Social Fundraising Events

As we look forward to meeting our colleagues and friends in person at the 25th ICOMS in Glasgow, we have planned some fun exciting events. We invite you to join us at the Scottish Night and Gala Dinner to network with colleagues, renew acquaintances with friends and experience Scottish culture. We also hope you will join us for the Foundation Luncheon featuring an intriguing presentation by Baroness Meta Ramsay of Cartvale, former case worker in Britain's Secret Intelligence Service.

Social fundraising event tickets will be available for purchase via ICOMS 2021 Online Registration in October 2020. These events are in support of the IAOMS and the IAOMS Foundation. 

IAOMS Foundation Luncheon

Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021

USD $150/ticket

Tickets for the event are in support of the IAOMS Foundation.


House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, UK

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House for an Art Lover has a fascinating history which defines the pioneering creativity of its designer and the ambition and ingenuity of a group of dedicated artists and engineers who worked to complete his vision more than 70 years later.

In 1901 Mackintosh, Glasgow’s most famous architect, entered a competition to design a “Haus Eines Kunstfreundes” or “Art Lovers House” set by German design magazine “Zeitschrift Fur Innendekoration”.

The rules of the competition stated that only “genuinely original modern designs will be considered”. It went on to make the somewhat unusual proposition that ‘it is permissible and even desirable that an Architect and a Decorative Artist of modern tastes develop and submit the design jointly’, a situation which more than suited Mackintosh who worked on the project with his new wife, Margaret Macdonald.

The rules were comprehensive and included a specification of client requirements such as room sizes, position of staircases, external finishes and a maximum cost. Within these practical constraints, Mackintosh and Macdonald were able to exercise considerable freedom of design expression.

In the end, although Mackintosh was lauded for his competition design, his entry was disqualified on the grounds of a technical breach of the rules as he was late in submitting certain interior views of the house. The judges, however, were impressed by Mackintosh’s entry commending it for its distinctive colouring, impressive design and cohesiveness of inner and outer construction.

For more than 80 years Mackintosh’s concept remained merely that, an unrealised design on paper, until, in 1989, Graham Roxburgh, the Consulting Engineer responsible for restoring Mackintosh interiors in nearby Craigie Hall, had the idea to finally build the House for an Art Lover.

The drawings which Mackintosh produced, although very detailed for a competition entry, were not intended as technical plans from which an actual house would be built and the task of interpreting and turning them into reality was the challenge which faced Roxburgh’s team of architects, led by Professor Andy MacMillan, then Head of Architecture at Mackintosh’s world-renowned Glasgow School of Art.

Roxburgh’s dream finally became a reality in 1990 when the building exterior and much of the interior and craftwork were completed by his remarkable team of architects, designers, builders and craftsmen.

Presented By:

Baroness Meta Ramsay of Cartvale

View Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale’s bio here. 

The degree of Doctor of the University was conferred on 6 November 2009 in recognition of Meta Ramsay's outstanding contribution to international affairs, national security and the political development of women.

Born and educated in Glasgow, Meta Ramsay was the first woman to be elected President of the University of Glasgow Students' Representative Council and President of the Scottish Union of Students. She served in the British Secret Intelligence Service - MI6 - for twenty-two years and a substantial part of her service took place in the Nordic countries close to the Soviet Union. She ended that period as SIS Head of Station in Helsinki. Baroness Ramsay later became Foreign Policy Adviser to John Smith and was made a Labour Peer in 1996, serving as a Government Whip from 1997 to 2001. She was the final Co-Chair with David Steel of the Scottish Constitutional Convention and helped take the Scotland Bill through the House of Lords. In the Lords, she specializes in Foreign Affairs, Europe, Defense, Intelligence, Women’s Affairs and Scotland.

Summary: Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness Meta Ramsay of Cartvale will discuss her dual careers in the intelligence community and political arena. Her presentation will focus on the nature of secret intelligence, the need of secrecy to protect sources and also the stresses and complexities of relationships in democracies between Intelligence and Security Services and elected political authorities.



Scottish Night

Date: To Be Announced

USD $89/ticket

Tickets for the event are in support of the IAOMS.


Merchant Square

Visit the venue website here.

Dress Code:

Smart Casual

Remarks: Limited capacity on a first-come-first-served basis.
Summary: Experience the history and culture of Scotland at our Scottish Night held in Merchant Square. Located in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City, Merchant Square offers an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants set within a covered courtyard, all amongst the spectacular architecture of the original merchant marketplace.



Gala Dinner

Date: Friday, September 3, 2021

USD $150/ticket

Tickets for the event are in support of the IAOMS.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Dress Code: Black Tie

Limited capacity on a first-come-first-served basis.

Summary: Join us at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow’s flagship museum for our signature Gala Dinner held in the French Gallery. Surround yourself with an exquisite collection of French masterpieces and some of Europe's greatest art collections. More details will be forthcoming. 



IAOMS Foundation Golf Outing

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021

To Be Announced

Tickets for the event are in support of the IAOMS Foundation.

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