Friday, 17 April 2015

The Glasgow School of Art presents Muscle Theory, new work by Catherine Street

Reid Gallery:
18 – 30 April 2015 with live performances on 22-25, 29 and 30 April

Image: Catherine Street, Sway & Muscle, work-in-progress, !!WAKAKA! 

The latest exhibition in the Reid Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art focuses on the work of Edinburgh-based artist, Catherine Street. A body of new work which lies between an exhibition and a slowly unfolding piece of theatre, Muscle Theory will run from 18– 30 April 2015 and will include a number of performance by the artist featuring a custom-made garment by fashion designer and Zephyr Liddell.

“Catherine Street's work consists of layers of experience,” says GSA Exhibitions Director Jenny Brownrigg. “She often incorporates her own body into an installation setting that has video, audio, drawn, sculptural, and written elements.

In Muscle Theory sounds and images gradually reveal their connections and antagonisms. Precisely spoken voice recordings, softly flickering projections and live performances will be configured to create an atmosphere of intense reverie that is occasionally interrupted by moments of vulnerability, salaciousness, confusion or cynicism.”

Image: Catherine Street, Continuum, 2012, video still.

The atmosphere of Street’s work is usually unnerving, tense, sensual and comical. Intense breathing sounds give the viewer the feeling of moving inside the lungs, the body's cavities - whilst her writings often describe a desire to break apart the flesh and return it to its constituent elements.

Street focuses on her body because of its multitudinous natures; on the one hand simply matter subject to physical laws, and on the other a potentially limitless field of meanings: social, political, sexual, spiritual. She pays particular attention to themes of transformation and to the relationship between matter, thought, emotion and sensation.

Performances: 'Breathing then speaking'

Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April
 in the gallery from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. 

The artist's voice is slow and meditative as she uses various mental operations in this durational performance combining live and recorded spoken word. The looped imaginings, calculations and speculations mingle with intense breathing and whistling sounds as well as field recordings made in the streets surrounding GSA. The performance is conceived as part of the installation, audience members are encouraged to come and go as they please. 

The development of this work has been supported by an artist's bursary from Creative Scotland, and will feature work first initiated on residencies at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden; Hospitalfield, Arbroath and CCA, Glasgow and with project !!WAKAKA! in Edinburgh.


Further information:
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474 /

Note for Editors

Catherine Street is an artist based in Edinburgh. She has made work for performance festivals and exhibitions around the world including in Prague, Bergen, Berlin, Wellington and New York. She collaborates widely, maintaining long-standing collaborations with poet JL Williams and with composer and performance-maker Greg Sinclair. Her most recent work was a commission created for the exhibition project Human Race – Inside the History of Sports Medicine which toured around Scotland. She has contributed to a number of publications, most recently the Modern Edinburgh Film School anthology Queer Information.

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First public screening of A Beautiful Living Thing, a film by Ross Birrell made in the Mackintosh Building in the aftermath of the fire.

A Beautiful Living Thing, a film by artist Ross Birrell (2015) which was made in the Mackintosh Building in the aftermath of the fire, will have its first public screening today, Friday 17 April 2015 as part of the Building On: Mackintosh symposium.  Shot inside the burned out library and corridors of “the Mack” in late December 2014 and early January 2015, the film was produced by Jo Crotch, postgraduate programme leader in the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, and features a recording of specially-composed music performed inside the ruined library by Bill Chandler of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The piece is as part of a major GSA programme of research aligned to the restoration of the building.

Image: Bill Chandler performs in the Mackintosh Library.
A still from A Beautiful Living Thing (2015), an artwork by Ross Birrell

Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that 
will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more 
beautiful - more lasting than life itself.’
C R Mackintosh "Seemliness" (Glasgow, 1902)

In the immediate aftermath of the fire, Ross Birrell – who teaches at the GSA and has worked in the Mackintosh building for 20 years - was one of many GSA colleagues who volunteered  to help with the retrieval of artifacts from the damaged part of the building. Whilst working on the retrieval operation, the artist recognized that the fire had in its improvisation produced a new composition and that it should be recognized and recorded as such. The building had not only survived, it had remained an inspirational work of art. It remained, in Mackintosh’s words, ‘a beautiful living thing’.

Mackintosh's description of a work of art became the basis of the composition for solo violin which forms the foundation of a film which is composed of slow-moving tracking shots and forensic close up details.

A Beautiful Living Thing  was produced by Jo Crotch, an architect and teacher at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA. Her research explores embodied experience and memory which has resulted in a phenomenological approach to learning and teaching in the design of place. She has previously worked with RSNO violinist Bill Chandler exploring the experience and understanding of space via music. A Beautiful Living Thing is the first part of a larger body of work which will attempt to explore music and movement in a variety of constructed situations within the fire damaged Mackintosh Building and aims to follow the path from damage through restoration to completion.

A Beautiful Living Thing is dedicated to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Services and the Staff and Students of The Glasgow School of Art.

A further screening of A Beautiful Living Thing will take place in Edinburgh's Playfair Library Hall (accessed through Talbot Rice Gallery). on  23 April, 7pm-8pm. Admission FREE.  All Welcome.


Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474 /

Notes for Editors

A Beautiful Living Thing (2015), conceived, composed and directed: Ross Birrell; Violin: Bill Chandler; Camera: Hugh Watt; Producer: Jo Crotch.

A Beautiful Living Thing screening at the Talbot Rice runs alongside Ross Birrell & David Harding’s current exhibition, Where language ends, Talbot Rice Gallery, 14 Mar-2 May 2015

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Letter from Mackintosh among collection donated to the GSA in aftermath of the fire

Wish(ing) you a jolly Christmas…your friend, Uncle Tosh

1898 letter from Mackintosh to a young Cameron Davidson among collection donated to the GSA in aftermath of the fire

A letter written in 1898 to the young son of William Davidson (commissioner of Windyhill, Kilmacolm) has been donated to The Glasgow School of Art along with a collection of around 30 books by King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham it was revealed today, 16 April 2015. Written to Cameron Davidson, who was in France and recovering from illness, the letter accompanied a “book of animals” sent as a Christmas gift by Mackintosh.

The donation is part of an extensive library which was gifted to the Birmingham school by a former headmistress, Jean Wilks CBE last year. Miss Wilks had for many years cared for her friend and colleague Maggie Davidson - a grand-daughter of the Glasgow merchant William Davidson, who had commissioned Mackintosh to build the family home of Windyhill in 1900.

“This is an incredibly generous gift from the King Edward VI High School for Girls,” says David Buri, Librarian at The Glasgow School of Art. “Among the books are many on the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh as well as books with a direct link to Mackintosh and the Davidsons.”

“Particularly interesting is a late 19th century book on the Japanese artist and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai with an inscription to the Davidsons from Mackintosh. As is well-known Mackintosh was very interested in Japanese design and Japanese influences can been seen in his designs for the Glasgow School of Art library. The dedication suggests that the book was a Christmas gift to the Davidsons in 1899. We like to think that this was Mackintosh sharing his passion for Japanese design with one of his friends and patrons.”

The letter which Mackintosh sent to Cameron Davidson to wish him “a jolly Christmas and a very happy new year” also included his hopes that the youngster would “soon be well enough to come back and tell us all about your adventures in a foreign land”.

There's something quite poignant about the letter, given that Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald never had children of their own,” adds David Buri.

The donation was made to the GSA following a call for help in replacing books lost in the fire. It was delivered from Birmingham by Findlay Mackinnon, English master at King Edward VI High School for Girls who hails from Ardrossan and was instrumental in arranging for the GSA to be the recipients of this Mackintosh material.

 “It was wonderful to find so many books about Charles Rennie Mackintosh among Jean Wilks’ collection and I’m delighted they’ll be such a benefit to The Glasgow School of Art,” says Findlay Mackinnon.
"Losing so many books in the fire was a real blow to them, but everyone’s rallying round to try to provide replacements. Jean would have been delighted to know that her books would go to such a good home.”


Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474 /

Notes for Editors

Full text of the letter to Cameron Davidson

140 Bath Street
24th Dec 1898

My Dear Cameron

I am sending you this little book of animals which has been illustrated by a young friend of mine in Glasgow, to wish you a jolly Christmas and a very happy new year. I hope you will soon be well enough to come back and tell us all about your adventures in a foreign land. You will write to me and tell me if you get the book safely and what you think of it. You will let Mrs Davidson see it – and tell her that I also send her my very best wishes.

Your friend

Uncle Tosh

Inscribed on back:
Letter received from Charles Rennie by Wm Cameron Davidson Esq, of Windyhill, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, when in the South of France for health reasons as a small boy

Miss Jean Wilks, who died in 2014 aged 97, left an entire library of extremely rare books to her beloved King Edward VI High School for Girls. As well as the Mackintosh works her library included works by renowned writers such as DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf and Evelyn Waugh, plus illustrated poetry books by TS Eliot and Robert Browning. Miss Wilks ran the independent school for 13 years from 1964. She was also president of the Association of Headmistresses from 1972 to 74, governor of the Schools Council in the 1970s, served on several university committees and received an honorary doctorate from University of Birmingham in 1986. On her retirement from King Edward’s she received a CBE.

Friday, 10 April 2015

GSA student designs prestigious South Bank Sky Arts award

Miriam Woolf at work in studio on her Degree Show collection

Miriam Woolf, a final year Silversmithing & Jewellery student at The Glasgow School of Art, has designed the awards that will be presented to winners of the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Awards this year it was revealed today, Friday 10 April 2015.

Each year the South Bank Sky Arts Awards winners are presented with an award created by a British artist with past designers including Anish Kapoor, Sir Peter Blake and Libby Finks (a student at the Royal College of Art). The 2015 award has been designed by 22-year old Miriam Woolf from London.

The award is the centrepiece of this annual event,” says Melvyn Bragg, host of the South Bank Sky Arts Award . “This year we wanted to return to celebrating the work of students and it seemed a particularly apt time to come to The Glasgow School of Art. I am sure that the winners will be honoured to receive an example of work from the formidably talented Glasgow School of Art.”

We are delighted that our students had the opportunity to design this prestigious award,” adds Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “All 76 students on the Silversmithing & Jewellery programme were invited to respond to the brief. We had a wide range of creative proposals from which Miriam Woolf’s fascinating design emerged as the winner.”

“To be given the opportunity to design the South Bank Sky Arts awards as a student was absolutely amazing,” says Miriam, who is currently working flat out on her Degree Show collection. “I was so excited when I was told that my design had been selected.”

“The short lists for this year’s awards are incredible and I feel extremely privileged that such talented people will be presented with something that I designed.”

The twelve awards – across Dance, Opera, Comedy, TV Drama, Literature, Classical Music, Pop, Film, Visual Art, Theatre, The Times Breakthrough Award and The Outstanding Achievement Award - have been made in the GSA’s Silversmithing & Jewellery department by the same team of experts who made the widely-admired 2014 Commonwealth Games medals (designed by GSA lecturer and award-winning designer-maker, Jonathan Boyd).

Former winners of South Bank Sky Arts Awards include Dame Helen Mirren, Grayson Perry, J K Rowling, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tim Minchin, Andrea Bocelli, Amy Winehouse, Lenny Henry, Judi Dench and Tracy Emin, Tom Stoppard, Seamus Heaney and Bryn TerfelA full list of the nominees for the 2015 South Bank Sky Arts can be found at

The Sky Arts South Bank Awards take place on Sunday 7th June at The Savoy and will be aired exclusively on Sky Arts 1 on Wednesday 10th June.


Further information on the GSA:
Lesley Booth
0779 941 447 /

Further information on The South Bank Sky Arts Awards:
Ffion Williams, PR Manager - Sky Arts
07813 344 800 /

Notes for Editors
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are one of the worlds most coveted arts awards, celebrating the best of British culture and achievement across visual art, theatre, opera, dance, comedy, classical music, pop, TV drama, literature, and film.

The Glasgow School of Art Degree Show runs from 13 – 20 June in the Bourdon, Reid and Tontine Buildings.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The design team which will lead the restoration of the Mackintosh Building is announced

Mackintosh Building restoration moves forward
The design team which will lead the restoration of the Mackintosh masterpiece is

There was a major step forward in the restoration of the Mackintosh Building today, 31 March 2015, as The Glasgow School of Art announced the appointment of the design team that will lead the project.  A team led by Page \ Park Architects has been appointed following presentations by a shortlist of five leading practices earlier this month.

Image: Page \ Park undertook a detailed analysis of the construction of a bay from the Mackintosh Library, including the creation of an accurate scale model, to answer the question “what do we know about the library that will enable us to do a successful reconstruction?”

The Glasgow-based architects have an extensive track record in both restoring and reinvigorating major historic buildings. They have also worked across the spectrum of Mackintosh's designs from the domestic - at the Hillhouse, through commercial - at the former Glasgow Herald offices (now The Lighthouse), to his finest cultural and academic work at the School of Art itself  (as lead designers for the Heritage Lottery Fund supported Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project in 2007-9)

“The team assembled by Page \ Park Architects impressed us not only with their deep knowledge of the building, but of the wider work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh,” says Prof Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “They also bring an understanding of the building’s particular importance to Glasgow – its people and history - as well as of its status as an international design icon.”

Page \ Park Architects have ongoing relationships with key crafts specialists and artists in Scotland and wider afield, and presented exciting proposals for expanding the legacy of the restoration by working with a new generation of creative talent,” he adds.
“This is the beginning of an exciting journey of discovery. There will be many fascinating questions to be addressed as we undertake this complex restoration project. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Page \ Park Architects and the design team to explore how we can best meet the needs of the GSA in the 21st century whilst remaining true to Mackintosh’s astonishing vision.”

“Page \ Park Architects are delighted to have won the commission to lead a team to restore the world-renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh Glasgow School of Art,” says David Page, Head of Architecture at Page \ Park Architects. “We have, over many years, had the privilege to work on and in the context of the Mackintosh legacy, the highlight of which will now be the opportunity to bring The Glasgow School of Art into splendid re-use for its students and staff, the people of Glasgow and the huge audience beyond the city.”

It was also announced that Page \ Park Architects will establish an external expert advisory panel for the restoration. Further details on the composition and role of the panel will be released in the coming weeks.

The design team will now work with The Glasgow School of Art to develop the detailed plan for the restoration. Work is expected to start on the building in spring 2016 with the aspiration that there will be academic access from 2017-18.


Further information:
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474 /

Notes for Editors

·      Page \ Park Architects see themselves as part of the continuum of the changing city and wider landscape settings. In their projects at The Lighthouse, Glasgow by Mackintosh, the extension to the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, the Rowand Anderson Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Gilbert Scott MacManus Gallery in Dundee and Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian, they have sought to reinforce the resilience of that legacy with subtle and careful contributions. Key has been the recognition that historical fabric retains the affection of its community of users, but in the knowledge that this fabric needs to adapt and the community of users needs to be brought along in the development journey.
  • The appointment was made by members of the Restoration Committee of the GSA:

Eleanor McAllister OBE (chair)
Liz Davidson OBE, Mackintosh Restoration Senior Project Manager, The Glasgow School of Art
Dr Muriel Gray, Chair, Board of Governors, The Glasgow School of Art
Professor Tom Inns, Director, The Glasgow School of Art
Will Judge, President, The Glasgow School of Art Students' Association
Ranald MacInnes, Head of Heritage Management, Historic Scotland
Professor Christopher Platt, Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art

  • The shortlist comprised Avanti Architects, John McAslan + Partners, LDN Architects LLP, Page \ Park Architects and Purcell

Friday, 27 March 2015

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,

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.
Entry free
Further information

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.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Details announced of Building on: Mackintosh Glasgow, a public symposium (17 April 2015)

 CR Mackintosh: Renfrew Street elevation of The Glasgow School of Art
(GSA Archives & Collections)       
  • Symposium facilitator will be UK Architecture Critic of the Year, Rowan Moore
  • Contributions from the lead architects for the Mackintosh restoration project and Luigi Croce, President and Founder of Venice Architectural Association, amongst others
  • Round table events will explore key issues relating to the restoration
  • First screening of A Beautiful Living Thing, a new artwork by Ross Birrell made in the Mackintosh Building after the fire

Details of the second Building on: Mackintosh symposium were released today, Friday 20 March 2015. The event will take place in the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art on Friday 17 April 2015. Following the symposium in Venice last autumn during La Biennale Venezia, the Building on: Mackintosh Glasgow symposium will include a number of keynote presentations in the morning and a series of round table discussions in the afternoon. The symposium facilitator will be Rowan Moore, Architecture Critic of The Observer and UK Architecture Critic of the Year, 2014.

Having raised both questions and discussion at the Venice symposium last October, the purpose of this event is to help inform the actual restoration project by exploring best 21st century practice,says Professor Christopher Platt, Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA. “It is also an opportunity to share our plans and aspirations with the people of Glasgow whose support since the fire has been incredibly important to the GSA.”

The morning presentations include an introduction to the brief for the lead architects (Liz Davidson, the GSA’s Mackintosh Building project lead); how the library was constructed and how the building has changed throughout its history (Ranald MacInnes, Historic Scotland); the language and intellectual framework of restoration (Keith Emerick, University of York); and an introduction to the approach to restoring the Mackintosh Building (the lead architects).

In the afternoon there will be three, simultaneous, round table events. The first, chaired by Alison Stevenson, Head of Learning and Resources at the GSA, and with contributions from Jeremy Upton amongst others, will explore the 21st century library. The second, chaired by Professor Christopher Platt, Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, will look at discrete technology in historic buildings and will include contributions from Luigi Croce, President and Founder of Venice Architectural Association, Robyne Calvert, Mackintosh Research Fellow at the GSA and Stuart Macpherson of Irons Foulner. The third, which be chaired by Johnny Rodger, Professor of Urban Literature at the GSA, will explore the artistic, craft and design cultures that could be drawn on in the restoration of the Mackintosh Library. Expert contributors include Peter Trowles, Mackintosh Archivist at the GSA; Natalie Mitchell of AOC - one of the lead archaeologists in the forensic investigation of the library; and award-winning artist, Toby Paterson.

As part of the event there will be the first public screening of A Beautiful Living Thing, a new artwork by Ross Birrell made in the Mackintosh Building after the fire.

Passes for the symposium are free, but must be booked in advance.
To reserve a press place please call Lesley Booth on 0779 941 4474.


Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Notes for Editors
Symposium facilitator:

Rowan Moore
Rowan Moore is Architecture Critic of The Observer.  He was formerly Director of the Architecture Foundation, Architecture Critic of the Evening Standard and Editor of Blueprint magazine.

Rowan Moore’s writing has been published in several countries, and he has curated exhibitions, given lectures, taken part in conferences and debates, and chaired or participated in juries for design awards and competitions. He is also the author of Why We Build (2012).

In 2014 he was named Critic of the Year in the UK Press Awards, the first architectural writer to receive this award. He received the international Bruno Zevi Book Award for Why We Build.

Morning: speakers:

Liz Davidson IHBC, FRIAS, OBE 

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art as a post graduate in Architectural Conservation, Liz has been involved in most aspects of Scotland’s built heritage. 

Most recently she was head of Heritage and Design at Glasgow City Council with an active statutory role in maintaining the highest standards of historic building repair and maintenance in conjunction with encouraging the best and most inspirational designs in contemporary incursions and new development. Previous to this she led the Heritage Lottery funded Townscape Heritage programme to regenerate the Merchant City through an extensive arts led programme of building repair, repaving and lighting of main streets, proactive cultural and creative business strategy, public art commissions, street markets, and the now annual Merchant City festival. Earlier posts included that of director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, a charitable property developer rescuing and bringing back to life numerous historic buildings. Whilst at the Trust, Liz also pioneered Doors Open Day which introduced the UK’s first free mass architectural participation event, providing access to significant modern and historic buildings and to interiors which had rarely before been glimpsed, even by their closest neighbours. A two year secondment to Historic Scotland also saw the development and launch of the multi million pound Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) programme 

In 2010 Liz received an OBE for services to conservation and the built heritage in Scotland.

Dr Keith Emerick
Keith Emerick’s work is chiefly concerned with the conservation and management of State and privately owned archaeological sites and monuments in North Yorkshire, the City of York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. He advises central government on applications to undertake works, and local planning authorities on planning applications affecting archaeological sites and registered battlefields. He has special responsibility for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, World Heritage Site and was a member of the Steering Group that produced the World Heritage Site Management Plan (2000), and its first review, published in 2009. He was also chair of the Ancient Monument Inspectors Group (AMIG) for six years. Since 2000 he has been a tutor for the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) Craft Skills apprenticeship scheme.

Ranald McInnes
Ranald MacInnes is Head of Heritage Management at Historic Scotland with responsibilities which include advising the Scottish Government on planning and historic environment issues. He began his career with English Heritage in the 1980s. He has a special interest in 20th-­century architecture and planning. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow, Visiting Lecturer in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at the University of Strathclyde and has taught conservation at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. He has published many books, essays, articles and reviews on architectural history and conservation. He has played a leading research-­based advisory and regulatory role in many significant conservation and architectural projects.

Afternoon: round table leaders:

Alison Stevenson
Alison Stevenson is Head of Learning Resources at The Glasgow School of Art, a role that encompasses the Library, Learning Technology, Archives and Collections. She is also Vice-­Chair of SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries). Born and raised in Edinburgh, she spent the 9 years prior to starting at the Glasgow School of Art, in January 2013, living in New Zealand. There she worked first as the Director of Te Pūhikotuhi o Aotearoa (the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre) and latterly as Associate Director of the Library at Victoria University of Wellington.

Prof. Christopher Platt
Christopher Platt is Head and Professor of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, and one of the founding directors of studioKAP architects ( .He is a registered architect in Great Britain and was previously a member of the Architektenkammer in Berlin. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was made a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland in 2009. He is involved in both practice-­based research and research-­driven practice and writes on a wide range of issues overlapping practice and academia. He was apprentice, student and design tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, under Professors Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein.

Prof. Johnny Rodger

Johnny Rodger is a writer, critic, and Professor of Urban Literature at The Glasgow School of Art. 

His research consists of enquiry published internationally in two aspects: on the one hand literary and critical writing, and on the other architecture and urbanism. 
His research aims at the opening of a new area of cross disciplinary enquiry which brings together literary analysis with the critical techniques of the political and social sciences to examine the spaces inhabited by society, and designed by artists, architects and urbanists. 
This field of enquiry ranges from his book Contemporary Glasgow (1999) about architecture and urban environments, to the monograph on influential Glaswegian architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia; through to the work on Robert Burns and how the culture represents his significance in space by the construction of monuments. 
Critical engagement with his work includes articles on his published books in academic journals throughout Europe and the USA. He has worked together with the composers and animators on a series of music theatre collaborations involving, text, image and music. In 2011 Vanishing Boundaries was performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in Manchester and at the Glasgow Music and Film Festival. In 2008 Animals was performed in Edinburgh Filmhouse by the Research Ensemble at the Edinburgh New Music Festival. In 2006 Love Eurydice, commissioned by Scottish Opera was performed in concert recital by at Musica Nova in the West End Festival, Glasgow. 

He makes regular contributions to architectural press, and also appears regularly on BBC radio arts and national TV programmes. 
He is a founding editor (2001) of The Drouth ( Scotland’s literary arts quarterly.