Phoenix Exhibition announced
Images: Reginald MacDonald at work in his studio in Glasgow, Hannah Clarson Dornan’s studio in Boston and Sula Grigg at work in her studio in Mongolia. The artists were able to make new work through the Phoenix Bursary programme
A special group exhibition of new work by the artists who benefited from the Phoenix Bursary programme is to be staged in the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art from 24 July – 2 August 2015 it was announced today Friday 27 March 2015. The press view will be on the morning of Thursday 23 July.
Following the fire in the Mackintosh Building last year, which significantly impacted on the final year Fine Art students, the GSA set up a special programme with support from the Scottish Government and academic institutions across the world. The Phoenix Bursary programme offered the recent graduates up to 15 weeks studio time, a bursary and materials budget in order to develop their practice and create a new body of work. Around half of the artists stayed in Glasgow with others taking the opportunity to work overseas. Now they will all show their new work in a specially curated group show.
“In a wonderful gesture of solidarity with those artists who had lost all their work in the fire, all 102 Fine Art students agreed to show just one image each in a simple showcase exhibition two weeks after the fire last year,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We are delighted to be able to offer the artists the chance to show a body of newly created work in this specially curated group show.”
“We are hugely grateful to the Scottish Government and our sister institutions across the world without whose support it would not have been possible to create the Phoenix Bursary programme, and to offer this important opportunity to the artists as they set out on their professional careers,” he adds.
Image: Fiona Hyslop MSP meets artist Milly Maloco in her Phoenix Bursary supported studio.
The Phoenix Bursary programme has been supported a £750,000 grant from the Scottish Government.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:
“Last year’s fire at the Glasgow School of Art was a painful low point in what was such a momentous year for Scotland. For those talented students whose work was destroyed, it was a heart breaking event.
“The Scottish Government has been delighted to help the 2014 fine art graduates rebuild their portfolios through our investment in the Phoenix Bursary Scheme.
“The response from institutions around the globe, in opening up their doors to welcome graduates from GSA, has been wonderful. I’m looking forward to seeing the work created by the artists as their talent rises from the flames.”
100 bursary holders across the three pathways – Fine Art Photography, Painting and Printmaking and Sculpture and Environmental Art - will show work in the group exhibition, which will be installed in spaces throughout the Reid Building. Further information on the works on show will be released in the coming weeks.
Further information contact: Lesley Booth, 0779 941 4474, firstname.lastname@example.org
24 July – 2 August 2015
The Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3
Open: Monday – Thursday 10am to 9pm; Friday 10am – 7pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am – 5pm
Phoenix Bursary exhibition
A group exhibition of new work by the artists benefitting from the Phoenix Bursary programme following the fire in the Mackintosh Building.
Further information www.gsa.ac.uk/events
Notes for Editors
- The Phoenix Bursary programme was established by The Glasgow School of Art in the immediate aftermath of the fire to ensure that all the artists were able to develop their practice and create a new body of work. The programme has been supported by a £750,000 grant from the Scottish Government..
- Through the Phoenix Bursary programme each artist received up to 15 weeks studio time with a weekly stipend of £315 and up to £1,000 for materials together with some academic support.
- Artists receiving a Phoenix Bursary were generously supported by: the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway; California College of Art, San Francisco, USA; Concordia, Montreal, Canada; Emily Carr, Vancouver, Canada; Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland; Leeds College of Art, England; Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, Germany; Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; Manchester School of Art, England; Massachsetts College of Art and Design, Boston, USA; Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture, Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway; Pratt Institute, New York, USA; Rhode Island School of Design, USA, SOMA Institute, Mexico City, Mexico, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany; University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland; University of the Arts London (Camberwell college of Art), England; The University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.
- In addition artists developed work in studios in Buenos Aires, Crete, Hong Kong and Singapore.