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‘Inspired by the Glasgow Girls’ Exhibition

Open to view Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 11am – 4pm until Friday the 13th of December.
Available to view by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday, call 0141 946 6600 to arrange.

Five female artists from Glasgow present work which embodies both a celebratory nod to the past as well as an exploratory continuation of the intriguing themes and methods present in the work of the original esteemed Glasgow Girls. 

‘The Glasgow Girls’ has become an iconic phrase both here and internationally when referring to artworks created in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by a prominent group of female Glaswegian artists. This includes names such as Jessie M King, Bessie MacNicol, Helen Paxton Brown, Annie French, Frances Macdonald and of course Margaret Macdonald who became the wife and lifelong creative partner of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

All were inspired by different themes which included  nature, identity, fertility, sexuality, romantic mysticism, celtic symbolism, religious iconography and mythology. They also often incorporated the female figure within their compositions and drew upon ideas from poetry, resulting in almost fairy tale or dream like images which visually responded to written prose. This, along with their use of colour, materials and subject pulls from the subconscious with tangible emotion. Their unique style still influences artists and enthusiasts of today as we continue to research and unravel the thought processes behind the works of this incredible movement.

This group exhibition showcases the work of five contemporary female artists, currently living and working in Glasgow. This includes Sharon Ferris, Hannah Lyth, Choirstaidh McArthur, Rechel Petrie and Jade Sturrock.

Responding to and reinventing some of the prominent themes in the work of the Glasgow Girls, this group of artists have been selected due to parallels in each of their works. Whether this is a response to the human condition (female subjectivity, sexuality, fertility and liberation), our connection with nature and the organic, religious and symbolic iconography, or drawing from written pieces such as poetry and prose, the group are as diverse and multifaceted in their use of concept and material as the original Glasgow Girls.

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Mackintosh Queen's Cross

The only church designed by Mackintosh to be built and now the Society's International headquarters. Magnificent stained glass and exceptional relief carving on wood and stonework are highlights of the interior where light and space are used to dramatic effect. Mackintosh Queen's Cross has an excellent library and the shop stocks an extensive range of Mackintosh books and gifts.


Contact

Mackintosh Queen's Cross
Queen's Cross
870 Garscube Road
Glasgow
G20 7EL

T: +44 (0)141-946-6600
W: www.mackintoshchurch.com
E: info@crmsociety.com


Visitors Information

Facilities
Mackintosh Resource Centre, Refreshments Area and Gift Shop with great selection of books etc.

Admission
Adults £4.00, Society Members & Children free

Opening times
Winter Opening (6 Feb to 29 Mar & 1 Nov to 18 Dec)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11.00am – 4:00pm
Last admission 3:30pm

Summer Opening (1 April to 31 October)
Monday to Friday 11.00am – 4:00pm
Last admission 3:30pm

Free entry to G20 residents on Wednesday afternoons after 1:00pm

Closing days
Note: Mackintosh Queen's Cross is closed on Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Bank Holiday Mondays, Glasgow Fair Monday and Christmas to New Year closing.
Please note, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross will be closed throughout January until 6 February 2019 due to arrangements for Celtic Connections. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

During winter closed Tuesday & Thursday

Travel Information
Bus: No 60/60A & 61 from Hope Street at Central Station.
Underground: Alight at St George’s Cross then 15 minute walk through Cromwell Street into Maryhill Road.
Rail: Train to Central or Queen Street Station then bus as above.
Car: M8 J15 eastbound or J17 westbound. Follow Maryhill Road towards Queen’s Cross and turn right into Hinshaw Street. At the lights, go straight across into Firhill Road. Take second on left into Springbank Street and the Church is at the end of the street. On street parking available.

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