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.

“In the 3-month period since the fire we have successfully replaced 22% of the volumes we identified as a priority because they were in high demand and used regularly by our students, staff and researchers,” says Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian at the GSA.  “We have been very touched by the generosity shown to us which is testament to the affection in which the Mackintosh Library was held by so many.”

Among the many books received are:

Agnes Miller Parker’s XXI Welsh gypsy folk-tales. Gregynog Press (1933) donated by Blackwells Rare Books. A sumptuous volume of folk-tales, illustrated with original wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker and published by one of the most important British private press of the inter-war period. This limited edition (no. 216 of 250) has its original mustard bevel-edged sheepskin binding.

Agnes Miller Parker (1895–1980) was an engraver and illustrator. Born in Ayrshire, she spent most of her career in London and southern Britain, she studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1911 to 1917, and later joined the staff of the School. Her early painted work displays the influence of Vorticism, but it is in printmaking that she made her name, becoming one of the most accomplished and admired printmakers in Britain.

Ver Sacrum 1898-1903 published by Gerlach & Schenk
 ‘Sacred Spring’ was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. It was hugely influential in the popularising of Art Nouveau across Europe, featuring drawings and designs in the Jugendstil style by artists such as Josef Hoffmann, Gustav Klimt and and Koloman Moser, along with literary contributions from distinguished writers. (Donor – anon)

Art Workers’ Quarterly. 1902-1906 published Chapman & Hall, which has been donated by the Architecture Librarian Group.

This influential early twentieth century journal did much to popularise the Arts and Crafts movement and the work of William Morris, Walter Crane and C. R. Ashbee. It was founded "to supply designs in a readily applicable form to those who do not invent, plan, or adapt ornament, and who find difficulty in obtaining good and suitable suggestions for their work."

The rebuilding of the collections could take many years, but the GSA intends to pursue a targeted rebuild, reflecting both the illustrious history and future direction of the institution.


Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Note for Editors

Institutional Donors to Date

Architecture Librarians Group
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Arts Decoratifs
Blackwells Rare Books
Clark Art Institute
Cranfield University Library
Historic Scotland
Janette Ray Rare Books
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Middle Temple
National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies
National Library of Scotland
Norwich University of the Arts
Portland Art Museum
Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh
Somerset Libraries
University College London
University of Chichester
University of Cumbria
University of Glasgow
University of Manchester, John Rylands Library
University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of Texas
University of Wolverhampton
University of the Creative Arts
Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts
Wallace Collection

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)