Friday, 29 August 2014

Venue for Scottish Ensemble and Toby Paterson's 20th-Century Perspectives announced

20th-Century Perspectives, an ambitious collaboration between the Scottish Ensemble and GSA alumnus, artist Toby Paterson, will be staged in the Anderston Centre, it was confirmed today 29 August 2014. The performances will take place at 6.30pm on 12 and 13 September in an abandoned section of the building not normally accessible to the general public.

Glasgow's Anderston Centre completed in 1972

Designed by Richard Seifert and completed in 1972 it is an important Glasgow Modernist landmark and a key part of the city’s urban renewal project during the 1950s-70s. 

Within this striking setting the Scottish Ensemble will perform music that spans the 20th-century, including works by ElgarStravinsky, Prokofiev, Xenakis, Britten and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Paterson will create large-scale works that reflect the bold architecture of the space and also frame the Scottish Ensemble performances.

This project is a major part of the Scottish Ensemble’s celebration of Jonathan Morton’s 10th anniversary as leader and artistic director.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Toby Paterson and the Scottish Ensemble collaborate on "20th-Century Perspectives", an event set in one of Glasgow’s Modernist landmarks

GSA alumnus, Toby Paterson
Glasgow School of Art alumnus, Toby Paterson, has come together with the acclaimed musicians of The Scottish Ensemble to create a site-specific, immersive experience bringing together music, visual art and architecture. Set in a building rarely accessible to the public the event, 20th-Century Perspectives, will take place on the evenings of 12 and 13 September 2014 starting at 6.30pm.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Remembering Andy MacMillan

Emeritus Professor Andrew MacMillan OBE, 1928 - 2014

Professor Tom Inns expressed the feelings of  the whole GSA community on hearing the sad news that Andy MacMillan had passed away:

“We were saddened to hear the news that Andy MacMillan had passed away.   Andy’s association with the GSA spanned more than seven decades from student to Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture and latterly as Emeritus Professor. He was one of the greats of post-war British architecture and his legacy is visible not only in his buildings but in the lives and work of generations of architects whom he taught, challenged and enthused.  He was a generous, inspirational man and everyone who met him came away better for having done so.  We will miss him greatly and our thoughts are with Angela and the family at this very sad time.


With Isi Metzstein in the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia studio
(photo: The Glasgow School of Art)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

GSA students illustrations commissioned for Guardian Clearing Supplement

Front cover of The Guardian's Guide to Clearing by 
GSA Communication Design Student, Jessica Taylor
Designs by Jessica Taylor, a third year Communication Design student at The Glasgow School of Art, are featured on the cover and centrespread of The Guardian’s 2014 Guide to Clearing. Taylor was one of ten GSA students commissioned to submit ideas for the supplement

Monday, 11 August 2014

Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane selected as fifth and final international site for innovative Scottish Ten

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, announced today that the fifth and final international site for the innovative Scottish Ten will be the Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane.
The Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane, constructed by the Motherwell Bridge Company,
sits in the heart of Nagasaki Harbour. The crane, which is still used today,  was 
submitted by
Japan in January 2014 for consideration by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in 2015.

The Nagasaki Giant Cantilever Crane circa 1913
The crane was ordered on the advice of Fraserburgh-born Thomas Blake Glover, who is regarded as a key figure in the industrialisation of Japan in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It was designed by the Glasgow Electric Crane and Hoist Company – which was operating under the name of Appleby and was constructed by the Motherwell Bridge Company. One of 11 of its kind known to survive, including the ‘Titan’ Crane in Clydebank, it sits in the heart of Nagasaki Harbour  - the birthplace of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Free tours of award-winning Reid Building for Doors Open weekend

The Glasgow School of Art will be offering free tours of its award-winning Reid building as part the 25th anniversary Doors Open weekend in Glasgow this September it was announced today, 7 August 2014. Bookings will open at 10am on Wednesday the 27th of August.

The Mackintosh and Reid Buildings

The building which was designed by Steven Holl Architects of New York in partnership with Glasgow-based JM Architects has already won the accolade of AJ Building of the Year and has been shortlisted for a number of other awards.

An homage to Mackintosh’s use of light, one of the building’s signature features is three astonishing “driven voids” which bring light flooding throughout the building. The other signature feature, the circuit of connection, winds throughout the building giving spectacular views into studios and communal spaces.

Friday, 1 August 2014

2014 MDes Fashion Promenades: date announced



Designs by  Chang Liu, Julie White, Ning Wang and Rachel McIndoe
showcased in the 2013 MDes Fashion Promenades

The Glasgow School of Art's 2014 MDes Fashion Promenades will be held on the evening of Friday 12 September in the Reid Auditorium it was announced today 1 August 2014.