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Mackintosh visit figures unveiled
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (piuc courtesy of Annan Gallery)
Mackintosh was the main exponent of art nouveau in Scotland
More than 500,000 visitors came to Glasgow for the first city-wide Charles Rennie Mackintosh festival, new figures have shown.

The statistics revealed that almost half of visitors came from overseas.

Led by the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, the new festival offered more than 120 events in 25 venues.

It celebrated the life and work of the world-renowned Glaswegian designer, artist and architect. Most venues reported a rise in visitor numbers.

The Hunterian Art Gallery noted an 86% increase in visitors, Hill House in Helensburgh was up 39% and visitors to House for an Art Lover rose by 38%.

As well as exhibitions and events, the festival featured drama, specially commissioned dance and an attempt to get into the record books with the largest gathering of Charles Rennie Mackintosh lookalikes.

Curators of collections were inspired by the success of Barcelona in using its most famous architect Antoni Gaudi to market the city.

Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Patricia Ferguson said: "The city has really got behind the Mackintosh Festival and 556,000 visits demonstrates the popularity and status of his work.

"Many first-time visitors have been attracted to Glasgow, boosting the city's tourism industry."

See further details of the figures

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