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Mackintosh: Materials & Materiality

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Jun 7th at 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM


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Limited places available, click here to book via Eventbrite. Onsite registration will open at 8:30 am.

Tickets £30
GSA Staff / Student ticket £12
Tickets include morning tea & coffee, buffet lunch.

Full price (non-GSA staff / students) tickets also include complimentary wristband access to the GSA Degree Show 'City Night' opening event on the evening of Thursday 8 June (optional, should you wish to attend, you can register via a separate eventbrite registration which will be sent closer to the time).

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

On June 7, the 149th birthday of Scotland's renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928), The Glasgow School of Art will present the symposium “Mackintosh: Materials and Materiality," with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

Currently there are several major projects underway to restore and/or reconstruct Mackintosh's architectural and design work, and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has recently completed a condition survey of all extant Mackintosh sites.

These projects have provided new opportunities to closely examine the material aspects of Mackintosh's work, and new discoveries have already come to light. This symposium will offer a forum for knowledge exchange between these projects, with particular emphasis on tangible material research and the more intangible ideas of materiality that can complicate conservation approaches.

Pamela Robertson, Professor Emerita and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, will deliver the keynote. Speakers will represent four major Mackintosh projects: The Glasgow School of Art, The Willow Tea Rooms, the interiors from the Ingram Street Tea Rooms in the collection of Glasgow Museums, and the National Trust for Scotland – The Hill House.

The closing will include an open discussion to offer an opportunity to explore this research with the wider architectural community.