Tuesday, 22 July 2014

UK Government supports The Glasgow School of Art Graduate and Research Centre with £5m donation

The UK Government is to support the creation of a Graduate and Research Centre at The Glasgow School of Art with a £5m donation it was announced today, Tuesday 22 July 2014. The announcement was made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, who was making a keynote speech at the Commonwealth Business Summit in Glasgow.

The a Graduate and Research Centre is Phase 2 of the GSA’s campus development programme following the completion of the award-winning Reid building. The development plan will see the GSA create one of the leading Higher Education campuses for learning and research in the visual and creative disciplines, building the institution’s success to date.

Announcing the contribution, the Chancellor said:

“I’ve spoken today about some of the things that make Glasgow special. The things that make people want to work here, locate businesses here, and to live here.

“I grew up in a family that valued design. My father created a manufacturing business based on interior design and it has always been part of my life.

“The name of Charles Rennie Mackintosh – synonymous with iconic architecture and design - is a magnet that draws people time and again to Glasgow. And there can be no doubt that the jewel in the Mackintosh crown is the Glasgow School of Art.

“The UK Government has already made a £5m contribution to the Mackintosh Appeal to help ensure that the building is restored to its former glory.

“Today making an additional £5m contribution to support the School’s new Graduate and Research Centre, protecting the school’s strong heritage and equipping it for the future at the forefront of Scotland’s creative industries and an institution secure in its position of world renown.”

Professor Tom inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said:

“We are extremely grateful to the UK government for this support which recognises both the importance of research in creative disciplines to the future of the British economy, and the international profile of The Glasgow School of Art as a leading centre of studio-based creative education.

“The GSA has one of the largest research communities in the visual creative disciplines in the UK. The Graduate and Research Centre will help us to develop our research profile further through new partnerships with national and international organisations.

“It will allow us to build on successes to date by our centres of expertise including the Digital Design Studio, Mackintosh Architecture Environmental Research Unit and Institute of Design innovation, and on groundbreaking research projects such as our work in the area of health and well being design, as well as developing new and exciting research strands.”

Funds for the Graduate and Research Centre are being raised by The Glasgow School of Art Development Trust. Chair of the Trust, Colin Grassie added:

“The Trustees warmly welcome this significant boost from the UK Government. We remain confident that we will be able to raise the £20m required to help the GSA recover from the fire through the Mackintosh Appeal.

“Today’s announcement ensures that the momentum that was beginning to develop around the £10m campaign for the Graduate and Research Centre will not be lost. This is a bold statement of confidence in the GSAs impact and plans for the future.”

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Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474
press@gsa.ac.uk

Notes for Editors
  • Already as one of the UK's largest research communities for the visual creative disciplines, the GSA submission to the recent Research Excellence Framework 2013 assessment was substantive and clustered around eight inter-disciplinary themes:

Sustainability
Architecture, urbanism and the public sphere
Design Innovation
Contemporary art and curating
Health and wellbeing
Education in art, design and architecture
Material culture
Digital visualisation


  • Moving forward the GSA has ambitious plans to increase both the scale and activity of its Phd Community and to develop its research profile further through internal collaboration and new partnerships with national and international organisations.  

  • Central to the growth in PhD students, innovation and economic growth in the creative industries is a substantial community of masters students. The GSA Graduate and Research Centre will provide space for growth and the development of inter-disciplinary activity across the GSA’s postgraduate portfolio.


  • The Phase 2 development plan was in progress when The Glasgow School of Art was hit by the fire in the Mackintosh Building. The UK Government has also donated £5m to the Mackintosh Appeal which will enable the institution to recover from the impact of the fire.

Monday, 21 July 2014

WHISKY FIRM DONATES £50K TO THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART APPEAL

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin company of Pernod Ricard, has donated £50,000 to The Mackintosh Appeal at the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art.

Painting and Printmaking graduate, Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne
and Fine Art Photography graduate, Agathe Weiss on the steps of the Mackintosh Building
Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne visited the GSA to present the donation and meet recent Fine Art graduates Agathe Weiss and Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, who were amongst the artists installing Degree Show in the Mackintosh Building when the fire broke out.

Full press release below.

For further information 
Lesley Booth
The Glasgow School of Art
0779 941 4474
press@gsa.c.uk

For further information on Chivas Brothers
Jennifer Stevenson
Communications Manager
Chivas Brothers
Tel: 0141 531 2526



PRESS INFORMATION 

WHISKY FIRM DONATES £50K TO THE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART APPEAL

Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky and premium gin company of Pernod Ricard, has donated £50,000 to The Mackintosh Appeal at the world-renowned Glasgow School of Art.

The donation will be used to help the school, which hit headlines worldwide when the Mackintosh building was damaged by fire in May this year, recover from the impact of the fire. Fire fighters managed to save most of the building and 70% of its contents, but many students were severely impacted when they lost irreplaceable Degree Show work.


 Fine Art Photography graduate, Agathe Weiss shows 
 Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne
 and Chair of the GSA Muriel Gray some of her work that survived the fire in the
  Mackintosh Building

Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne visited the GSA to present the donation and meet recent Fine Art graduates Agathe Weiss and Andreas Behn-Eschenburg, who were amongst the artists installing Degree Show in the Mackintosh Building when the fire broke out.

Fine Art Photography graduate Agathe’s work was installed in the east wing of the Mackintosh Building and it suffered some slight damage.  Painting and Printmaking graduate Andreas’ work, however, was to be on show in the west wing of the Mackintosh and was very badly damaged in the fire.  Both graduates showed a selected image in a special Fine Art School exhibition as part of 2014 Degree Show and are now hoping to receive a special GSA Phoenix bursary to develop their practice and build a new body of work for display in spring 2015.
 
Alan Horn, Director of Development at the GSA with artists Agathe Weiss and Andreas Behn-Eschenburg and Chivas Brothers’ Chairman and CEO Laurent Lacassagne in one of the signature Driven Voids in the award-winning Reid Building.

Accepting the company’s donation, Alan Horn, Director of Development at The Glasgow School of Art said: “

“The GSA has been overwhelmed by the emotional, practical and financial support it has received since the sad events of 23 May. This generous donation from Chivas Brothers will help our students, who are the beating heart of the GSA, and the institution to recover from the impacts of the fire.”

Mr Lacassagne added:

“The terrible news of the fire at Glasgow School of Art was heard all over the world and greatly saddened my colleagues and I, not just in Scotland, but globally. Supporting our communities and artistic development are values we hold dear at Pernod Ricard. We are delighted that through this donation we are contributing towards the Development Trust, and look forward to seeing this prestigious institution and iconic building restored to its former glory very soon.”


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About Chivas Brothers:
Chivas Brothers is the Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits.  Chivas Brothers is the global leader in luxury Scotch whisky and premium gin. Its portfolio includes Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s, Beefeater Gin, The Glenlivet, Royal Salute, Aberlour, Plymouth Gin, Longmorn, Scapa, 100 Pipers, Clan Campbell, Something Special and Passport.

About The Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries of Glasgow. However, the School’s lineage can be traced to 1753, when Robert Foulis established a school of art and design in Glasgow, described as “the single most influential factor in the development of eighteenth-century Scottish Art”.  Today, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.

Our studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions.  The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to addressing many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.



            

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Teaspoon diver takes gold in John Lewis Commonwealth Games sculpture competition

John Lewis, Glasgow has unveiled The Glasgow School of Art sporting sculpture competition winner.  John Lewis launched the competition last month to celebrate its role as Official Department Store Provider of the Commonwealth Games and support local artists. 
Myra Ostacchini with her diver sculpture

Fine Art graduate Myra Ostacchini created her diver sculpture from stainless steel teaspoons, taking inspiration from her own childhood memories of watching the swimming events at the Commonwealth Games. 

The teaspoon diver is on show in the Glasgow department store from today. Full details below. 

Further information on the GSA
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474
press@gsa.ac.uk

News Release

From today, Wednesday, 16 July, John Lewis Glasgow will be the home to a striking sculpture created by recent Glasgow School of Art graduate Myra Ostacchini. Myra is the winner of the retailer’s XX Commonwealth Games art competition winning the opportunity to have her sculpture displayed in John Lewis Glasgow for the duration of the Games and an iPad to help with her further art studies.

Winner and runners up: Myra Ostacchini, Chloe Fawcett and Ailsa Sutcliffe with their sculptures

John Lewis launched the competition last month to celebrate its role as Official Department Store Provider of the Commonwealth Games and support local artists, giving them a chance to showcase their talent and be trained by popular sculptor, Billie Achilleos. Billie recently gained acclaim for her John Lewis Christmas 2013 window designs for Peter Jones and John Lewis Oxford Street, for which she and her team created hundreds of woodland animals to bring the retailer’s beloved ‘The Bear and The Hare’ advertisement to life. All the animals were sculpted from products taken from the shopfloor, including a bear made out of sofa cushions and a hare composed of hair accessories.

In keeping with Billie Achilleos’ signature style The Glasgow School of Art students were challenged to create a sculpture inspired by the XX Commonwealth Games made entirely from everyday household items.

Winner, Myra Ostacchini, who graduated in June 2014, created her diver sculpture entirely from stainless steel teaspoons, taking inspiration from her own childhood memories of watching the swimming events at the Commonwealth Games. The other finalists’ sculptures include a human body made from soft furnishings and a wing made from beauty tools.

Myra Ostacchini, 53, who hails from Falkirk, said: “I have always been fascinated by the last few moments of a dive before the swimmer enters the water. The human form creates such beautiful shapes whilst suspended in the air mid-dive and this was the inspiration for my sculpture. To create my sculpture, I used over three hundred teaspoons. I shaped each one by hand to create the curves of the muscles or the shape at the heels, before bonding them all together to create a human form.

“This competition has been a fantastic experience for me and I am honoured to have been named the winner. I have learned countless new techniques from our mentor, Billie Achilleos and also from the other students, Chloe and Ailsa. I am delighted to have my sculpture displayed in John Lewis Glasgow for members of the public to visit – hopefully they’ll be seeing more of my work in the future.”

Lindsay Ironside, operations manager at John Lewis Glasgow, said: “Myra’s sculpture is a really clever idea and it’s wonderful to have it on display in the shop. Billie Achilleos’s work is so exciting and she has been such a strong mentor to the artists, teaching them skills that they can use in their future careers. This has not only been an exciting opportunity for the participants, who’ve had the opportunity to work with such an exciting artist and create something really special for display to the public, but also for everyone who will get a chance to visit this amazing sculpture.”

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For more information on the John Lewis Sculpture competion please contact Shaun Bell or Emma Paul at Stripe Communications on (0131) 561 8628 / 07913 677 332 or e-mail johnlewis@stripecommunications.com

Notes to Editors:
John Lewis:
John Lewis operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 30,000 staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis has three Scottish branches, located in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The first Scottish branch opened in Edinburgh in 1973, although John Lewis traded in the city as The Silk Shop from 1943.  The Aberdeen branch opened in October 1989, and the Glasgow branch in April 1999.

John Lewis, 'Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014' ¹ , 'Best Overall Retailer' ² and 'Best Retailer 2014' ³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products - home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover - delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014

The Glasgow School of Art:

The Glasgow School of Art was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries of Glasgow. However, the School’s lineage can be traced to 1753, when Robert Foulis established a school of art and design in Glasgow, described as “the single most influential factor in the development of eighteenth-century Scottish Art”.  Today, The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.

Our studio-based approach to research and teaching brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions.  The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to addressing many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business. www.gsa.ac.uk

Further press information on the GSA. Lesley Booth, 07799414474 / press@gsa.ac.uk

Commonwealth Games:
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of
athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
Glasgow 2014’s official partner level sponsors are Longines, SSE, Virgin Media, BP, Emirates and Ford. For more information on Glasgow 2014’s full sponsor family, please visit http://www.glasgow2014.com/games/our-sponsors



Friday, 11 July 2014

Mackintosh Appeal: major donations from Hugh Fraser Foundation and Cameron Mackintosh Foundation announced


  • GSA announces details of major donations to the  Mackintosh Appeal from the Hugh Fraser Foundation and Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.
  • Donations pass the three quarters of a million mark.

Donations to the Mackintosh Appeal launched last month have passed the three quarters of a million mark it was revealed today, Friday 11 July 2014, as the GSA announced details of major commitments from two charitable Foundations.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

GSA students beat off nationwide competition to win Design Awards.

Michael Tougher, a 4th year Product Design Engineering (PDE) student at The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University, has won the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) 2014 award for his ‘Dots’ stackable buttons that encourage music understanding,  creation and play. Michael follows in the footsteps of GSA graduate Dan Watson who won this award in 2010 and went on to win one of the world's most prestigious prizes, the International Dyson AwardThe second prize went to fellow PDE student Helen Campbell for her construction system ‘Stackpaks’ using recycled dairy product packaging. Michael and Helen beat off competition from 200 students from 19 institutions across the UK.


Michael Tougher’s award-winning Dots design

Proto-type of Michael Tougher’s award-winning Dots design

Friday, 4 July 2014

First cohort of students graduate from GSofA Singapore

The first cohort of honours students to graduate from The Glasgow School of Art, Singapore received their degrees in a special ceremony at Temasek Polytechnic today, 4 July 2014.

Around 100 Communication Design and Interior Design students were presented with their Degrees at in a graduation ceremony led by Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. The ceremony was attended by Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President of SIT, the GSA’s partner institution in Singapore, and the British High Commissioner, Mr Antony Phillipson.

Final year Communication Design students who graduated today

Final year Interior Design students who graduated today

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Artist recreates lost Degree Show work using ash from the Mackintosh fire

New work by Melissa Maloco using ash from a studio which was destroyed along with her Degree Show work will be shown at the GSA in Dunoon exhibition which opens on Friday 4 July 2014.

Image: Curator Theresa Moerman Ib with Melissa Maloco's Negotiation of Space (A Door Closing and Opening)
I felt that there was something very fitting and beautiful in the use of a material
born out of destruction and tragedy "giving life" to new artwork
Melissa Maloco