26 Sep 2018
To mark the 150th anniversary of Glasgow’s favourite artist, architect and designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, experts gathered at St. Enoch Centre to judge the annual secondary school art competition Mackintosh The Innovator: Past Present and Future.
David Cairns, a Trustee of the Willow Tea Rooms Trust and owner of Windyhill – one of only two private homes built by Mackintosh - and Stuart Robertson, Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, took part in a judging session at the Glasgow shopping destination.
They were joined by Dr Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and art critic and author Jan Patience to determine the winners of the competition.
David Cairns said: “This year has brought much excitement with the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but it has been a bittersweet year with the terrible loss of Glasgow School of Art which has deeply saddened so many.
“As someone who is committed to preserving Mackintosh’s work and legacy, it makes competitions such as this one doubly important as we strive to promote his work. Once again, the standard of the entries have been extremely high and I would like to congratulate everyone involved.”
The initiative was established to encourage young people to think creatively about Mackintosh’s legacy and his focus on innovation. Now in its 10th year, the competition organised by St. Enoch Centre saw youngsters from four secondary schools across the city – Govan High School, Williamwood High School, Hillhead High School and Notre Dame High School –tasked with presenting new, innovative entries that show clear inspiration from the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The pupils participated in two categories – design and expressive – with the winning school in each category set to receive £200 whilst individual winners will be presented with vouchers worth up to £100 to spend at St. Enoch Centre. There are also vouchers for second and third place runners up.
The entries, which include portraits of Mackintosh, an array of fashion items such as a unique, Mackintosh-inspired, patterned dress and a concept for ‘Beats by Rennie’ headphones have been on display in a specially constructed gallery within St. Enoch Centre since July. Voting forms were made available to shoppers to nominate their top entries, before the judging panel gave its view.
Anne Ledgerwood, General Manager of St. Enoch Centre, said: “We’re pleased to have secured the involvement of some of Glasgow’s leading Mackintosh figures on our judging panel. Attracting such high-profile experts shows how important the competition is to inspire the next generation of creative talent particularly after the challenges Mackintosh’s legacy has faced this year.
“This competition has been the perfect way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Year of Young People. The submissions have been incredible, and I’d like to congratulate every pupil who entered for their hard work and boundless creativity.”
Entrants will find out who the winning schools and individuals are at a prize giving ceremony which will be held in the centre on Thursday 4th October.