Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Glasgow School of Art Digital Design Studio to create 3D Digital Models of Forth Bridges

The Glasgow School of Art Digital Design Studio is to create 3D Digital Models of Forth Bridges working in partnership with Historic Scotland it was announced today, 29 October 2014. Scotland’s First Minister made the announcement on a visit to the Forth Bridges Visitor Centre.

The portfolio of previous projects has provided the DDS with the necessary experience and capability to undertake the digital documentation of extremely complex structures such as the Forth Bridge

Alex Salmond said:  “The Forth bridges represent Scotland’s industrial past, creative present and our dynamic and innovative future. They are the pinnacle of world leading design and engineering. Therefore it is only right that we do all that we can to conserve and protect them for future generations.

“This exciting new project will not only help to create an extremely accurate record for the conservation and management of the bridges but will also provide digital content from which it will be possible to provide animations, fly-throughs and basic education materials that will help inspire our next generation of Scottish engineers.

“The bridges are iconic landmarks in Scotland and these digital images will no doubt help to showcase their magnificence and attract tourists from across the globe.”

“The Digital Design Studio at The Glasgow School of Art is proud to be part of this exciting and challenging project,” says Dr Paul Chapman, deputy director of the Digital Design Studio. “Our previous portfolio of projects, including many joint ventures with our long term partner Historic Scotland, has provided us with the necessary experience and capability to undertake the digital documentation of these extremely complex structures using laser scanning and other cutting edge technologies.”

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Professor Tom Inns appointed to the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Tom Inns
Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed four new members, to the AHRC’s governing body, the Council. Professor Svenja Adolphs, Mr Robert Dufton, Professor Tom Inns, and Professor Fiona Macpherson have been appointed from 22 September 2014 for four years. The Minister has also reappointed Council members Professor Andrew Thompson and Mr Trevor Spires until 2018. Council members are appointed by the Minister for Universities and Science and are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the AHRC including its key objectives and targets, and key decisions about the research direction of the AHRC.

Chairman of the AHRC Professor Sir Drummond Bone welcomed the appointments: “It is my great pleasure to welcome these four enterprising and influential individuals to the AHRC Council. They will bring new perspectives from their extensive experience in their respective fields to complement our current membership. I look forward to working with them to support the AHRC in driving forward the aims of our strategy throughout our tenth anniversary year and beyond.”

“I am delighted to have been appointed to the AHRC Council,” says Professor Inns. “The UK research landscape is critical to the success of research in all HEIs, within this, the AHRC plays a key role in supporting research across the Arts & Humanities. The appointment provides a great opportunity to play a part in ensuring the UK maintains its research excellence in these areas at a time of great change.”

Professor Tom Inns is the Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland’s Specialist Institution for Art, Design & Architecture. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. In 2000 he moved to the University of Dundee becoming Head of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and was later Dean. Between 2005-2010 he was Programme Director for the AHRC/EPSRC funded Designing for the 21st Century Initiative. Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. He studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art, and his PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

GSA design students give MTV logo a makeover

Communication Design students from The Glasgow School of Art have been invited to give the MTV logo a make over it was announced today, 22 October 2014. Six giant versions of the MTV logo will each be given a fresh look by the designers ahead of the MTV Awards which will take place in Glasgow next month. The students have been given free rein to bring their creativity to the logos, and their designs will go on show in a number of venues across the city in the week before the ceremony.

Jo Bacon, vice-president of marketing, creative and publicity at
MTV UK said: “The whole MTV team has been captured by the Glaswegian style and spirit and we thought this would be a great way to add a touch of the city’s charm to our brand. The Glasgow School of Art has an amazing reputation and we are excited to see the students’ finished designs.”

"It is rare for a global brand to present such an open brief," says Steve Rigley, Lecturer in Graphic Design at The Glasgow School of Art. "Our students will relish the opportunity."

Monday, 13 October 2014

The GSA seeks architect-led design team to restore “The Mack”

The Glasgow School of Art is seeking an architect-led, multi-disciplinary design team to lead the restoration of the world famous Mackintosh Building to a fully functioning art, architecture and design school following the fire earlier this year.
photo: Alan McAteer

A call for expressions of interest from suitably qualified teams has now been issued. The team as a minimum must include an architect, a structural engineer and mechanical and engineering consultants.

“The Mackintosh Building is studied in architecture departments across the globe as an example of almost unmatched design, with generations of architects inspired by Mackintosh’s masterpiece,” says Douglas Anderson, Estates Development Project Manager. “The chance to lead the restoration of this truly iconic building is a once in a life time opportunity and we are anticipating that there will be significant interest from design teams in the UK and beyond.”

Expressions of interest should be registered by 12noon on Monday10 November 2014 following which a shortlist of teams will be drawn up who will be invited to submit a full tender. It is anticipated that the design team will be appointed in spring 2015.

Architect-led teams wishing to register an expression of interest should apply via:

Meanwhile work on the roof to secure the building against the winter weather has been completed on schedule.


Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Temporary roof lifted on to the Mackintosh Building

After benefitting from one of the best summers on record to help dry out the building, The Glasgow School of Art has now moved to secure the Mackintosh Building before the worst of the winter weather sets in.

An aluminium frame structure, created specially for the west wing of the building, is being assembled in sections at ground level in Renfrew Street and then lifted on to the top of  The Mack by crane. The structure, which sit on top of scaffolding that has been erected round the west wing in the last month, will cover the whole of the building from the front door to Scott Street. Once the whole metal structure is in place it will be covered with a plastic material to make the roof watertight.


The bespoke roof, which will remain in place until the replacement roof is built as part of the restoration programme, has been designed and is being installed by SGB Roofing. It is expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Friday, 3 October 2014

Exhibition of new paintings by Richard Walker opens at the GSA

An exhibition of over 40 oil on board paintings, which detail Richard Walker’s own studio space, will open at The Glasgow School of Art tomorrow, Saturday 4 October 2014.
Richard Walker, Ghost (purple) 2013
Richard WalkerLamp 2013
Richard WalkerMonkeys 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bold, colourful and eclectic: Cuban propaganda posters to go on show at The Glasgow School of Art

         Images: 1968 - Day of Solidarity with the Afro-American People - Daysi Garcia; 1968 - Day of solidarity with the people of Palestine - Faustino Perez; 1968 - day of the Heroic Guerilla  - Helena Serrano; 1969 - Day of Solidarity with the people of Laos - Rafael Zarsa

“The art of the Revolution will be internationalist, at the same time as it will be tightly bound to the national roots. We shall encourage the legitimate and combative cultural expressions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, which imperialism tries to destroy. “
From the mission statement of the Congress on Education and Culture in Cuba

Monday, 15 September 2014

Almost a quarter of books on priority replacement list after fire donated to The Glasgow School of Art

GSA bowled over by the generosity of institutions and individuals
Cover of Ver Sacrum, the official magazine of the Vienna Secession, one of a range of books on
the priority list that has been generously donated to the GSA following losses in the fire.
The Glasgow School of Art has received almost a quarter of the books identified for priority replacement following the fire in the Mackintosh Building thanks to the huge generosity of private individuals and institutions the world over it was revealed today.

Friday, 12 September 2014

2014 Masters of Fashion + Textiles unveil final collections

Twelve international designers from Canada, China, India, Ireland, Russia, Scotland and Taiwan unveiled their final collections in The Reid Building today, 12 Sept 2014 in The Glasgow School of Art MDes Fashion Promenade.

Designs by Irina Gusakova, Shujing Liu and Ting Chen

Designs by KellyDawn Riot, Jade Starmore and Pei Shan Wu

This year the designers have drawn their inspiration from a varied selection of historical, contemporary and cultural influences ranging from architectural and geometric shapes to intricate historical armour, 1960s pop art and Chinese temari forms.

“The students have experimented with diverse approaches to practice this year,” says Jimmy Stephen-Cran, Head of Fashion and Textiles at the GSA. “These include experimental dyes, digital print, innovative patchwork techniques, foils and flocks, three-dimensional acetate and wood veneer.”

Friday, 5 September 2014

2014 Graduate Degree Show

A film made in Barlinnie……..3D recreations of 1930s Finnieston and Parliament House……exquisite photographs…..large-scale paintings and sculptures…. representations of the Mackintosh Building Doors made of latex and more

A design by MDes Fashion student, Irina Gusakova,
a section of which is featured on Graduate Degree Show publicity material
The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Degree Show threw open its doors today on work by Masters students on programmes across Architecture, Design, Fine Art and Creative Practice. The show, which runs from Saturday 6 to Friday 12 September, is installed in the Reid Building (Architecture, Design and Creative Practice) and McLellan Galleries (Fine Art). Graduate Degree Show culminates in the 2014 MDes Fashion Promenades which will take place in the Reid Auditorium on the evening of Friday 12 September.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Glasgow School of Art to hold two international symposia on the rebuilding of the Mackintosh Library

The first of two symposia to explore key questions around the rebuilding of the Mackintosh Library will take place in Querini Stampalia, Venice on 18 October 2014, The Glasgow School of Art announced today 3 September 2014. The second event will be held in Glasgow next spring.The symposia will be fundamental to informing the GSA’s construction plans and will operate in parallel to a range of academic research projects aligned to the restoration of the Mackintosh Building.
Querini Stampalia, Venice

Friday, 29 August 2014

Venue for Scottish Ensemble and Toby Paterson's 20th-Century Perspectives announced

20th-Century Perspectives, an ambitious collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and GSA alumnus, artist Toby Paterson, will be staged in the Anderston Centre, it was confirmed today 29 August 2014. The performances will take place at 6.30pm on 12 and 13 September in an abandoned section of the building not normally accessible to the general public.

Glasgow's Anderston Centre completed in 1972

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Toby Paterson and the Scottish Ensemble collaborate on "20th-Century Perspectives", an event set in one of Glasgow’s Modernist landmarks

GSA alumnus, Toby Paterson
Glasgow School of Art alumnus, Toby Paterson, has come together with the acclaimed musicians of The Scottish Ensemble to create a site-specific, immersive experience bringing together music, visual art and architecture. Set in a building rarely accessible to the public the event, 20th-Century Perspectives, will take place on the evenings of 12 and 13 September 2014 starting at 6.30pm.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Remembering Andy MacMillan

Emeritus Professor Andrew MacMillan OBE, 1928 - 2014

Professor Tom Inns expressed the feelings of  the whole GSA community on hearing the sad news that Andy MacMillan had passed away:

“We were saddened to hear the news that Andy MacMillan had passed away.   Andy’s association with the GSA spanned more than seven decades from student to Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and latterly as Emeritus Professor. He was one of the greats of post-war British architecture and his legacy is visible not only in his buildings but in the lives and work of generations of architects whom he taught, challenged and enthused.  He was a generous, inspirational man and everyone who met him came away better for having done so.  We will miss him greatly and our thoughts are with Angela and the family at this very sad time.


With Isi Metzstein in the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia studio
(photo: The Glasgow School of Art)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

GSA students illustrations commissioned for Guardian Clearing Supplement

Front cover of The Guardian's Guide to Clearing by 
GSA Communication Design Student, Jessica Taylor
Designs by Jessica Taylor, a third year Communication Design student at The Glasgow School of Art, are featured on the cover and centrespread of The Guardian’s 2014 Guide to Clearing. Taylor was one of ten GSA students commissioned to submit ideas for the supplement

Monday, 11 August 2014

Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane selected as fifth and final international site for innovative Scottish Ten

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, announced today that the fifth and final international site for the innovative Scottish Ten will be the Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane.
The Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane, constructed by the Motherwell Bridge Company,
sits in the heart of Nagasaki Harbour. The crane, which is still used today,  was 
submitted by
Japan in January 2014 for consideration by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2015.

The Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane circa 1913
The crane was ordered on the advice of Fraserburgh-born Thomas Blake Glover, who is regarded as a key figure in the industrialisation of Japan in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It was designed by the Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Company – which was operating under the name of Appleby and was constructed by the Motherwell Bridge Company. One of 11 of its kind known to survive, including the ‘Titan’ Crane in Clydebank, it sits in the heart of Nagasaki Harbour  - the birthplace of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Free tours of award-winning Reid Building for Doors Open weekend

The Glasgow School of Art will be offering free tours of its award-winning Reid building as part the 25th anniversary Doors Open weekend in Glasgow this September it was announced today, 7 August 2014. Bookings will open at 10am on Wednesday the 27th of August.

The Mackintosh and Reid Buildings

The building which was designed by Steven Holl Architects of New York in partnership with Glasgow-based JM Architects has already won the accolade of AJ Building of the Year and has been shortlisted for a number of other awards.

An homage to Mackintosh’s use of light, one of the building’s signature features is three astonishing “driven voids” which bring light flooding throughout the building. The other signature feature, the circuit of connection, winds throughout the building giving spectacular views into studios and communal spaces.

Friday, 1 August 2014

2014 MDes Fashion Promenades: date announced



Designs by  Chang Liu, Julie White, Ning Wang and Rachel McIndoe
showcased in the 2013 MDes Fashion Promenades

The Glasgow School of Art's 2014 MDes Fashion Promenades will be held on the evening of Friday 12 September in the Reid Auditorium it was announced today 1 August 2014.

2014 Graduate Degree Show to be staged in Reid Building and McLellan Galleries in September

  • Graduate Degree Show will be open to the public from 6 – 13 September 2014
  • MDes Fashion Promenades will be held on the evening of 12 September 2014
The Glasgow School of Art’s 2014 Graduate Degree Show will be staged in the Reid Building and McLellan Galleries it was confirmed today, 1 August 2014. Graduate Degree Show, the annual showcase of work by students following postgraduate programmes at The Glasgow School of Art, will run from Saturday 6 September to Saturday 13 September 2014.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

GSA Fine Art Photography graduate selected for The Skinny's Edinburgh Art Festival showcase

Melanie Letore, who graduated from the Fine Art Photography programme at The Glasgow School of Art earlier this year, will be a featured artist in The Skinny Showcase at the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival. Staged at The Creative Exchange in Leith, the exhibition features work by four recent graduates from Scotland’s art schools. It runs from 1 - 31 August.

Image: from Melanie Letore’s Places which will be featured The Skinny Showcase at the 2014 EAF

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

UK Government supports The Glasgow School of Art Graduate and Research Centre with £5m donation

The UK Government is to support the creation of a Graduate and Research Centre at The Glasgow School of Art with a £5m donation it was announced today, Tuesday 22 July 2014. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, who was making a keynote speech at the Commonwealth Business Summit in Glasgow.

The a Graduate and Research Centre is Phase 2 of the GSA’s campus development programme following the completion of the award-winning Reid building. The development plan will see the GSA create one of the leading Higher Education campuses for learning and research in the visual and creative disciplines, building the institution’s success to date.

Monday, 21 July 2014


Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin company of Pernod Ricard, has donated £50,000 to The Mackintosh Appeal at the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art.

Painting and Printmaking graduate, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne
and Fine Art Photography graduate, Agathe Weiss on the steps of the Mackintosh Building
Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne visited the GSA to present the donation and meet recent Fine Art graduates Agathe Weiss and Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, who were amongst the artists installing Degree Show in the Mackintosh Building when the fire broke out.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teaspoon diver takes gold in John Lewis Commonwealth Games sculpture competition

John Lewis, Glasgow has unveiled The Glasgow School of Art sporting sculpture competition winner.  John Lewis launched the competition last month to celebrate its role as Official Department Store Provider of the Commonwealth Games and support local artists. 
Myra Ostacchini with her diver sculpture

Friday, 11 July 2014

Mackintosh Appeal: major donations from Hugh Fraser Foundation and Cameron Mackintosh Foundation announced

  • GSA announces details of major donations to the  Mackintosh Appeal from the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.
  • Donations pass the three quarters of a million mark.

Donations to the Mackintosh Appeal launched last month have passed the three quarters of a million mark it was revealed today, Friday 11 July 2014, as the GSA announced details of major commitments from two charitable Foundations.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

GSA students beat off nationwide competition to win Design Awards.

Michael Tougher, a 4th year Product Design Engineering (PDE) student at The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University, has won the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 2014 award for his ‘Dots’ stackable buttons that encourage music understanding,  creation and play. Michael follows in the footsteps of GSA graduate Dan Watson who won this award in 2010 and went on to win one of the world's most prestigious prizes, the International Dyson AwardThe second prize went to fellow PDE student Helen Campbell for her construction system ‘Stackpaks’ using recycled dairy product packaging. Michael and Helen beat off competition from 200 students from 19 institutions across the UK.

Michael Tougher’s award-winning Dots design

Proto-type of Michael Tougher’s award-winning Dots design

Friday, 4 July 2014

First cohort of students graduate from GSofA Singapore

The first cohort of honours students to graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, Singapore received their degrees in a special ceremony at Temasek Polytechnic today, 4 July 2014.

Around 100 Communication Design and Interior Design students were presented with their Degrees at in a graduation ceremony led by Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. The ceremony was attended by Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President of SIT, the GSA’s partner institution in Singapore, and the British High Commissioner, Mr Antony Phillipson.

Final year Communication Design students who graduated today

Final year Interior Design students who graduated today

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Artist recreates lost Degree Show work using ash from the Mackintosh fire

New work by Melissa Maloco using ash from a studio which was destroyed along with her Degree Show work will be shown at the GSA in Dunoon exhibition which opens on Friday 4 July 2014.

Image: Curator Theresa Moerman Ib with Melissa Maloco's Negotiation of Space (A Door Closing and Opening)
I felt that there was something very fitting and beautiful in the use of a material
born out of destruction and tragedy "giving life" to new artwork
Melissa Maloco

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

New "Mackintosh at the GSA" tours announced as “The Mack” closed for restoration

Following the recent fire, The Glasgow School of Art’s world famous Mackintosh building will be closed for some time to allow for restoration. The GSA has developed a new Mackintosh at the GSA tour which is launched today, Tuesday 1 July. Seven tours will run daily starting at 10am.

Led by the GSA’s award-winning student guides, the new hour-long tours give an insight into the Charles Rennie Mackintosh story at The Glasgow School of Art: from student to master architect and designer. They not only take in the Mackintosh Building but a number of hidden architectural gems in the local area which have a special connection with Mackintosh.

Image: tours with the GSA’s award-winning guides start in the new Window on Mackintosh visitor centre
“Although entry to the Mackintosh building is not possible at the moment there is still much to see and enjoy from the exterior of this astonishing building,” says Cathie Randall, General Manager of Glasgow School of Art Enterprises Ltd.  “Through our new tour visitors will be able to discover more about Mackintosh’s ideas, inspirations, education and relationships.”

First Degree Show at The Glasgow School of Art, Singapore opens

The first cohort of students to complete their studies at The Glasgow School of Art, Singapore unveiled their Degree Show today, 1 July 2014. Held at the newly opened SIT@TP building where future GSofA Singapore classes will be conducted, the exhibition showcases work by over 100 students following interior and graphic design, photography and illustration programmes.

Images: from the collection by Sim Jun Yi Clarence (Communication Design)

Friday, 27 June 2014

Graham Fagen shows newly created work alongside original Mackintosh watercolours in "Cabbages in an Orchard…"

Cabbages in an Orchard; The formers and forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen
28 June - 29 August 2014, Reid Gallery, Reid Building The Glasgow School of Art

"The aim is to create an exhibition that considers form and place, 
transcending my roots in the New Town and Art School.”
Graham Fagen

In this specially commissioned exhibition GSA alumnus and Scotland + Venice 2015 artist Graham Fagen shows new work commissioned specially for The Glasgow School of Art which was inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s own student work. Shown alongside Fagen's work are three original Mackintosh watercolours from the GSA archive which survived the recent fire completely unscathed. The exhibition was previewed today, 27 June 2014 and opens to the public tomorrow.

UK government to give £5 million to The Glasgow School of Art

The UK government is to support the work being done to deal with aftermath of the fire which damaged the Mackintosh Building last month. It ill give £5m to The Glasgow School of Art.

The announcement was made today, 27 June 2014 by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. Full text of news release below.

Further information on The Glasgow School of Art 
and the Mackintosh Appeal 
Lesley Booth, 
0779 941 4474,

News Release

UK government to give £5 million to The Glasgow School of Art  

The UK government is supporting the work being done to deal with aftermath of the fire which damaged the Mackintosh Building in May this year.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, today announced that the government will provide £5 million pounds to The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Mackintosh Appeal.

The GSA was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design.  It is widely recognised as one of Europe’s foremost university-level institutions for creative education and research in fine art, design and architecture.

The fire, on 23 May, damaged the 1907-1909 section of the internationally significant Mackintosh Building.  The building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the School’s most distinguished alumni, in the late 19th century.  It’s one of Glasgow - and Scotland’s and the UK’s – most iconic and best known buildings and was judged to be best building of the past 175 years in a nationwide poll run by Royal Institute of British Architects.

On the 18 June the GSA formally launched the Mackintosh Appeal, with Brad Pitt and Peter Capaldi amongst its trustees, and aims to raise around £20 million to support the institution in the work that needs to be undertaken following the fire (

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said:

“The Glasgow School of Art is one of Glasgow’s great institutions. The response to the fire from people across the world has been phenomenal.

“I am delighted to be able to announce that the UK government will be providing £5 million to the Mackintosh Appeal to help the GSA recover and then continue to thrive. It is a beautiful building of international importance so it is right that the UK government should make a contribution to its restoration.

“We will work with The Glasgow School of Art to ensure that the funding is provided at the most appropriate time to meet their needs.”

Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said:

“The UK Government's funding announcement is a huge boost to the GSA Development Trust’s Mackintosh Appeal.

We are determined to restore the building to its former glory, as the inspirational home for the GSA's creative talent and for the delight of visitors from across the UK and the world.

The UK government's support will help us enormously in our efforts to rebuild, and to ensure we can continue to operate at the highest level internationally, bringing the UK's creative talent to the world and allowing the world to understand the unique contribution of Mackintosh.”

Colin Grassie, Chairman of The GSA Development Trust said:

“We are delighted with this significant boost from the UK Government, reflecting as it does the recognition of the reach and importance of The Glasgow School of Art.

That enthusiasm has also been seen in countless donations and messages of support that we have received globally since The Mackintosh Appeal began.  On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to express our sincere gratitude”  


Notes for Editors 

The Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries of Glasgow.  However, the School’s lineage can be traced to 1753, when Robert Foulis established a school of art and design in Glasgow, described as “the single most influential factor in the development of eighteenth-century Scottish Art”.  Today, the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.

Our studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions.  The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to addressing many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.

The GSA Development Trust

The GSA Development Trust is an independent Scottish Charitable Trust established in 2011 to generate philanthropic support to enable the GSA to achieve its major strategic objectives. It has since 2012 been running a capital fundraising campaign to support the creation of a revolutionary new graduate and research centre. 

In June 2014, in response to the fire in the Mackintosh Building, the Trust launched a £20m appeal to enable the GSA to recover from consequences of the Fire in the Mackintosh building. It will work with a range of potential supporters, Trusts, Companies and individuals, in the UK and overseas, over the coming years to meet this philanthropic requirement as it develops.