Monday, 19 September 2016

Mackintosh restoration team consult original plans for the Art School as new Hunterian Study Centre opens

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building restoration team were the first users of The Hunterian's new Collections Study Centre when they went to study Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original plans for The Glasgow School of Art today, 19 September 2016. Access to the original documents is vital for the GSA which is committed to restoring Mackintosh's masterpiece to his original vision.




GSA’s Senior Project Manager Liz Davidson said: “The GSA's restoration team is very excited at the prospect of consulting afresh Mackintosh’s original plans and other documents relating to the building. Our aim is to meticulously restore the Mack, and access to the original documentation held at the Hunterian will help increase our understanding and appreciation of Mackintosh’s ground-breaking design.




Dr Robyne Calvert. Mackintosh restoration research fellow added: "The research that has been undertaken by all the consultants in the Restoration Design Team has been meticulous. Although much Mackintosh’s architectural drawings are available online through the fantastic ‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context Meaning and Making’ project, not all are high enough resolution to make out fine annotations the architect made. Further, there are some drawings of furniture and fittings in the collection that the GSA must consult in order to ensure we are accurately reconstructing items that were lost to the fire."

Full text of the Hunterian press release below.

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News release from the Hunterian

The team is keen to study Mackintosh's original drawings for the GSA library, which was destroyed in a fire in 2014. Mackintosh’s original plans from The Hunterian collections will provide crucial detail for the complex restoration project.

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow is home to the world’s largest single holding of the work of Scottish architect, artist and designer. The plans will be amongst the first items from The Hunterian to move to the new state of the art collections study facilities at Kelvin Hall.

A major component of The Hunterian’s Mackintosh collection is the collection of works on paper, which includes Mackintosh’s architectural, furniture and interior designs.

The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building was built between 1897 and 1909 and is considered to be Mackintosh’s greatest architectural masterpiece. Page\Park were appointed as Design Team lead by The Glasgow School of Art which is working with a large number of contractors and organisations as it restores the world renowned building.

Director of The Hunterian, Professor David Gaimster, said: "Given the strength of our Mackintosh collection, we are delighted that colleagues from The Glasgow School of Art will be the first to use our unique new facilities at Kelvin Hall.

"The Hunterian Collections Study Centre will not only forge new academic practice and opportunity around our collections but will also mobilise object-based research, teaching and learning for the wider educational audience."

Over one million of the items from The Hunterian collections are currently being moved to bespoke storage and study facilities at Kelvin Hall - the newly refurbished Glasgow landmark building transformed by a partnership between the University of Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland.

GSA’s Senior Project Manager Liz Davidson said: “The GSA's restoration team is very excited at the prospect of consulting afresh Mackintosh’s original plans and other documents relating to the building. Our aim is to meticulously restore the Mack, and access to the original documentation held at the Hunterian will help increase our understanding and appreciation of Mackintosh’s ground-breaking design."

Dr Robyne Calvert. Mackintosh restoration research fellow added: "The research that has been undertaken by all the consultants in the Restoration Design Team has been meticulous. Although much Mackintosh’s architectural drawings are available online through the fantastic ‘Mackintosh Architecture: Context Meaning and Making’ project, not all are high enough resolution to make out fine annotations the architect made. Further, there are some drawings of furniture and fittings in the collection that the GSA must consult in order to ensure we are accurately reconstructing items that were lost to the fire."

As well as the new storage facilities, The Hunterian Collections Study Centre features research and teaching labs, a conservation studio, search and seminar rooms and a conference suite.

The Hunterian houses an unrivalled collection of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928), covering the full range of his output as architect, designer and artist. His achievements include his masterpiece the Glasgow School of Art, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and a series of city-centre tea room interiors.

Mackintosh was one of the most sophisticated exponents of the theory of the room as a work of art, and created distinctive furniture of great formal sophistication. He was also a gifted painter, producing exquisite flower paintings, and, late in life, striking landscapes of the South of France.
The new state of the art facilities at Kelvin Hall will allow the University of Glasgow to build on its international reputation for collection based research and teaching, offering much greater access to collections while forging new academic and educational practice.

At Kelvin Hall the University has created research and teaching labs and state of the art conservation studios alongside search and seminar rooms, dedicated postgraduate study space, a conference suite and library. Hunterian staff have new office space within the development. The Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery, Mackintosh House and Zoology Museum remain open as usual on the main University of Glasgow campus.


Friday, 16 September 2016

Disappearing Glasgow - GSA unveils exhibition of photographs by Chris Leslie documenting an era of spectacular change in the city

  • Disappearing Glasgow runs from 17 September - 2 October 2016 in the Reid Building
  • Exhibition marks publication of Disappearing Glasgow book edited by Professor Johnny Rodger, and coincides with Glasgow's Doors Opening Day events
  • Associated talk and  film screening at the GSA on 21 September

Chris Leslie: Disappearing Glasgow - Whitevale and Bluevale flats, Gallowgate’ (2013)


The skyline of Glasgow has been radically transformed as high rise tower blocks have been blown down and bulldozed. 30% of the cities High Rise flats have disappeared since 2006, communities dispersed across the city and Dalmarnock have 'been raised from the ashes' via the Commonwealth Games.

Does this Disappearing Glasgow herald a renaissance in the city? Photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie is widely acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history.  His new exhibition - Disappearing Glasgow documents an era of spectacular change in Glasgow through photography and film.


Chris Leslie: Disappearing Glasgow -  Red Road flats, post demolition (2015)
There is also an event to accompany this exhibition: an illustrated screening by Chris Leslie who will show short films from the project and raise discussion about the latest chapter in Glasgow's ongoing regeneration. The talk and will be introduced by the books editor - Professor Johnny Rodger. Entry free but tickets must be booked in advance via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disappearing-glasgow-film-screening-and-talk-chris-leslie-tickets-27354503055


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Notes for Editors

This exhibition and event is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design 2016. 

About Chris Leslie:

Chris Leslie is a Glasgow-based photographer and filmmaker with an interest in regeneration and human rights. He has worked across Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia as well as in his home city for the BBC, CNN, and several NGO's. His documentary film work has pulled in awards from BAFTA Scotland and has been broadcast across the world. His ongoing work on the changing face of Glasgow has seen him acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city’s recent history. Disappearing Glasgow puts the best of this work on show.

   www.chrisleslie.com
   www.disappearing-glasgow.com

Facing Up to Mackintosh documentary confirmed for prestigious New York Architecture & Design Film Festival



Award winning BBC Scotland documentary Facing Up to Mackintosh, following the design and build of the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art is to be screened at the 2016 Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York it was confirmed today, 16 September 2016. This will be the US Premiere for the film.

Filmed, Produced & Directed by GSA graduate, Louise Lockwood, Facing Up to Mackintosh was made in collaboration with four other graduates of the world famous institution: Roberta Knox, Gibran Farrah, Walter Hamilton and Lu-Sisi who contributed sound design, illustration, graphics and digital design. The premise of the documentary is based on its opening text - What do you build opposite an architectural masterpiece? Discuss.

Filmed over three years the documentary charts the development of the building which was designed by New York-based Steven Holl Architects, and is situated directly opposite the internationally renowned Mackintosh Building which was considered the masterpiece design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The film includes interviews with GSA alumni including Muriel Gray, Adrian Wiszniewski, Martin Boyce and Janice Kirkpatrick, as well as architects Steven Holl and Chris McVoy.

Facing Up to Mackintosh will be screened at 7pm on 29 September and 6pm on 1 October at Cinépolis Chelsea at 26 West 23rd Street, New York.

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Note for Editors

This year’s New York Architecture & Design Film Festival
festival runs between 28 Sep 28 – 2 Oct t the Cinepolis theater with 17 films programs and over 35 films showing. Associated panel discussions about architecture/Design and building will be held in a custom lounge area before and after the screenings. Full details of the festival visit: http://adfilmfest.com/site/ny2016