Thursday, 23 October 2014

Professor Tom Inns appointed to the governing body of the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Tom Inns
Greg Clark, Minister for Universities and Science, has appointed four new members, to the AHRC’s governing body, the Council. Professor Svenja Adolphs, Mr Robert Dufton, Professor Tom Inns, and Professor Fiona Macpherson have been appointed from 22 September 2014 for four years. The Minister has also reappointed Council members Professor Andrew Thompson and Mr Trevor Spires until 2018. Council members are appointed by the Minister for Universities and Science and are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the AHRC including its key objectives and targets, and key decisions about the research direction of the AHRC.

Chairman of the AHRC Professor Sir Drummond Bone welcomed the appointments: “It is my great pleasure to welcome these four enterprising and influential individuals to the AHRC Council. They will bring new perspectives from their extensive experience in their respective fields to complement our current membership. I look forward to working with them to support the AHRC in driving forward the aims of our strategy throughout our tenth anniversary year and beyond.”

“I am delighted to have been appointed to the AHRC Council,” says Professor Inns. “The UK research landscape is critical to the success of research in all HEIs, within this, the AHRC plays a key role in supporting research across the Arts & Humanities. The appointment provides a great opportunity to play a part in ensuring the UK maintains its research excellence in these areas at a time of great change.”

Professor Tom Inns is the Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland’s Specialist Institution for Art, Design & Architecture. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. In 2000 he moved to the University of Dundee becoming Head of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and was later Dean. Between 2005-2010 he was Programme Director for the AHRC/EPSRC funded Designing for the 21st Century Initiative. Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. He studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art, and his PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

GSA design students give MTV logo a makeover

Communication Design students from The Glasgow School of Art have been invited to give the MTV logo a make over it was announced today, 22 October 2014. Six giant versions of the MTV logo will each be given a fresh look by the designers ahead of the MTV Awards which will take place in Glasgow next month. The students have been given free rein to bring their creativity to the logos, and their designs will go on show in a number of venues across the city in the week before the ceremony.

Jo Bacon, vice-president of marketing, creative and publicity at
MTV UK said: “The whole MTV team has been captured by the Glaswegian style and spirit and we thought this would be a great way to add a touch of the city’s charm to our brand. The Glasgow School of Art has an amazing reputation and we are excited to see the students’ finished designs.”

"It is rare for a global brand to present such an open brief," says Steve Rigley, Lecturer in Graphic Design at The Glasgow School of Art. "Our students will relish the opportunity."

Monday, 13 October 2014

The GSA seeks architect-led design team to restore “The Mack”

The Glasgow School of Art is seeking an architect-led, multi-disciplinary design team to lead the restoration of the world famous Mackintosh Building to a fully functioning art, architecture and design school following the fire earlier this year.
photo: Alan McAteer

A call for expressions of interest from suitably qualified teams has now been issued. The team as a minimum must include an architect, a structural engineer and mechanical and engineering consultants.

“The Mackintosh Building is studied in architecture departments across the globe as an example of almost unmatched design, with generations of architects inspired by Mackintosh’s masterpiece,” says Douglas Anderson, Estates Development Project Manager. “The chance to lead the restoration of this truly iconic building is a once in a life time opportunity and we are anticipating that there will be significant interest from design teams in the UK and beyond.”

Expressions of interest should be registered by 12noon on Monday10 November 2014 following which a shortlist of teams will be drawn up who will be invited to submit a full tender. It is anticipated that the design team will be appointed in spring 2015.

Architect-led teams wishing to register an expression of interest should apply via:

Meanwhile work on the roof to secure the building against the winter weather has been completed on schedule.


Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Temporary roof lifted on to the Mackintosh Building

After benefitting from one of the best summers on record to help dry out the building, The Glasgow School of Art has now moved to secure the Mackintosh Building before the worst of the winter weather sets in.

An aluminium frame structure, created specially for the west wing of the building, is being assembled in sections at ground level in Renfrew Street and then lifted on to the top of  The Mack by crane. The structure, which sit on top of scaffolding that has been erected round the west wing in the last month, will cover the whole of the building from the front door to Scott Street. Once the whole metal structure is in place it will be covered with a plastic material to make the roof watertight.


The bespoke roof, which will remain in place until the replacement roof is built as part of the restoration programme, has been designed and is being installed by SGB Roofing. It is expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Friday, 3 October 2014

Exhibition of new paintings by Richard Walker opens at the GSA

An exhibition of over 40 oil on board paintings, which detail Richard Walker’s own studio space, will open at The Glasgow School of Art tomorrow, Saturday 4 October 2014.
Richard Walker, Ghost (purple) 2013
Richard WalkerLamp 2013
Richard WalkerMonkeys 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bold, colourful and eclectic: Cuban propaganda posters to go on show at The Glasgow School of Art

         Images: 1968 - Day of Solidarity with the Afro-American People - Daysi Garcia; 1968 - Day of solidarity with the people of Palestine - Faustino Perez; 1968 - day of the Heroic Guerilla  - Helena Serrano; 1969 - Day of Solidarity with the people of Laos - Rafael Zarsa

“The art of the Revolution will be internationalist, at the same time as it will be tightly bound to the national roots. We shall encourage the legitimate and combative cultural expressions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, which imperialism tries to destroy. “
From the mission statement of the Congress on Education and Culture in Cuba

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.