Friday, 27 May 2016

Unique set of silver spoons and exquisite brooches up for auction as the GSA launches Mackintosh Campus Appeal in the USA

  • The spoons each incorporate an original, hand forged nail recovered from the Mackintosh Library after the fire. The brooches feature fragments of paint, wood and cinder from 'the Mack'.
  • Bids on the lots can be made from anywhere in the world
  • The GSA will launch the Mackintosh Campus Appeal in the USA with three events in New York from 31 May to 2 June 2016.

Images: set of silver spoons and a brooch incorporating original fragments of painted wood and hand forged nails retrieved from the Mackintosh Building after the fire.

A unique set of silver spoons made by the joint Head of Silversmithing & Jewellery at the GSA, Helen Marriott, will be auctioned at the beginning of June as the GSA launches the Mackintosh Campus Appeal in the USA it was revealed today, 27 May 2016. The four spoons, which will be a lot in a public auction on the evening of 2 June 2016, each feature a forged silver bowl joined to an original hand forged nail recovered from the Mackintosh Library after the fire.

An associated silent auction will include a wide range of lots including exquisite brooches incorporating fragments of painted and charred wood retrieved from the Mackintosh Building after the fire. These pieces have been made by Anna Gordon, joint Head of Jewellery & Silversmithing at the GSA. Also in the silent auction is a tiepin made from an original Mackintosh Building nail made by Michael Pell a lecturer in the S&J department.

The US launch of the Mackintosh Campus Appeal follows last month’s launch in Glasgow at which the GSA announced that the restored Mackintosh Building would be the heart of an expanded Garnethill campus, and would return to its original academic configuration with all first year students based in the building.

It was confirmed today that the GSA will stage three events in New York in the coming days to launch the Mackintosh Campus Appeal in the USA.

On 31 May there will be an informal reception at the NY offices of Grimshaw Architects. The event will be hosted by Dr Andrew Whalley, an Alumnus of the GSA, who is Deputy Chairman of the internationally-renowned practice, known for many acclaimed buildings including the iconic Eden Centre.

The following evening will see a lecture in the Frederick P Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union. It will be given by Pamela Robertson, Emereta Professor of Mackintosh Studies at The University of Glasgow, and will be hosted by Paul Goldberger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Architecture Critic of The New Yorker, and currently Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair.

The events will culminate in a gala dinner at which there will be a public auction. The silver spoons will be among the lots, and bids will be taken from across the globe.

“These events are a tremendous opportunity for the GSA to raise awareness of our exciting plans for the restored Mackintosh Building and Garnethill campus, as well as the need for philanthropic support from around the world to make them a reality,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We are grateful to our team of supporters in New York who have worked with the GSA’s Development Trust to bring together this programme of events for the US launch of the Appeal.”

“We are delighted to offer for auction this unique set of silver spoons and exquisite jewellery. Creativity and innovation are at heart of everything we do at the GSA. These wonderful pieces demonstrate how with creativity beauty can come from adversity.”

“Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art is one of the great buildings of the world, and when it was seriously damaged by fire, lovers of architecture everywhere felt a sense of loss,” says Paul Goldberger. “I am delighted that we in the United States are able to join in the effort to restore this incomparable work of architecture.”

I started my career in Architecture as a student at the Glasgow School Of Art.  The quality of teaching was superb and the city of Glasgow is inspirational, but my lasting memory is that this learning experience was set against the Mackintosh's Building which was truly inspirational,” adds Andrew Whalley “We must' all do what we can to restore this critically important building for future generations of students that will walk up the steps of the Mack to embark on their careers.”

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Notes for Editors

The Mackintosh Campus Appeal is a £32m fundraising campaign (£17m already secured) which will enable the GSA to recover from the impact of the fire and meet its academic ambitions through a sensitive and authentic restoration of the west wing and upgrading of the east wing of the of the Mackintosh Building, the purchase of the Stow College site, and the development of studio and workshop space in the Stow Building.

The events for the Mackintosh Campus Appeal launch in the USA have been by organised members of the GSA’s Development Trust in partnership with a small team of supporters in New York.

Honorary Patron and Trustees of the Mackintosh Campus Appeal are:

Honorary Patron: The Rt Hon The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden KT
Trustees: Peter Capaldi, Kelly Cooper-Barr, Dr Kenneth Chrystie, Bob Downes,
Ken Ross OBE (Chair), Bryan Ferry CBE, Dr Muriel Gray, Prof Tom Inns, 
Douglas Kinnaird, MT Rainey, Brad Pitt

The Silversmithing & Jewellery programme at the GSA aims to provide a broad, balanced programme covering aspects of body adornment and fine metalworking from the development of original design concepts through to the finely crafted finished work. The course embraces as broad an approach to silversmithing and jewellery as possible, from designing for the mainstream jewellery or silverware industries to the pursuit of very personal works intended for gallery exposure.

The department is headed by leading designer-makers Helen Marriott and Anna Gordon, and counts among its lecturers Jonathan Boyd, designer of the 2014 Commonwealth Games medals. Over a period of several months in 2014 the unique medals were each individually handmade by Boyd and the staff in S&J.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Detailed drawings of the Mackintosh Building donated to The Glasgow School of Art

Image: Cross Section through the Mack showing the lecture theatre and library. One of a set of drawing donated to the GSA by Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke RIAS, MRIAI, RIBA, RSUA has donated his complete set of detailed drawings of the Mackintosh Building to the GSA it was announced today, 20 May 2016. Paul Clarke, who is currently Reader in Architecture at the Belfast School of Architecture and Design, made the drawings of the Mack along with a set of The Hill House whilst teaching at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA in the early 1990s.

Image: Some of the drawings donated of the Mack by Paul Clarke to the GSA

Over many months of careful work Paul surveyed and measured the original buildings making many detailed drawings and sketches in his notebook. From these studies he produced a series of large architectural drawings as sections, plans and studies which had never been drawn before. The resulting drawings are a particularly accurate record of Mackintosh’s masterwork buildings, including the Mackintosh library.

Image (left to right): Alison Stevenson, Paul Clarke, Dr Robyne Calvert and Prof Christopher Platt.

“These drawings will be of great use to the design team as we move into the reinstatement phase of the restoration,” says Elizabeth Davidson, Mackintosh Restoration Senior Project Manager. “We are very grateful to Paul for this incredibly generous gesture.”

“I hope that the drawings can contribute in some way to the wonderful and comprehensive archive of reference material held by the GSA in undertaking this incredibly important project,” adds  Paul Clarke, who is working as part of the Mackintosh Restoration design team, which is being led by Page \ Park architects. “In years to come I hope that they will be of interest to new generations of students, staff and members of the public undertaking research on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who with his extraordinary abilities as both an architect and artist continues to inspire us all.”

“The GSA is grateful to Paul Clarke for these wonderful drawings of the Mack,” says Alison Stevenson Head of Learning Resources at the GSA. “They will now join Mackintosh’s original plans for the School of Art building in the GSA’s Archives and Collections, and be a further resource for anyone who has interest in the life and work of Mackintosh and the Art School.”


Lesley Booth
GSA Press and Media Relations
0779 941 4474

GSA Students to display their "Designs for Island Life."

postgrads to unveil exhibition at the GSA next week.

Life in the Outer Hebrides is the inspiration for an exhibition by Design Innovation Masters students from The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA) which will be unveiled in the The Reid Gallery on the evening of Monday May 23. The event, which runs from 5.30pm-9pm will be open to the public. It is also hoped to take the exhibition to the Hebrides later in the year.
The “Design for Island Life” project started in January with a Winter School at the GSA’s Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands, which was attended by more than 80 staff and students from the GSA, Copenhagen and Cologne.

The project was carried out as part of a larger piece of research by the GSA's Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) called Archipelago 136, which works with communities in the Western Isles. 

Programme Director Dr Gordon Hush said: “These students are helping to pioneer a whole new form of design practice, moving beyond the walls of the studio and into the lives and communities of the people with whom they have been collaborating. This is ‘social design’ in action.”

The GSA students continued the project over the past 12 weeks, studying what it means to live and work in this part of the world, focusing on subjects including history, environment, economics and wellbeing. They also visited the Outer Hebrides earlier this year to interview local people and businesses.

Now the students are set to share their research journey and insights, as well as show their impressions of future life in the Hebrides. By visiting Lewis, Barra and South Uist and working collaboratively with people and communities there, the students used their design skills to identify opportunities that might be of interest and value to the islands.

Ute Schauberger,  a student on MDes Design Innovation and Citizenship programme, said: “Involving islanders during the design process for example really challenged my assumptions about the Hebrides. It is the people who participated in these projects along the way, who really make them unique, and who helped us grow as designers and as people.

“I am really excited to show off our work after 12 weeks and proud of what every team has achieved. It feels like we can give back a little to the people we have worked with, and maybe even inspire others to start their own Hebridean adventure.” 

South Uist-based film maker and artist Beatrix Wood, who took part in the project, said: “It has been a great pleasure to assist some of the InDI students with their research on South Uist. Their original approaches to design led to many interesting conversations and ideas. I hope they found this unique environment a stimulus to their research work and that it will form part of an ongoing cultural dialogue with the Western Isles.  Design in this context is vital to create new thinking appropriate to island life in the 21st century." 

For further details of the project see Notes for Editors


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Notes for Editors

Archipelago 136 is a design innovation teaching and research programme within the Creative Futures Partnership, a pioneering partnership between GSA and Highlands and Islands Enterprise 
The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) 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 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 inquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to addressing many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.

InDI is one of the GSA’s major research centres. It is a distributed, creative collective of researchers, lecturers and students specialising in Design Innovation. Together, the group addresses complex issues through new design practices and bespoke community engagement to co-create preferable futures.

Located in both Glasgow and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, which is home to our headquarters, enables InDI us to teach and research in urban and geographically distributed contexts. 

The Creative Futures Partnership (CFP) is a pioneering partnership between The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It has been established to deliver transformational benefits for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. 

It combines the GSA’s strengths in creativity and innovation with HIE’s economic and community development expertise. Through our research and teaching programmes the partnership is committed to the long-term and sustainable development of a creative, entrepreneurial and internationally connected region.