Thursday, 21 May 2015

"Meet Your Maker" 2015 at GSA Degree Show

Print a limited edition book bag with recent textile graduates, Rayha, in The Glasgow School of Art Shop.


Rayha

Visitors to the annual undergraduate degree show will be able to get their hands dirty screen printing a limited edition tote bag, it was announced today 21 May 2015

The event, which is presented by the GSA in partnership with Craft Scotland, offers the chance to meet recent graduates and makers of best-selling contemporary craft products. It will run from 10am – 4.30pm on Saturday 13th June at The Glasgow School of Art Shop.
GSA graduates Hazel Dunn and Alexandra Bland of textiles company Rayha will be demonstrating their practice with a mini, interactive screen-printing workshop in GSA's new shop and adjacent visitor centre space.

Visitors can pop in to try their hand at screen printing and create their own GSA book bag with Rayha’s beautiful surface patterns and shapes.

“Everyone loves a good tote bag,” says Jen Stewart of GSA Enterprises. “The Glasgow School of Art Shop is the perfect destination to uncover new talent and pick up covetable contemporary designs. Also as every purchase supports the School.”

Visitors can bring their own or purchase a GSA tote bag for £3.50 to print with Rayha's limited edition designs.

Round pop pom cushion by Rayha


The Glasgow School of Art Shop, Open 7 days, 10am – 4.30pm.
164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF | 0141 353 4526 | www.gsashop.co.uk

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Further information
Jen Stewart
0141 566 1473
j.stewart@gsa.ac.uk



Notes to Editors:
  • Glasgow School of Art Degree Show runs across the Garnethill campus and in the Tontine Building from Sat 13 – Say 20 June. Entry free. Further information


  • The Glasgow School of Art Shop stocks contemporary design products from students, staff and celebrated alumni, as well as commissioning award winning ranges inspired by the heritage of the School and it’s master architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Every purchase supports the School and GSA's next generation of budding designers, artists and architects.
  • Rayha is a collaborative project by two Textile Design Graduates from The Glasgow School of Art Alexandra Bland & Hazel Dunn. Their practice centres on screen-printed textiles that are then embellished with bespoke embroidery and pom-poms before being turned into home ware and accessories, creating something extra special, by not only producing visually interesting, but tangible and textured products

  • This event is part of Craft Scotland’s nationwide programme of Meet Your Maker events, running throughout 2015, designed to bring makers and the public closer together to see how a range of wonderful crafted products are made. For more events and information visit: www.craftscotland.org/meetyourmaker.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam appointed to CAN DO Innovation Forum

Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Head of the School of Design at The Glasgow School of Art, has been appointed to the CAN DO Innovation Forum it was announced today, Tuesday 20 May 2015. The announcement was made by Chair of the Forum, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP. Comprising senior representatives from business and academia, the forum has been established to drive up innovation investment and help Scotland become be a world-leading entrepreneurial nation.

Mr Swinney said: “Scotland CAN DO is a platform for all sectors to further sharpen our focus on creating sustainable economic growth. Our vision is to make a Scotland as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation - a CAN DO place for business.”

“The Forum will play a crucial role in driving forward demand for, and investment in, business innovation ensuring that innovation can make a lasting and positive difference to the Scottish economy.”

The Glasgow School has been in the forefront of developing design-led innovation in business through the work of its Institute of Design Innovation, which is based in Glasgow and in Forres, where the GSA has been working in partnership with Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

Full text of the Deputy First Minister’s announcement below.

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Further information on the GSA
Lesley Booth
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Text of the Deputy First Minster’s announcement

Innovation to boost future economic activity
 Businesses to work together to drive up innovation investment.

A shared vision on innovation will help Scotland become be a world-leading entrepreneurial nation, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said today.
Meeting for the first time the newly appointed members of the Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum will be the leading force in creating greater levels of demand for, and investment in, business innovation for the benefit of the whole Scottish economy.
Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s Scotland CAN DO framework, the Forum will compromise representatives from the private, public and third sectors and academia, to:

  • create a shared vision for innovation across Scotland
  • stimulate demand for innovation from business
  • drive up levels of business innovation investment
  • stimulate economically productive links between industry and academia.
Speaking ahead of the first meeting, Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum, Chair Mr Swinney said:
“Scotland CAN DO is a platform for all sectors to further sharpen our focus on creating sustainable economic growth. Our vision is to make a Scotland as a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation - a CAN DO place for business.
“The Forum will play a crucial role in driving forward demand for, and investment in, business innovation ensuring that innovation can make a lasting and positive difference to the Scottish economy.
“This Government is focused on growing our economy and this new Forum will help to ensure that Scotland’s economy is one where growth is based on innovation, change and openness to new ways of doing things.  The sheer diversity of innovation that already exists in Scotland is something to be commended.  Scottish EDGE already stands as an exemplar of this approach and shows what can happen when public, private and third sector partners work as one for the benefit of growth orientated entrepreneurs across our country.
 “The breadth of the Scotland CAN DO approach and our firm assertion that wider benefit to society, growth and innovation do go hand-in-hand.”

Background

In accordance with Scotland’s Economic Strategy and Programme for Government, the Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum, chaired by the Deputy First Minister, will focus on increasing the contribution that business innovation can make to the economy.

List of members


Jamie Coleman – Codebase
Shane Corstorphine – Skyscanner
James Dunbar – New Start Highland
Richard Erskine – Statoil Technology Invest
Prof. Patricia Findlay – University of Strathclyde
Prof. Anne Glover - Aberdeen University
Will Hutton – Big Innovation Centre
Chris van der Kuyl – Entrepreneurial Scotland
Geoff Mulgan – Nesta
Professor Irene McAra McWilliam – The Glasgow School of Art
Derek Norwood – Devro plc
Dr. Deborah O’Neil – Novabiotics Ltd
Erin Platts – Silicon Valley Bank UK
Ken Scott – Alexander Dennis Ltd
Dr. Tracy Shimmield – Scottish Marine Institute
John Waddell – Archangel
Kevin Baughan – Innovate UK
Melfort Campbell – Innovation Scotland Forum
Donna Chisholm – Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Cathie Cowan – Health Innovation Partnership Board
Paul Hagan – Scottish Funding Council

Jim Watson – Scottish Enterprise

Monday, 18 May 2015

London Premiere for "A Beautiful Living Thing"



  • Screening and discussion at the RIBA on 23 May 2015 marks end of hugely popular Mackintosh Architecture exhibition
  • Panel chaired by Hugh Pearman, editor RIBA Journal
  • Contributions from artist Ross Birrell, Robyne Calvert, (the GSA) and Malcom Mitchell (Page\Park)



Bill Chandler, violinist at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.  A still from A Beautiful Living Thing

Marking the final day of the hugely popular Mackintosh Architecture exhibition on Saturday 23 May, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) hosts the London premiere of A Beautiful Living Thing, a film by Ross Birrell, artist and lecturer at the GSA. Shot inside the Mackintosh building in late December 2014 and early January 2015, the film explores the ruins left after the fire and muses on Mackintosh’s description of a piece of art:

‘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)

The film features a recording of music composed by the artist in response to the fire performed inside the library by Bill Chandler, violinist at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The composition for solo violin forms the foundation of a film which is composed of slow-moving tracking shots and details of the building, filmed by Birrell with GSA colleague, Hugh Watt. The film was produced by Jo Crotch, an architect and teacher at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA, and is part of a major programme of academic research aligned to the restoration of the Mackintosh Building.

Birrell’s work combines film, music, installation and place and has been widely exhibited internationally. He has made several films with Hugh Watt. Jo Crotch’s 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 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.

The Mackintosh Architecture exhibition at the RIBA shows Mackintosh’s original drawings.  It has been the most popular exhibition to date at the Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place. 

The Glasgow School of Art: A Beautiful Living Thing event takes place at the RIBA on Saturday 23 May, 11.30am – 12.30pm. The screening and associated discussion features contributions from artist Ross Birrell, Malcolm Mitchell of restoration design team leaders, Page \ Park,  and Robyn Calvert Mackintosh Research Fellow at The Glasgow School of Art. Tickets can be purchased from www.architecture.com/mackintosh.

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Media enquiries relating for A Beautiful Living Thing (2015) / The Mackintosh Building / The Glasgow School of Art 
Lesley Booth 
0779 941 4474

For further press information on RIBA: 
Melanie Mayfield, RIBA Press Office:
020 7307 3662


Notes for Editors
  • The Architecture Gallery at RIBA is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Sunday and until 8pm every Tuesday. Free entrance. RIBA is at 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. The exhibition is part of a RIBA season of wide ranging events and workshops, designed for all ages and experience levels. For further information go to www.architecture.com/whatson
  • Mackintosh Architecture was curated by Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator and Professor of Mackintosh Studies at The Hunterian for the Glasgow exhibition and by Susan Pugh, Curator, RIBA Drawings and Archives for the RIBA exhibition in London.
  • Mackintosh Architecture is the result of a four-year research project led by Professor Pamela Robertson, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.  This has delivered the first authoritative catalogue and analysis of Mackintosh’s architecture: www.mackintosh-architecture.gla.ac.uk
  • The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with additional support from the Pilgrim Trust and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland provided collaborative input.
  • The Hunterian is home to the largest single holding of the work of Scottish artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home. www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian



Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Model Library - The Glasgow School of Art unveils specially-commissioned scale model of the Mackintosh Library



                                 
GSA graduate Franki Finch of Finch and Fouracre with her 1:20 scale 
model of the Mackintosh Library.


The Glasgow School of Art unveiled an exquisite scale model of the Mackintosh Library. Commissioned from specialist architectural and exhibition model makers, Finch & Fouracre, the exact 1:20 replica was created by GSA product design graduate, Franki Finch, and will be a focus for part of the GSA’s popular Mackintosh tours.

“There is a huge interest in Mackintosh and his masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art,” explains Juliet Fellows-Smith Tour Interpretation and Programme Manager. “Unfortunately it is not possible to visit the building currently, but with this beautiful model we will be able to illustrate Mackintosh’s creative genius as demonstrated in the design of the library during our daily guided tours.”


Measuring around 60cm x 60cm x 45cm the model took over three months to create as although a number of different production techniques were used, including laser cutting and acid etching, most of the work was done by hand. A particularly time-consuming aspect of the process was making the tiny specks of colour which decorated the chamfered balustrades on the Mackintosh Library balcony. No one knows for certain if the colours chosen had any particular significance for Mackintosh, but one popular theory is that the colours (white, red, green and blue) represent the four elements of water, earth, fire and air. Meanwhile, each of the decorative panels that hung down from the balcony and were decorated with a different pattern of circles and lines, are rendered in the model by thin layers of acid-etched brass spray-painted to look like wood.






To ensure the greatest accuracy Franki referenced hundreds of photographs of the library and crucially had access to a unique resource. “I was fortunate to be able to reference a very special set of drawings,” she explains.  “Whilst he was at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the GSA Paul Clarke, who is now based at the University of Ulster, created a comprehensive set of drawings of the Mackintosh Building which include accurate measurements for every single room.  I was able to use his detailed documentation of the library as a key part of my research.”

Sited on a 3ft high plinth, the model is located by the reflection pool in the Reid Building directly opposite the main entrance to the Mackintosh Building. Visitors will be able to see it from today as part of the popular Mackintosh at the GSA tours which are led by the GSA’s award-winning team of guides most of whom are students or graduates of the institution. The tours run from the Window on Mackintosh Visitor Centre in Reid Building 7 days a week all year round.

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Further information:
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

press@gsa.ac.uk


Notes For Editors
  •  The Mackintosh Model is the latest addition to the Mackintosh Tour following the opening in the Reid Building earlier this year of a recreated Furniture Gallery, which showcases key pieces from the GSA’s Mackintosh collection.
  •  Finch and Fouracre also produce ‘build-your-own’ architecture model kits which are bestsellers in the GSA Shop (http://www.gsashop.co.uk/collections/franki-finch-finch-fouracre).
  •  Paul Clarke is part of the Page\Park led design team for the Mackintosh Building restoration

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Further accolade for the GSA’s Reid Building

The Circuit of Connection, one of the keynote features of the award-winning Reid Building at the GSA

The Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art has received a further accolade it was revealed today, 5 May 2015. The Steven Holl Architects-JM Architects designed building has been recognised in the RICS Scotland Awards, being named as winner in the Best Design through Innovation category.

This is the latest accolade for the building which was officially opened last spring by GSA alumnus Robbie Coltrane. The Reid Building was named as the Best Building of 2014 by the leading Architecture publication, AJ, last May, and went on to win the Education and Healthcare Lighting Project of the Year 2014 in the Lux Awards, GIA Best Education Design awards and GIA Supreme Award later in the year. Last month the Reid Building was shortlisted for the prestigious RIAS and RIBA Scotland Awards.

The Reid Building is a new, purpose-built academic building created for the School of Design at the GSA. It also includes workshops, lecture facilities, communal student areas and exhibition spaces as well a new visitor centre, The Window on Mackintosh. Since February 2015 it has also housed the Mackintosh Furniture Gallery which was historically located in the Mackintosh Building.

Following the win in the RICS Scotland Awards the Reid Building will now go forward to 2015 RICS Awards Grand Final in October at the London Dorchester Hotel. The RIAS Awards / RIBA Scotland Awards will be announced in June with the winners being put forward for the RIAS-Doolan Award.

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Further information
Lesley Booth
0779 941 4474

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.

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

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.

For more information visit: http://catherinestreet.net

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.

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

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