owner Kate Cranston and Mackintosh.

And Glasgow Women’s Library will turn the spotlight on the Glasgow Girls of Garnethill, who pioneered European art movements and designed banners for suffragette processions.

There are 13 free events at this year’s festival.