Glasgow School of Art

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Glasgow School of Art is one of four independent art schools in Scotland, situated in the Garnethill area of Glasgow.


It was founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government School of Design, one of the first Government Schools of Design. In 1853 it changed its name to The Glasgow School of Art. Initially it was located at 12 Ingram Street, but in 1869 it moved to the McLellan Galleries. In 1897 work started on a new building to house the school on Renfrew Street. The building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the first half of the building was completed in 1899 and the second in 1909. The Glasgow School of Art is regarded as one of the foremost institutions for the study of art and design in the world.

During the early stages of the Glasgow School of Arts, Mackintosh produced one of his purest works. Queen's Cross Church, in Maryhill, Glasgow is still a hidden gem, one of the artist's most mysterious works, which was built between 1897 and 1899. [ [ Watch video of the church] and interview with Stuart Robertson, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Director]


The school is situated in a compact campus, spread across 10 buildings, in the centre of Glasgow, north of Sauchiehall Street, [cite news
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] with the exception of the school's digital design studio which is situated within the House for an Art Lover, in Bellahouston Park on the south side of the city.

The Mackintosh Building — or "The Mac" as it is colloquially known — is the heart of the campus and continues to be a functioning part of the school. It primarily houses the Fine Art Painting department, the Interior Design department, first year studios and administrative staff. It also houses the Mackintosh gallery which holds many different exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery is the only part of the Mackintosh building open to the general public; all other areas are of the school are only viewable by guided tour. An exception to this rule is the Degree Show where all the studios within the Mackintosh building are opened to allow people to view the graduating year's final artworks.

Directly opposite the Mackintosh Building are the Newbery Tower, Foulis Building and Assembly Building. The Newbury Tower houses the Textiles, Jewellery & Silversmithing departments and the Refectory cafeteria, actually a second branch of Where the Monkey Sleeps, a city centre cafe and restaurant run by three ex-graduates. The Foulis has the Product Design Engineering, Product Design, Visual Communications departments and the Centre for Advanced Textiles.

The Richmond Building is home to the Fine Art photography department which was founded by Thomas Joshua Cooper in 1982. The BA (Fine Art) Photography course was the first of its kind in Europe.

Connected to the Richmond Building is the John D. Kelly Building which houses the printmaking department, as well as the first year design programme.

The Mackintosh School of Architecture and the school's library are situated in The Bourdon Building.

The Barnes Building on West Graham Street is the base for the MFA and Sculpture and environmental art studios.


Currently, the school board is planning on developing the current Garnethill campus. The Mackintosh building will still be centrepiece of the campus, though there are plans to sell of some of the more peripheral buildings and to redevelop the Newbury site. As part of the planned expansion Glasgow School of Art has taken control of Glasgow City Council's McLellan Galleries. [ McLellan Galleries on Glasgow museums website]

Ewan Muir from Lundin Links works in registry in the Mackintosh building.


Of its 1,600 students, almost 20 per cent are from outside the UK. [cite news
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On December 18, 2002 the funding councils published figures which placed Glasgow School of Art as having the second-lowest number in the country of students from a working class background. With just 7% of its students coming from social classes IIIm, IV and V (skilled manual, semi-skilled or unskilled workers), the figures put it above Oxford and Cambridge in terms of exclusivity. [cite news
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tudent Unions and representation

The Assembly Building houses the Glasgow School of Art Student Association's administrative offices. Known by many of the staff and students as "The Vic" due to the remains of a Victorian cafe, called The Victoria cafe, saved from beneath a condemned building in the 1960s.

Students from other institutions often refer to the building as "The Art School", which often refers to the gigs and club-nights that run by the GSASA.

The GSASA also has different societies including the Mural society, LGBT society and Cinema Society.

The SRC is a body of students elected by fellow students. They meet once a month with different sections of the school to discuss issues affecting the students.

Notable alumni

*Iain McCaig – award-winning illustrator and conceptual designer and noted Hollywood storyboard artist.
*Simon Starling - Turner Prize winning artist.
*Cathy Jamieson - Politician
*Alasdair Gray - Novelist and muralist; author of ""
*Hannah Frank - Printmaker and sculptor


External links

* [ Glasgow School of Art home page]
* [ Glasgow School of Art Student Association]
* [ Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Glasgow Buildings]

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