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Spring has arrived at House for an Art Lover

The clocks have sprung forward, the nights are getting lighter and it's officially spring. House for an Art Lover looks particularly beautiful this time of year, but that's not the only thing we have to look forward to, we have lots of exciting exhibits and events happening right on our doorstep.

Moonjung Hwang is our inspiring artist in Residence. Moonjung is a South Korean artist who recently graduated from the M.Litt Sculpture programme at Glasgow School of Art. Her work has a strong connection with architecture and its surroundings. From Friday the 17th April to Thursday the 30th of April you will be able to visit her exhibition in the ART PARK Studio Pavilion. Moonjung has proposed to develop a monumental sculpture or a living book about life in Bellahouston Park of which she is the editor. This exciting exhibit is definitely not to be missed. Find out more about the exhibit here.

Wedding season is almost in full swing here at the house so we thought it was the perfect time to remind you that we don’t just host awesome weddings, in fact the house is available for lot's of private events. Whether it’s for a birthday party, anniversary, christening or just a get together with friends, our venues and menus make the perfect setting. Check out the venues we have on offer and read some of our testimonials here.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his designs are known throughout the world. Whether it’s for his high backed chairs or iconic typography they are timeless pieces. Where better to indulge in Mackintosh inspired gifts, stationery or furniture than at House for an Art Lover itself. We even sell gift cards, available here, take the stress out of present buying and give the gift of Mackintosh today.

In this months blog post we wanted to give you all an insight to the man behind the house, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, by giving you 10 facts about the world famous designer you might not know.

1 . Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow on the 7th of June 1868, the fourth of eleven children.

2 . Charles' mother was Margaret Rennie and his father William Mackintosh a superintendent and chief clerk of the City of Glasgow Police.

3 . Margaret Macdonald, Charles' wife and an artist whose designs become some of the most renowned during the 'Glasgow Style' of the 1890s, was born in 1864 in Tipton and only moved to Glasgow in 1890.

4 . Mackintosh walked with a limp and had a problem with his right eye which caused it to droop.

5 . Mackintosh was able to make an architectural tour of Italy after winning the prestigious Alexander Thomson travelling scholarship while studying at Glasgow School of Art.

6 . Mackintosh was briefly engaged to Jessie Keppie the sister of John Keppie, his employer in the firm Honeyman and Keppie. Mackintosh broke off the engagement to pursue and eventually marry Jessie's best friend Margaret Macdonald, leaving her heartbroken. Jessie was to remain a spinster for the rest of her life.

7 . Margaret and Charles married on August 22, 1900 in Dumbarton.

8 . Only a few months after designing House for an Art Lover Mackintosh entered the competition to design Liverpool Cathedral, his work wasn't shortlisted.

9  . 1914 Mackintosh and MacDonald moved to the Suffolk village of Walberswick. While there he was accused of being a German spy and briefly arrested in 1915. Fearing they had a spy in their midst, the police called in the army. When soldiers arrived at his home, they were convinced Mackintosh was German after failing to understand his strong Glaswegian accent.

10 . Mackintosh smoked a pipe and died of cancer in the winter of 1928.

Thanks for reading,

Garry CEO