Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The GSA appoints Gardiner & Theobald as External Project Managers for The Mackintosh Building

The Glasgow School of Art has appointed global property and construction consultancy Gardiner & Theobald as project managers for the Mackintosh Building it was confirmed today, Tuesday 24 February 2015.

The External Project Managers will support The Glasgow School of Art in the restoration project acting as the interface between the GSA and construction and design professionals. On a day to day basis they will work with Liz Davidson, the GSA’s senior project manager and the lead consultant of the Architecture Design Team, which is due to be appointed at the end of March.

“As would be expected with a project of the nature we had a lot of interest and Gardiner & Theobald were part of a very strong short list,” says Liz Davidson. “I am very much looking forward to working with them to create a fully rounded and contributory team ethos on this exceptional project – which is going to require an exceptional team and equally exceptional and creative effort.”

David Logue, Senior Partner of Gardiner & Theobald in Scotland added, “Watching the footage of the fire at the Mack on 23rd May last year was heartbreaking, like witnessing the pain and suffering of an old friend. The building truly is one of Scotland’s national treasures and we are honoured that Gardiner & Theobald have been entrusted to manage its restoration.”


Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

 Note for Editors

 Gardiner & Theobald LLP is a global property and construction consultancy. We work on some of the world’s most recognisable projects across all sectors of the property and construction industry delivering in excess of £5billion of construction work every year. With 180 years’ experience in the management of all types of projects, the partnership is recognised as one of the leading project and cost management consultants globally. We also provide complementary services including sustainability, construction management, construction and property tax advice, consultancy services and facilities management consultancy amongst others. Some of our recent project experience in the arts and heritage sector includes: Abbotsford House, Kelvin Hall, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Rosslyn Chapel, The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford upon Avon, London Coliseum, Royal Academy of Arts, National Museum of Scotland, Ashmolean Museum, The National Gallery, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, St Martins in the Field, Cutty Sark, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.

Monday, 9 February 2015

The GSA Fashion Show 2015

2nd and 3rd year designers to unveil new work in catwalk shows on 3 and 4 March
Press show: 7pm on 3 March

Designs by Franz Maggs, Jordana Linning, Ruth Crothers, Asami Ohara, Luis Miguel Sanchez and Karen Blackwood as featured in the 2014 Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show

The Glasgow School of Art’s annual Fashion Show, which will take place in the GSA Student Association Building (The Vic) on the evenings of 3 and 4 March 2015, will showcase new designs by 3rd year students on both the BA Fashion and Textile pathways alongside creations by 2nd year Fashion students. There will be two shows per evening at 7pm and 9pm.

The designs by 3rd year students will focus on World Dress and Textile traditions. Inspired by non-western countries, they have explored a range of clothing and cultural traditions to create collections comprising three looks. The four Textile specialisms - Print, Weave, Embroidery and Knit – have each explored patterns of traditional clothing in depth whilst Fashion students have concentrated on silhouette, structure and draping.

Meanwhile, 2nd Year Fashion students will show selected designs from projects in the 2014/15 academic year which use the simple forms to showcase their tailoring and creative skills. The garments will be selected from a series of themes including shirts, jeans and silhouette.

“Adopting elements of different cultures is perfectly natural when designing’ says Jimmy Stephen-Cran, Head of Fashion and Textiles at the GSA. “However, we expect our students to recognise the difference between ‘imitationand ‘inspiration.”

“This theme requires considered and respectful research to ensure that the end results are innovative and creative enough not to rely on cheap mimicry. The students have very much risen to this challenge.”

“The reality of a designers life is that ‘designingis only ever one aspect of what they do,” adds Stephen-Cran. “The annual GSA Fashion Show testifies to this. As well as allowing 3rd Year students the opportunity to explore and test the fashion potential of their ideas ‘full scale, the organization and production of the show is also entirely their responsibility. This can be daunting task as for many of the young designers it is the first time their individual and collective efforts are open to public scrutiny.”

The Fashion Show 2015 has once again been made possible by the generous support of headline sponsors.  Scottish fabric store Mandors and and Dr.Martens continue their long association with The Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show. This year they are joined by a new headline sponsor, Fat Buddha Store Glasgow.

“Fat Buddha Store is delighted to mark our 10-year anniversary with an exciting sponsorship of the annual Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show.”

All profits raised from the Fashion Show go towards supporting final year students to showcase their work in London at New Designers, the UK’s largest graduate design exhibition.

Tickets for the GSA 2015 Fashion Show priced £10/£7 are available in person from the GSA Shop in the Reid Building at 164 Renfrew Street and the Vic bar at 20 Scott Street or online via www.theartschool.co.uk and at Ticket Scotland.


Lesley Booth
GSA Press and Media
0779 941 4474

3 and 4 March 2015 at 7pm and 9pm
The GSA Fashion Show 2015
3rd year Fashion Design and Textile Design, and 2nd Year Fashion Design students unveil new designs in a series of catwalk shows.
Tickets priced £10/£7 available in person from the GSA Shop in the Reid Building at 164 Renfrew Street and the Vic bar at 20 Scott Street or online via www.theartschool.co.uk and at Ticket Scotland

Friday, 6 February 2015

Latest exhibition in the Reid Gallery explores the politics of craft

Teapots, tankards, kibbo kift, moon vases and more
  •        Latest exhibition in the Reid Gallery explores the politics of craft
  •        Honesty stall to be created as part of the project

Replica of arrow shot through the window of 10 Downing Street by members of Kibbo Kift in the 1930s
In the mass production age, which can be dated to Henry Ford’s introduction of the driven conveyor belt for the manufacture of the “Model T”, artisanal production has been pretty much driven to the margins. In this new exhibition from Lake District-based Grizedale Arts the utopian dreams of the celebrated Arts and Crafts movement are once put centre stage. It asks us to think about how we can be true to our craft heritage and live life artfully, to experience working not only as labouring for financial reward, but as something that can also help us learn and develop. The Politics of Craft: After Ford 151 runs at the Reid Galley from Saturday 7 February – Sunday 8 March 2015.

Curated by Jina Lee and Adam Sutherland, The Politics of Craft: After Ford 151 was first staged in The Lake District last year as part of Grizedale Art’s 15 years retrospective ‘The Nuisance of Landscape (2014). It features a wide selection of objects dating from the early 19th century to newly made pieces. Teapots, tankards, kibbo kift, moon vases and more ‘orbit’ around the upturned, vaulted ceiling of St Peter’s Seminary (Cardross), made as a skeletal cardboard form. The exhibition draws on the works of John Ruskin through William Morris, the Kibo Kift movement and Woodcraft Folk to contemporary makers and looks at the notion of Arts and Crafts as a resistance movement.

“The Politics of Craft raises many questions around creative working,” says Adam Sutherland. “For example, can we really afford to continue thinking of craft merely in terms of the hobby, nothing but a pastime? We want to inspire people to think more about how we can be true to our craft heritage and to see working not simply as labouring for reward, but also as a process of learning, engaging and developing.”

“We are delighted to be able to show Grizedale Arts’ The Politics of Craft: After Ford 151,” adds Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director at the Glasgow School of Art. “It is staged in the Reid Gallery opposite a building that was both inspired by and exemplifies some of the most important characteristics of the Arts and Crafts movement, Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art.”
St. Peter’s Seminary - a modernist interpretation of the medieval cathedral
Image of Ruskin by Jina Lee, depicted on the gallery wall

For John Ruskin and the Arts and Crafts movement the Cathedral was the architectural model that set the agenda. It was created communally: by the artist, craftsman, architect and builder. Medieval architecture became the visual cornerstone of the movement, and a political interpretation of the medieval craftsman ideology became its guiding philosophy.  Drawing heavily on Le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel, with its roots in the Arts and Crafts movement, St. Peter’s Seminary is a modernist interpretation of a medieval cathedral. One of the centrepieces of the exhibition by leading Scottish architects practice Sutherland Hussey. Also on show in the exhibition is Murray Grigor’s seminal 1972 film St Peter’s Seminary and the recent frame for frame remake commissioned by NVA as part of the project to save the celebrated Macmillan-Metzstein building from total ruin, bringing it back to life as a cultural centre.

The Politics of Craft: Kibbo Kift
Whilst the theme of the of politics of craft imbues the whole exhibition, it is particularly resonant in the Kibbo Kift items. The artist-led Kibbo Kift movement, which broke away from Baden Powell’s Scouting movement, believed in spiritual enlightenment through camping and nature. In the pre WWII years, Kibbo Kift became “the Green Shirts”, a particularly active campaigning force for environmental interests which promoted Ruskinian notions of alternative economies, principally social credit – a kind of labour exchange system. Although wound up in the 1950s many of the principles of Kibbo Kift can still be found in the Woodcraft Folk movement. The arrow featured in the exhibition represents one of Kibbo Kift’s most famous exploits: an arrow that was shot from a longbow by “Robin Hood” through the window of 10 Downing Street in February 1940. On the shaft was the script ‘Social Credit is Coming’. Earlier political events in Downing Street had seen Green Bricks thrown through a window of No 10 first in 1933 and again in 1938.  The arrow included in the exhibition is replica made by Tom Philipson, a furniture-maker and leader of the Woodcraft Folk. In the full spirit of Kibbo Kift he made this arrow in exchange for a weekend at Grizedale Arts off-grid eco holiday home (Low Parkamoo).

For full list of artefacts on show in the exhibition see Notes for editors.

Grizedale Arts “Honest Shop” introduced in Glasgow

Also included in the exhibition will be an honesty stall. Over the years Grizedale Arts has created different honesty stalls as a way of working with a local communities and creating a local economy. The simple premise is that Grizedale makes a stall or shop to which a wide range of local suppliers makers and artists bring homemade produce to be sold in “an honest manner”. Grizedale now runs an honest shop in the Coniston Institute at the Lakes. The suppliers deliver their goods, sign in the book what they have brought with their own product code - customers do much the same, but leave the money too. The Honest Stall in The Politics of Craft: After Ford 151 exhibition will initially sell produce made by Coniston Villagers. In the meantime an invitation has been extended to GSA students and staff community for home-made produce.


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

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

GSA Fine Art students selected for 2015 Scotland + Venice Learning Programme

GSA graduate, Graham Fagen, with some of the students who will benefit from the Learning Programme aligned to his Scotland + Venice solo exhibition.
GSA students Polly Johnston, Stefano Pia and Robert Mills stand behind Fagen.

Three third year Fine Art students from The Glasgow School of art are among the group selected to be part of the Learning Programme aligned to GSA graduate Graham Fagen’s exhibition curated by Hospitalfield and staged at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (9 May – 22 November 2015). Painting and Printmaking student, Polly Johnston, Sculpture and Environmental Art student, Stefano Pia and Fine Art Photography student Robert Mills will benefit from the scheme which gives art school students and graduates the opportunity to learn and develop new skills within the context of the Venice Biennale.  Fagen’s solo exhibition of new work will be on show in Palazzo Fontana – a new location for the Scotland + Venice presentation – which is located off the Grand Canal in the Cannaregio district of Venice. It will run from 9 May – 22 November 2015.

 “We have inherited this wonderful Learning Programme that has been developed in each edition of Scotland + Venice since 2003,” says Lucy Byatt, Director of Hospitalfield. “The opportunity to shoulder considerable responsibility as the public face of Scotland + Venice and to spend a month living and working in Venice is an experience that I am sure we all wish we had when we were at college. I very much look forward to working with the students that we have selected from each college and thank all the staff who have worked with and guided us. It has been a hugely rewarding experience to meet so many astonishing young people with so much potential”. 

 “The Glasgow School of Art is once again pleased to be able to support students to take part in the Scotland + Venice Learning Programme at the Venice Biennale in 2015,” adds Mick McGraw, Undergraduate Programme Leader for Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art.

The Scotland + Venice Learning Programme offers participants training, mentoring, support and work experience, as well as an opportunity for students and recent graduates to immerse themselves within the context of the Venice Biennale. Each of the students will spend up to four weeks in Venice, greeting visitors to Fagen’s exhibition. A key aspect of the Scotland + Venice team’s role will also be to communicate the impact of the programme through a new initiative called ‘The Loop’, which provides an opportunity for the students to produce a collaborative project and share their experience in Venice with other art and design students across Scotland.

Beginning with an intense Residential Learning Weekend in March 2015 at Hospitalfield, the Learning Programme will take place alongside the Scotland + Venice 2015 solo presentation of new work by Graham Fagen, one of the most compelling artists working in Scotland today.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Glasgow School of Art puts Mackintosh furniture saved from fire back on display

Visit to a newly created furniture gallery in the Reid Building will form part of the GSA’s Mackintosh Tours from Sunday 1 February 2015

The Glasgow School of Art is to put some of its Mackintosh furniture back on display it was announced today, Tuesday 27 January 2015. The pieces, which were previously on show in the Mackintosh Room and furniture gallery in the east wing of in the Mackintosh Building, were saved from the building by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, and have been in storage for the last seven months.

Now 20 pieces, including chairs, a linen press, a bookcase, a master and slave clock and two rarely seen panels by Margaret Macdonald, will go on display in a new furniture gallery created in the Reid Building. The public will be able to visit this new furniture gallery as part of an organised tour led by one of the GSA’s expert student guides from this coming Sunday, 1 February 2015.

“The Mackintosh Room and furniture gallery were always highlights of the GSA Mackintosh Building tours,” explains Juliet Fellows-Smith, Tours Co-ordinator for The Glasgow School of Art. “Although it has not been possible to visit the building since last May we have still been able to offer special Mackintosh tours and are delighted that from this weekend we will also include a visit to this new furniture gallery.”

Among the works on show in the new gallery are the master and one of the slave clocks from the innovative system which was installed in the Mackintosh Building in 1910.

It is widely recognised that Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s design for The Glasgow School of Art was unique and innovative; not only the physical building but the fixtures, fittings and furniture as well, says Peter Trowles, GSA Mackintosh Curator.

In 1910 Mackintosh provided designs for a series of simple, wooden, wall-mounted clocks to be used in the studios and in the more public areas of the building. This was to be one of his last ever designs for the School. Significantly, the wall ‘slave’ clocks were electrically run from a central ‘master’ clock which relied upon the very latest technology of the day: a pulse-operated or ‘synchronome’ mechanism manufactured by the important Glasgow firm of Dykes Brothers.”

Regrettably, a number of the slave clocks were lost in the in the fire last May, but the majority were saved including examples in both the east and west wings of the building. Specialist horologist Nick Sanders will re-connect the master with one of the slaves so that visitors can see how the system, which was ground-breaking in its time, worked.

“What's special about the system is that before its installation all the clocks had to be wound up and adjusted every week,” adds Peter Trowles. “As every clock would have to be wound by hand, some by key, they could have been as much as ten minutes out. With this state of the art system all the clocks moved together meaning that they were all accurate.”
Visitors will be also able to see two embroidered panels by Mackintosh’s wife, Margaret Macdonald, which are rarely exhibited. The last time they were on public display was when they were loaned out for the Klimt exhibition in Japan in 2012
“Margaret Macdonald’s Heart of the Rose gesso panel was a very popular piece in the original furniture gallery,” explains Fellows-Smith. “However, as this piece needed some conservation work which was unrelated to the impact of the fire we decided to include others of her works in the new gallery whilst this work was being undertaken. Macdonald was an important Glasgow Style designer in her own right as well as working in partnership with Mackintosh.”
For full details of the pieces that will be on show in the new furniture gallery see Notes for Editors.

A visit to the furniture gallery will be included in the GSA’s Mackintosh tours from 1 February 2015. The tours, priced £9.75 (with a range of concessions) are led by expert student guides and take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm in February with 10am and 4pm tours added in March. Tours depart half hourly over the summer. For further information and to book a tour visit: www.gsa.ac.uk/visit-gsa/mackintosh-at-the-gsa-tour/timetables-tickets


Further information:
Lesley Booth
GSA Press and Media
0779 941 4474

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Exhibition of specially commissioned cover art marks 50th edition of The Drouth magazine

Drouth Five-Oh

     Images: Drouth covers with artwork by Alasdair Gray and Ciara Philips

An exhibition of cover art by leading artists and designers will open in the Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art on 17 January 2015. The covers were all commissioned for The Drouth (The Thirst), and the exhibition marks the 50th edition of the magazine. Drouth Five-Oh runs on the first floor of the Reid Building at the GSA until 15 February 2015. Entry is free.

Founded in 2001 by Johnny Rodger, Professor of Urban Literature at the GSA, and Mitch Miller who is currently completing his PhD in the School, The Drouth’s remit has always been to give space to writers and artists to stimulate debate on and through literature, film politics, reportage, visual culture, music and architecture. Every issue of the magazine has had a particular theme and often a guest cover artist and a guest editor.

Our contributors are artists, scholars and commentators who engage with prevalent political and social concerns through their respective disciplines,” explains Rodger. “While we provide a theme and some initial ideas, we offer contributors freedom to explore new ideas and unfamiliar territories.”

Artists and designers who have created covers for The Drouth include: Graham Fagen, Alasdair Gray, Roderick Buchanan, Pat Donald, Ross Sinclair, Stuart Murray, Artemis Manouki, Niels Bugge, Chris Leslie, Andrew Lee, Chris Dooks, Dhivya Kate Chetty, Mariusz Tarkawian, Marc Baines, Toby Paterson, Bill Breckenridge, David Shrigley and Craig Richardson. The fiftieth cover is by Turner Prize nominated artist, Ciara Phillips. Guest editors include Edwin Morgan, Stephen Davismoon, Ruairidh Nicoll, Mark Cousins, Rosemary Goring and Hannah McGill. For full list of guest artists and editors see Notes for Editors.

Read articles in past issues of The Drouth at www.thedrouth.org


Further information, images and interviews:
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

Notes for Editors

Issue No
Guest Artist
Guest Editor
Frank Kuppner
Lotta Djupsund
Edwin Morgan
Jenni Calder
Stephen Davismoon
Pat Donald
Miles Glendinning
Pat Donald
Gowan Calder
Murray Grigor
Christopher Harvie
David Shrigley
Ruairidh Nicoll
Sarah Dunnigan
Andreas Kaiser
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad
Toby Paterson
Elke Weissmann
Ken Currie
Willy Maley
Mark Neville
Carol Baraniuk
Alasdair Gray
John Calcutt
Aaron Valdez
Jonny Murray
Stephen Otto-Klenner
Sheila Dickson
Louise Galea
Mark Cousins
Craig Richardson
Robert Davidson
Euan Sutherland
Andrew Lee
Rosemary Goring
John Kay
Emily Munro
Stuart Murray
Molly Maguire
The Steve Ovett Effect
Ian S Wood
Bill Breckenridge
Ashley Shelby
Alexandra Demankova
John Knox
Stephen Healy
Jen Birks
Chris Dooks
Ian McCulloch
Rhona Brown
Roderick Buchanan
Simon Kövesi
Graham Fagen
Miriam Ross
Ross Sinclair
Emma Lennox
Chris Leslie
Alan E. Williams
Artemis Manouki
Alasdair Gray
Graphical House
Frances Robertson
Viktor Koen
Stuart McAdam
Neil Clements
Mariusz Tarkawian
Charles Darwin
Tara Beall
James Clegg
Marc Baines
Niels Bugge
Peter Geoghegan
Dhivya Kate Chetty
Hannah McGill
Ciara Phillips