Thursday, 21 July 2016

SYHA’s Glasgow Metro youth hostel (GSA's Margaret Macdonald House) awarded 3 stars by VisitScotland

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s (SYHA) Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel - The Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret Macdonald House student residence accommodation

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel,  (The Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret Macdonald House student residence accommodation), one of three temporary summer city youth hostels, has been awarded 3 stars in VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme it was revealed today, 21 July 2016. 

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Chief Executive, Keith Legge, said: “We are extremely happy to have been awarded a 3 star grading in our second year of running Glasgow Metro over the busy summer months and working in close partnership with The Glasgow School of Art to improve the facilities for our guests.   Turning the student residence accommodation into a quality youth hostel and in such a central location is popular with individuals, families, students and groups.

Margaret Macdonald House will continue to be run by SYHA as Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel until the end of August 2016.

Full text of the SYHA news release below. 





News Release

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s (SYHA) Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel, one of three temporary summer city youth hostels, has been awarded 3 stars in VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme.

2016 is the second year that SYHA has taken over the running of - at Cowcaddens over the busy summer tourist season, as part of its strategy to identify new sites to modernise its popular youth tourism destinations to meet guests’ expectations. 

VisitScotland’s internationally recognised grading scheme brings together all the accommodation, attractions and places to eat that come with the VisitScotland seal of approval - a clear, reliable sign of exceptional customer service and high-quality facilities.  The 3 star rating, awarded to SYHA, represents a grading score of between 60 and 74% and has been increased from the 2 star 2015 award due to upgraded decoration and floor coverings by GSA and improvements in general cleanliness ahead of SYHA’s summer residency.

SYHA will run The Glasgow School of Art’s student accommodation until 31 August 2016, providing the budget traveller visiting this top city destination with additional city centre bedspaces.   All 110 bedrooms at Glasgow Metro are single and almost 50% of the rooms are ensuite. They all have access to a kitchen equipped for basic self-catering.  Prices start from £25pppn, with free wifi included.

Turning the student residence accommodation into a youth hostel over the summer months proved popular in 2015 with individuals, families, students and groups.  The central location is in easy reach of Glasgow’s tourist attractions, cultural and music festivals and events, architecture, sports venues, shopping, restaurants and bars; as well as for onward travel to destinations throughout Scotland.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s Chief Executive, Keith Legge, said: “We are extremely happy to have been awarded a 3 star grading in our second year of running Glasgow Metro over the busy summer months and working in close partnership with The Glasgow School of Art to improve the facilities for our guests.   Turning the student residence accommodation into a quality youth hostel and in such a central location is popular with individuals, families, students and groups.

Guests looking to stay in the West End also have the option of SYHA’s existing Glasgow Youth Hostel at the top of Kelvingrove Park, which is open all year round.

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Useful Links
SYHA Hostelling Scotland - https://www.syha.org.uk/
For downloadable images and a fact sheet for Glasgow Metro got to: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uhsofdncmhsxdrt/AADxdWDXDbvglJlzMuck3r1Pa?dl=0

Media Contact for SYHA:
Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: paddy@littlehousemedia.uk.com| M: 07913 951717
Amy Pierzchalo, Digital Marketing Executive | SYHA Hostelling Scotland | T: +44 (0) 1786 891305 | E: apierzchalo@syha.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Glasgow Metro Youth Hostel, 89 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, G3 6QT

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of over 60 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer. Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.  https://www.syha.org.uk/
Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland.




Artwork sets sail on Hebridean Ferry

Artist Thomas Keyes with his Songlines commission on the Isle of Lewis Ferry

Passengers travelling between Ullapool and Stornoway this summer will be able to enjoy a new artwork displayed onboard the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, The Isle of Lewis.
The pop-up installation, which features an illuminated manuscript page made by Black Isle-based artist Thomas Keyes takes the form of a deerskin parchment decorated with plant-based dyes. Its inspiration is the colours of the landscape and the history of the Uig area on Lewis.
The artwork is the outcome of one of a number of projects led by the pioneering Creative Futures Partnership between The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), established to deliver transformational benefits to the region.
It was commissioned as part of the Bealach Songlines project; a collaboration involving An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway and local agencies supported by Creative Scotland CP Award. Songlines is linked to Ionad Hiort, a community project to establish a St Kilda visitor centre based in Uig.

Thomas worked with GSA Masters student Mhairi Creanor, to design the final piece.
“I was greatly inspired by the landscape and culture of Lewis, particularly the history of lichen dyeing,” says Thomas. “It’s very fitting that the work should travel by sea as many of the original manuscripts did. It’sprobably more than 1,000 years since that last happened.”
Songlines takes its name from the Australian aboriginal practice of learning and sharing knowledge of geographic routes through song and poetry. Drawing inspiration from this tradition, it is hoped that the Songlines project will bring the unique stories of the Hebridean landscape to life, transforming the Stornoway-Uig route into an attraction in its own right.
In total, six artists will complete artworks for the trail, which will be created over the next 18 months. Work is currently underway on the second Songlines commission – a new work by Isle of Lewis based artist, Moira Maclean. As a starting point for her commission, Moira is considering how the physical journey between Stornoway and Uig relates to emotion and memory.
Keyes’ work will also tour local island communities later in the summer.
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ADDITIONAL QUOTES
Catherine Maclean, project curator, Creative Places, of An Lanntair, said: “An Lanntair are delighted to be working with The Glasgow School of Art and The St Kilda Centre on the Songlines project. It is such a unique project that reflects the traditions and beauty of the Hebridean landscape. It is also a wonderful opportunity for a variety of artists to come to the islands and experience the Outer Hebrides and together create a truly unique body of work.” 
Malcolm MacLean, of Ionad Hiort, said: “The Uig road already features a number of great public artworks from the Lewis chessmen to the Calanais Stones and George Wylie's Palm Tree in Achmore. Songlines aims to creatively develop that 'tradition' and we look forward to seeing the new ideas that GSA and An Lanntair generate.”
Brian Dixon, project coordinator at the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), said: “It’s great to see the launch of Songlines. We’re all very excited to be taking the first steps towards developing an innovative, world-class cultural trail together.”
Iain Hamilton, head of creative industries at HIE, said: “The Creative Futures Partnership is about applying creativity in projects that strengthen communities around the region. It is particularly encouraging to see collaborations like this, with An Lanntair and the Uig community tapping into the creative expertise available through GSA to progress a local cultural ambition. We very much look forward to seeing Songlines and indeed the St Kilda centre, making further progress and the benefits this will bring to people in the Outer Hebrides.”
NOTES
Songlines is an initiative under the Creative Futures Partnership between The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). It was conceived as a public art trail by the Uig community as part of the Ionad Hiort project, which is working to establish a remote access visitor centre for St Kilda, based in Uig. It was first outlined in James Rebanks 2015 report, "The St Kilda Centre - A World Class Idea", as a means of enhancing the journey between Stornoway and Uig. The project is being led by the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), in partnership with An Lanntair arts centre as part of their Bealach project. Bealach is supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Place award, which is commissioning cultural projects across Lewis and Harris throughout 2016/17. 
The Creative Futures Partnership (CFP) is a pioneering partnership between the GSA and HIE, established to deliver transformational benefits for the Highlands and Islands. The CFP combines the GSA’s strengths in creativity and innovation with HIE’s economic and community development expertise. Through research and teaching programmes, the partnership is committed to the long-term and sustainable development of a creative, entrepreneurial and internationally connected region.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

GSA student scoops two of the five RIAS-A&DS awards

Maelys Garreau, who recently completed Stage 3 Architecture studies in the Mackintosh School of Architecture at The Glasgow School of Art, has scooped two of the five prestigious RIAS-A&DS student awards.

Maelys Garreau: Catch-up - an institution for children who have been in hospital which would
help them catch-up on creative development that they might have missed.
The proposal won two of the five 
RIAS-A&DS student awards.

Maelys won both the A&DS Best 3rd Year Student Award and The RIAS -  Andy MacMillan Drawing Award for her response to a brief to create an Institute of Creative Learning on the GSA’s new Highlands and Islands Campus near Forres. Her work was unveiled at GSA Degree Show last month and is now on show at The Lighthouse along with the other winning and shortlisted projects.

The Glasgow School of Art is developing a Highlands and Islands campus in a group of Grade A Listed Italianate Buildings on the Altyre Estate near Forres. Stage 3 Architecture students were set a brief to design an Institute of Creative Learning on the site.  Maelys’ response to the brief was Catch-up - an institution for children who had been in hospital which would help them to catch-up on creative development that they might have missed.

“The open and remote environment allows for freedom of creative expression in movement and play,” explains Maelys. “It allows for the use of all the senses in the ways that children face challenges and adapt to them.”



“This is a sophisticated approach to creating architecture for children, immersively approaching the building through the eyes of a child”, said the judges in awarding her the Best 3rd Year Student Award..


Of her set of drawings which won her a second award the judges said: “This is a superbly seductive set of drawings which are immersed in creating a vision of a future seen through a child’s eyes. They have great charm but no hint of childishness. It is a sophisticated collection of very beautiful images which generate convincing architecture.”

"Maelys was an exceptional and determined student who has developed a strong and very individual response to the complex societal question of the importance of 'learning'," says Katherine Li, Stage 3 Architecture tutor at The Glasgow School of Art.  "She evolved an architectural proposition which takes the child's view of learning, allowing them to embark on an educational journey of delight, discovery and enchantment.  Her design is sophisticated, believable and beautifully presented.”

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Notes for Editors

Jointly held by A&DS and RIAS the annual student awards recognise academic projects from the five Scottish Schools of Architecture. Awarded are the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal (5th Year student), the A&DS award for best 3rd year Student, the A&DS Urban Design Award, the A&DS Sustainable Design Award and the RIAS Andy Macmillan Drawing Award. 

The A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture Exhibition are on show in The Lighthouse, Glasgow until 25 September 2016.


This year’s judges were:
Iain Connelly, PPRIAS, President RIAS 2013-15
Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Scottish Government
Christophe Egret, Studio Egret West, London
Karen Anderson, Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland