Welcome to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society.

The Mackintosh Series by John Cairney

I began drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil between my fingers. Still in short trousers, I won a gold medal in the Glasgow Schools’ Art Competition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. and began training at Glasgow School of Art. This was cut short when I was called up for National Service in the RAF in Germany. When I returned to Glasgow, I entered the Glasgow College of Drama and trained as an actor, which I was for many years. It was during my time in New Zealand I resumed art training with Anneke Laan, an art teacher from Amsterdam, and have been painting professionally since. In Auckland, I won two Art Awards, had a solo exhibition at the Lake House, Takapuna, and was also shown at the Morgan Street Gallery, Newmarket.

On my return to Glasgow, my paintings have been hung at the ARTeries Gallery, the Glasgow Art Club, and the Penalty Spot in Glasgow, the Henderson Gallery in Edinburgh, Rozelle House in Ayr, the Cockburn Gallery in Maybole and Scotland Artists in Bothwell.

The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum displayed ‘The Nine Lives of Burns’, the nine canvasses portraying key moments in the poet’s life. My recent religious series, fifteen paintings entitled ‘A Glasgow Calvary’, locating The Stations of the Cross in Glasgow, and seven canvasses depicting Our Lady’s life, ‘The Marian Way’, were exhibited at St Peter’s Church in Anderston, Glasgow. ‘A Glasgow Calvary’ also showed during the Scarecrow Festival in Bothwell. It is on exhibition at the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel April 2019. My thanks go to Matthew and Margaret Reilly for their generous patronage of these three projects.

My latest work, showing at the Glasgow Art Club through April 2019 and at Queen’s Cross Church, Glasgow, in June and July 2019, is ‘The Mackintosh Series’, seven stories of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s artistic journey.

For more details: www.johncairney.com/painting

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.


Mackintosh Queen’s Cross
Queen’s Cross
870 Garscube Road
G20 7EL

T: +44 (0)141-946-6600 or +44 (0) 0141-945-2321
W: www.mackintoshchurch.com
E: info@crmsociety.com

Visitors Information

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

Adults £5.00, Society Members & Children free

Opening days
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
11.00am – 4.00pm
On the first Sunday of the month we are open: 12pm – 4.00pm
Last admission 3.30pm
Free entry to G20 residents on Wednesday afternoons after 1:00pm

Group Visits are available throughout the year (Monday to Sunday) for 20 or more people.

Closing days
Closed on 29 March – Good Friday, 6 May – Bank Holiday Monday, 27 May – Bank Holiday Monday, Glasgow Fair Monday, 5 August – Bank Holiday. Over Christmas and New Year we are closed 23 December to 3 January.

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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