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.

ANDY MACMILLAN - A LIFE IN PICTURES

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

WHISKY FIRM DONATES £50K TO THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART APPEAL

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, 
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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 (http://gsapress.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-mackintosh-appeal-launched-and-two.html).

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”  

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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.  





Wednesday, 25 June 2014

New dates and venue for Graham Fagen exhibition.


‘Cabbages in an Orchard; The formers and forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen’ which was to be staged in the Mackintosh Museum will now be installed in the Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art. 

The exhibition will open to the public as planned on Saturday 28 June 2014 and will run until Friday 29 August 2014.‘Cabbages in an Orchard; The formers and forms of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Graham Fagen’ will feature new watercolours, sculptures and photographs by Fagen, alongside three of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s early watercolours from ‘The Magazine’- ‘Cabbages in an Orchard’ (1894), ‘Tree of Influence’ (1896) and ‘Tree of Personal Effort’ (1896).

The exhibition is part of GENERATION


Friday, 20 June 2014

First photos of Fine Art students graduation and presentation to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service


Fine Art graduate, Alex Kuusik, winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal 
with fire fighter Craig Rider who received the honorary Newbery Medal
 on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service



The class of 2014: Fine Art graduates with members of
 the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service




Muriel Gray, Chair of the Governors of the GSA, Craig Rider of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Professor Tom Inns, Director of the GSA and Alex Kuusik winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal.




GSA Architecture alumnus, Graeme Pert, with Assistant Chief Officer, Dave Boyle (left) and Chief Officer Alasdair Hay (right) with the “Thank You” which he placed around artist, and GSA alumnus, Kenny Hunter’s Citizen Firefighter on the day after the fire in the Mackintosh Building




Honorary Doctorates were conferred on acclaimed architect Andy Bow of Foster + Partners and Professor Janice Kirkpatrick, co-founder and Creative Director of leading design studio, Graven.



All photos: Alan McAteer



Honorary Doctorate for acclaimed architect, Andy Bow

Acclaimed architect, Andy Bow, was awarded an Honorary D.Univ at The Glasgow School of Art’s 2014 Graduation Ceremony today, 20 June 2014.

Andy Bow, awarded an honorary doctorate in Glasgow today.

Bow, a senior partner of Foster + Partners, studied at The Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. A winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal, the highest accolade conferred by the GSA on a graduating student, Bow has gone on to become one of the UK’s most respected architects, and in 2001 was made a Board Director of Foster + Partners.

“In his career Andy Bow has worked on major projects across the world from London’s Millennium Bridge to Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan the Ilham Baru Tower, Kuala Lumpur and the Kak Tak Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong,” says Professor Tom Inns Director of the Glasgow School of Art.

“During this time Andy has always made time to the architecture profession and architectural education. He has lectured around the world and is a frequent visiting lecturer here at The Glasgow School of Art.”

“Andy is a wonderful role model for our architecture students who graduated today.”

Bow said: “The Art School has been a huge part of my life for over 30 years and I am extremely proud to have been honoured in this way.”

The Honorary Doctorate, which was conferred by The University of Glasgow, was awarded at the GSA Graduation ceremony on the morning of Friday 20 June 2014 in the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

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0779 941 4474

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Note for Editors


Andy Bow was born in Edinburgh and studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. As a student he won numerous awards and competitions including the first prize in international architectural competitions in New York and Amsterdam, The Glasgow School of Art Newbery Medal and the City of Glasgow Silver Medal for Architecture. 

After graduating in 1988 he moved to London to work with Sir Jeremy Dixon and Ed Jones. He subsequently worked with Sir Terry Farrell as Design Director, where he worked on schemes in the Middle East, the Far East, the UK and Europe. 

Since joining Foster + Partners in 1996 he has worked on numerous projects both locally and overseas. He has led many of the practice’s projects in London, including the Millennium Bridge over the Thames; City Hall - the Greater London Authority Headquarters; the ‘World Squares for All’ masterplan for Trafalgar Square; and Albion Riverside - a mixed use development on the south bank of the Thames. 

He was made a board director in 2001 and promoted to senior partner in May 2006.


The Glasgow School of Art awards highest accolade to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Glasgow School of Art today awarded its highest accolade to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The Newbery Medal, named after Francis (Fra) Newbery who commissioned Mackintosh to design the now world famous art school building, is awarded each year to the highest performing student across the Schools of Architecture, Design and Fine Art. An honorary Newbery Medal was awarded for the first time today.

The honorary Newbery Medal was presented at the GSA Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall at the University of Glasgow which also saw 102 Fine Art students presented with their degrees. The medal was received on behalf of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service by Craig Rider, one of the attending firefighters whose valiant efforts saved the Mackintosh Building. The inscription on the medal reads Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, 23rd May 2014 - Guardians of The Mackintosh.

“Every year at our graduation ceremony we award one Newbery Medal to the highest performing student at The Glasgow School of Art,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “This year for the very first time we will award an Honorary Newbery Medal.  This is to honour the bravest act for which The Glasgow School of Art will always be thankful.”

Chief Officer Alasdair Hay said  “To be awarded the Newbery Medal is a great honour for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and I would like to thank Glasgow School of Art for their kind recognition of our crews.

“Much has been said about the tremendous efforts, courage and professionalism of the firefighters who prevented the loss of the Mackintosh. On behalf of the service I would also like to pay tribute to GSA staff and students for the manner in which they have responded to what has clearly been a tremendously difficult time.  

“When the fire started they safely evacuated the building and then worked with our crews to establish an effective salvage plan that saved everything that could possibly be saved. In the weeks since they have shown incredible warmth and support to our firefighters and it has been greatly appreciated.

“Today is a great occasion marking the culmination of students’ hard work over their courses. We are delighted to be able to share in their big day and wish each and every one of the new graduates the very best in their careers.”  

The 2014 Newbery Medal was awarded to Alex Kuusik, a Fine Art graduate. Alex lost his entire installation, which included paintings based on Hans Holbein's Dance of Death woodcuts, in the fire. However, his ideas live on in his image currently being shown as part of the Fine Art School exhibition at McLellan Galleries: a photograph he took of his installation before disaster stuck. The image caught the attention of Guardian Art Critic, Jonathan Jones who wrote of it: “Holbein's deathly image mixes with Alex’s scribbles and clothes in an impressive conceptual entertainment.”
Two Honorary Doctorates were awarded at 2014 Graduation.

Acclaimed architect, Andy Bow, a senior partner of Foster + Partners, was awarded an Honorary DUniv. A graduate of The Mackintosh School of Architecture and winner of the Newbery Medal, Bow has gone on to become one of the UK’s most respected architects. In 2001 was made a Board Director of Foster + Partners with whom he has designed buildings across the world.

An honorary DLitt was awarded to Janice Kirkpatrick, one of the UK’s leading designers and founder and Creative Director of Glasgow-based Graven Images. Kirkpatrick studied Graphic Design at the GSA graduating in 1984 and winning the Newbery Medal. In 1985 she co-founded Graven Images with Ross Hunter and together they have grown the studio into an internationally recognised design business. For six years a NESTA Trustee and an advisor to both the Scottish and Westminster Governments on the Creative Industries, Janice Kirkpatrick was awarded an OBE for services to Graphic Design in 2013.

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The Glasgow School of Art Degrees are conferred by the University of Glasgow

Thursday, 19 June 2014

GSA Fashion Designers Collections unveiled in Glasgow and to be shown in London

  • Collections by first cohort of GSA Fashion Design students unveiled in specially created tableaux.
  • Collections will be on show at New Designers from 25 – 25 June 2014

                      

                                         

Designs by Ziaqi Zhong,  Callum McKay Greg Learmonth, James Nicolson and Matthew Allen

Jolomo pledges support for The Glasgow School of Art after fire


One of Scotland’s best-selling artists has pledged to give a percentage of the profits from forthcoming exhibitions to help restore the iconic Mackintosh building at The Glasgow School of Art where he was a student for five years.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Mackintosh Appeal launched and two new Trustees announced

  • Peter Capaldi and Brad Pitt lend support by becoming Trustees
  • Appeal aims to raise around £20m
A Message to The Glasgow School of Art from Peter Capaldi from The Glasgow School of Art on Vimeo.

Today, Wednesday 18 June 2014, The Glasgow School of Art launched The Mackintosh Appeal with the aim of raising around £20m to support the institution in the work that needs to be undertaken following the fire in the Mackintosh Building. It was also confirmed that Peter Capaldi and Brad Pitt would lend their support to the GSA by becoming Trustees of the Appeal.

“Our priority to date has been to address the immediate physical and academic impact of the fire,” says Professor Tom Inns Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support from  around the world since the fire and are hugely grateful to all those people who have donated. This support, along with that of the Scottish Government, has been vital. It has enabled us to put in place the Phoenix Bursaries programme to help those students who were most affected by the fire.”

“We are now beginning to look forward to the work we will need to do to return the Mackintosh building to its former glory, and to make sure it continues to be a fit and inspiring place for our students to make work.”

“We are delighted that both Peter Capaldi, one of our most celebrated alumni, and Brad Pitt, whose admiration for Mackintosh is well known, have both joined our campaign and will be Trustees on The Mackintosh Appeal.”

“I hope we can come together to help raise the funds to restore the Mackintosh Building it to its former grace,” adds Capaldi who studied Graphic Design at the GSA. “
It always seemed to me, when I studied there, both as a student and as a child in Saturday morning art classes, an exotic place of the imagination…. all nooks and crannies, guarded by stern ancient statues and full of artistic possibilities.

"There is no greater symbol of the artistic spirit of Scotland than the Mackintosh Building. But more than that it is a symbol of where art belongs, rising as it does out of the heart of a great city. A mighty castle on a hill, it is a part of me, and of all Glaswegians.”
In a specially recorded message for the students he said: “I’m so sorry for all of you who have lost your Degree Shows. All I can say to you is that you are artists. This will only add to your story. You will be reborn, and rise from the ashes even stronger.”