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‘Looking at Mackintosh’s Masterpiece’, a photography Exhibition by Sylvia Richardson

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Photographer Sylvia Richardson brings a unique exhibition of previously unseen images of Mackintosh’s Masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art building. Her images encapsulate an intimate view of the building’s internal spaces and lead us on an ambling journey from the observer’s perspective. Corridors full of light and patterned shadows, reflections of beautiful sculptures, wood carvings and windows; Sylvia captures subtleties as part of her own artistic discovery of Mackintosh. A celebration of the unseen, this exhibition is particularly poignant following the sad destruction of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building following two fires in 2014 and 2018. We hope that you will join us in reflecting back on this architectural masterpiece.

Sylvia Richardson was born in 1966. Her grandfather and great uncle were keen amateur photographers. She recalls enjoying her mothers tape slides as a young child, sharing her times in Linlithgow and being encouraged to pick up her own camera to document her life through the lens from a young age. Her early interest in creative subjects at school was extended during training at North Glasgow College, where she studies film, monochrome, darkroom development and digital photography, before going on to complete her HNC/HND at Reid Kerr college in 2012. Sylvia discovered a passion for architectural forms and The Glasgow School of Art Building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an exquisite piece of architecture which captured her imagination. With this iconic building Sylvia felt her creativity inspired like a child in a sweetie shop, and is pleased to harness and share this experience in this exhibition, ‘Looking at Mackintosh’s Masterpiece,’ at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.

Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is widely considered to be Mackintosh's Masterwork. For over 100 years the Mackintosh building has functioned as a working art school, housing the fine art students and staff, sitting at the heart of GSA's campus on Garnethill.

Mackintosh Fire Update
On the 23d of May 2014 a fire damaged the west wing of the Mackintosh Building including some studios, the Library and some archival stores.
On the 15/16 June 2018 during restoration work the Mackintosh Building was ravaged by a devastating fire leaving a burnt out shell. We are still shell-shocked after seeing the destruction caused by the second fire.

Mackintosh’s creation at the Glasgow School of Art is one of those rare works of architecture to transcend time: an inspiration for the present and the future. The loss is immeasurable.

Following the fire in the neighbouring Mackintosh Building, The Glasgow School of Art visitor centre and shop in the Reid building are closed to visitors. Mackintosh at the GSA Tours and Mackintosh’s Glasgow Walking Tours have ceased operation. See Society Mackintosh Guided Tours

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