- 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.”
To bid on lots in either the public auction or the silent auction from Saturday 28 May visit https://501auctions.com/mackintoshgaladinner/?mobile=0
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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.