The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Rising from the Flames - GSA Announces Post-fire Phoenix Bursaries

03 June 2014 | Updated 01 January 1970
The Glasgow School of Art has announced that it is to create special bursaries for the students most seriously affected by the fire in the Mackintosh Building.

“In the aftermath of the fire, the GSA was overwhelmed with offers of support including offers of studio space from the Scottish art schools and from a broad portfolio of other art colleges in the UK, Europe and USA,” says Professor Tom Inns, Director of The GSA. “The beating heart of the GSA is its students and our priority is to ensure that all those most seriously affected by the fire are given the opportunity to rebuild their practice. The GSA will therefore create special bursaries which will enable the students have sufficient studio time to develop their practice and make new work.” The Scottish government is working with the GSA to develop the scheme.

The government also announced it would match fund up to £5m monies raised by the GSA for the restoration of the building. This funding will be in addition to any longer-term funding requirements for building recovery and restoration and which will be supported by the Scottish Government and its agencies following full evaluation of insurance liability.

The Scottish First Minister said: “The Mackintosh Building of The Glasgow School of Art is truly unique and the fire was a devastating blow for students and staff as well as the wider arts and architecture community worldwide. The very severe damage to the building’s iconic library, in particular, is a cultural loss of significant magnitude.

“The ‘Mack’ is an extraordinary building. It is an architectural gem and the artistic heart of Glasgow. It can and will be restored and everything which can be done must be done to deliver this."


First public access to award-winning Reid Building

The Glasgow School of Art will proceed with a Degree Show for students of Design and Architecture as planned, with special arrangements put in place for students in the School of Fine Art it was confirmed on 3 June. The MFA show will also take place in the Glue Factory as planned.

“Last week’s events had a significant impact on the GSA,” said Professor Tom Inns, (Director of The Glasgow School of Art). “But I am pleased to confirm that the GSA Degree Show for our Architecture and Design students will go ahead as planned. This will offer the public not only the opportunity to see work by a new generation of creative talent but also the first chance to visit our award winning Reid Building.”

“It has been a particularly challenging time for our Fine Art students and this exhibition ensures that although they are unable to stage a Degree Show at this time they are able to join with their fellow students across the campus in our annual showcase of creativity and innovation.” The School of Fine Art, whose students were significantly impacted by the fire in the Mackintosh Building, will be represented in a special exhibition in McLellan Galleries which will run concurrently with Design and Architecture Degree Shows.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 03 June 2014


Related Articles

Explosion Kills Man - Fire Closes Hotel

Police, the London Ambulance Service, the Fire Brigade and eventually the London Air Ambulance were called to an explosion at a building site on Thursday 16 in...

 Read Full Article
This is England - Bath Bombs and Sink Holes

A 300m exclusion zone remained in place in Bath on the morning of Friday 13th following the discovery of a wartime bomb. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team...

 Read Full Article
Scottish Schools for Scandal?

Edinburgh is rocking from the emergency measures that are being taken to ensure 17 PPI funded schools are going to be safe for its students and staff. While the...

 Read Full Article
Firefighters Co-operate to Save Co-operative

A huge blaze caused early evening traffic chaos in Manchester yesterday (Oct 12) as emergency services battled the fire in the historic headquarters of the Co-Op - or...

 Read Full Article
Diesel Is Evil

The latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee has demanded that the government must move against the construction of new schools, hospitals and care homes near...

 Read Full Article
Balcony Collapse - One Man Was Pinned to Railings

Tomasz Procko, 22, from Greenford died at the scene. Karol Szymanski, 29, from Wembley died later in hospital. One of the men is thought to have fallen on to spiked...

 Read Full Article
A Bolt from the Blue - Bad Press Day for Cheesegrater

As reported in a variety of media yesterday evening and this morning, part of a bolt - 'the size of a man's arm' - has fallen from the giant Cheesegrater...or...

 Read Full Article
Roll-up, Roll-up - Everyman a Winner. Stirling Prize 2014

In something of a shock decision, Liverpool's new Everyman Theatre has won the coveted Stirling Prize and beaten the favourites - the LSE’s student centre in...

 Read Full Article
Six of the Best - Stirling Prize Nominees Featured ThisWeekinFM

The shortlist for the prestigious 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building has been announced and ThisWeekinFM will be looking at each nominee (with thanks to...

 Read Full Article
Ticking Timebomb - Building Site Collapse

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a building under construction on Mitcham Road in Tooting in London yesterday morning just a day...

 Read Full Article