E Character  March 2018

Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style

30th March to 14th August 2018

2018 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Glasgow architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928). Glasgow Museums is delighted to celebrate this significant anniversary with a major new temporary exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This exhibition will be one of the key events in the city-wide Mackintosh 2018 programme.

The exhibition will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and taking a chronological and thematic narrative, placing Mackintosh at the core of the story, it will present his work in the context of Glasgow, his key predecessors, influences and contemporaries, particularly those working in the Glasgow Style.

‘The Glasgow Style’ is the popular term given to the design and decorative arts centred around the work by teachers, students and graduates of The Glasgow School of Art produced between about 1890 and 1920. At the core of this style is the work of The Four: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances Macdonald and Frances’s future husband, James Herbert McNair. Glasgow was the birthplace of the only Art Nouveau ‘movement’ in the UK and its style made ripples internationally.

This exhibition will present the very best of Glasgow’s internationally important civic collections, drawing from both those of Glasgow Museums and The Mitchell Library and Archives. A number of these civic works have never previously been on public display, and the majority has not been shown in Glasgow for 30 or more years. The exhibition will also include important loans from private and public collections. About 250 objects will be on display across the full spectrum of media, including stained glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, stencilling, embroidery, graphics, books, interiors and architecture. The act of making will be communicated across this breadth of media – both through the exhibition and the accompanying event programme – to truly engage and inspire audiences of all ages to visit the other Mackintosh-related buildings and collections in and around Glasgow, and to make and create.

The cabinet designed by Henry Taylor Wyse, and illustrated on Page 44 of the Henry Taylor Wyse book published by Aberbrothock Imprints, will be on display at the exhibition. The cabinet was purchased some years ago by Glasgow Museums, and this will be its first public display.

For more information on the exhibition, and to book tickets, please go to the Glasgow Life website.

Museum of Edinburgh

A Wise Man Knows His Craft: Henry Taylor Wyse and the Holyrood Pottery


“A Wise Man Knows His Craft: Henry Taylor Wyse and the Holyrood Pottery” was the first ever exhibition to explore the ceramic art and legacy of this unsung hero of Scotland’s Arts & Crafts movement. 

Henry Taylor Wyse was a prolific painter, potter and designer. He was a founder of the Scottish Guild of Handicraft, a reformer of art teaching in schools, and a friend and co-exhibitor of key figures in the art world such as John Munnoch and William Staite Murray.

The exhibition, shown between July-October 2016, brought together Holyrood pottery from the Museum of Edinburgh with a large number of loans from major private collections to showcase Wyse’s important artistic legacy. View a photographic gallery of the exhibition on the ‘Museum of Edinburgh Exhibition’ page.

The museum has a permanent display showing some of its collection of Holyrood Pottery wares. Please visit their web site for further information on the Museum of Edinburgh, and their current events.

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Art Review: Scotsman 28th July 2016


Scottish Pottery Society


The Scottish Pottery Society currently has two branches, which hold regular monthly meetings in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For further details of the Scottish Pottery Society and their meetings, visit the SPS website: