Visit to GOMA, Pollok House and House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
| Various in Glasgow. See above
'The House for an Art Lover' was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition organised by a German magazine in 1901; his wife, the decorative artist Margaret Macdonald, was responsible for the interior decoration. Unfortunately the entry was disqualified on the grounds of late submission and the plans were never used.
A Glasgow Civil Engineer, Graham Roxburgh, had long wanted to see this house built, but it wasn't until he and his daughter were stuck in a snow drift in Glenshee that she managed to persuade him to fulfill this ambition. In the late 1980s he assembled a group of architects, designers and craftsmen, but before the house was finished in the 1990s, recession had hit and interest rates had started to soar. This house is therefore not just the realisation of a wonderful dream but a testament to Graham's dedication to see the project through to completion despite seemingly impossible odds. The house is now home to one of the post graduate departments of The Glasgow School of Art.
Following lunch at Pollok House, there will be a chance to explore this Georgian building which was owned by the Maxwell family until 1966 when they donated it, together with 361 acres of parkland, to the City of Glasgow.
The day concludes with a visit to the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, with a talk by the curator and a chance to look at the collection. In 2007 GOMA was one of the winners of The Art Fund International initiative when it was awarded £1 million to purchase international contemporary art.