- Peter Capaldi and Brad Pitt lend support by becoming Trustees
- Appeal aims to raise around £20m
Today, Wednesday 18 June 2014, The Glasgow School of Art launched The Mackintosh Appeal with the aim of raising around £20m to support the institution in the work that needs to be undertaken following the fire in the Mackintosh Building. It was also confirmed that Peter Capaldi and Brad Pitt would lend their support to the GSA by becoming Trustees of the Appeal.
“Our priority to date has been to address the immediate physical and academic impact of the fire,” says Professor Tom Inns Director of The Glasgow School of Art. “We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support from around the world since the fire and are hugely grateful to all those people who have donated. This support, along with that of the Scottish Government, has been vital. It has enabled us to put in place the Phoenix Bursaries programme to help those students who were most affected by the fire.”
“We are now beginning to look forward to the work we will need to do to return the Mackintosh building to its former glory, and to make sure it continues to be a fit and inspiring place for our students to make work.”
“We are delighted that both Peter Capaldi, one of our most celebrated alumni, and Brad Pitt, whose admiration for Mackintosh is well known, have both joined our campaign and will be Trustees on The Mackintosh Appeal.”
“I hope we can come together to help raise the funds to restore the Mackintosh Building it to its former grace,” adds Capaldi who studied Graphic Design at the GSA. “ It always seemed to me, when I studied there, both as a student and as a child in Saturday morning art classes, an exotic place of the imagination…. all nooks and crannies, guarded by stern ancient statues and full of artistic possibilities.
"There is no greater symbol of the artistic spirit of Scotland than the Mackintosh Building. But more than that it is a symbol of where art belongs, rising as it does out of the heart of a great city. A mighty castle on a hill, it is a part of me, and of all Glaswegians.”
In a specially recorded message for the students he said: “I’m so sorry for all of you who have lost your Degree Shows. All I can say to you is that you are artists. This will only add to your story. You will be reborn, and rise from the ashes even stronger.”
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Notes for Editors
- Peter Capaldi graduated from Graphic Design at the GSA in 1980, and went on to give an acclaimed performance in the film Local Hero, his breakthrough role in 1983. He has subsequently featured in numerous films and television programmes, including The Hour, Neverwhere, Skins, The Crow Road and Torchwood. He is arguably best known for his portrayal of fictional spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the television series The Thick of It, and later in the film In The Loop. In 2013 it was revealed that Capaldi would be the 12th Dr Who. Capaldi is also a director, and won the 1995 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for his film Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life, produced for BBC Scotland in 1993.
- William Bradley “Brad” Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He began his acting career in television guest spots, including a recurring role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987. He gained recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis’ character in 1991′s Thelma & Louise. Pitt’s first leading role in a major film was in Interview with the Vampire (1994). He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall, which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. The following year came two contrasting, widely acclaimed starring roles, in the crime thriller Seven (1995) and the science fiction Twelve Monkeys (1995), in which he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Pitt received worldwide attention in the 1999 film Fight Club, for his role as Tyler Durden. Following the success of Fight Club, he was cast as Rusty Ryan in the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven, and its sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). He has had his biggest commercial successes with Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Spy Game (2001), Troy (2004), the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
- Brad Pitt’s interest with architecture is well known. He has collaborated with Frank Gehry to build homes in New Orleans and spoken of his admiration for Charles Rennie Mackintosh. When filming World War Z in Glasgow in 2011 he took time out of the schedule to visit Hill House in Helensburgh.
The Mackintosh Appeal will be run by The Glasgow School of Art Development Trust. Current Trustees are:
The Rt Hon The Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden KT
Colin Grassie (Chair)
Dr Kenneth Chrystie
Ken Ross OBE
Bryan Ferry CBE
Dr Muriel Gray
Prof Tom Inns
William Bradley “Brad” Pitt