Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mackintosh Building Fire Fund

Today the Glasgow School of Art has launched the Mackintosh Building Fire Fund.

Glasgow School of Art

Help with the restoration of the Macintosh Building

Plans are in hand to raise the funds to get the building which suffered terrible destruction in the recent fire.
The very severe damage to the building’s iconic library, in particular, is a cultural loss of significant magnitude.
The Scottish Government have pledged to match up to £5m raised by the Glasgow School of Art 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 Macintosh Library before the fire

You can find the place to give what you can on Mackintosh Building Fire Fund on The Big Give
  • it aims to raise funds through donations to respond to the fire at Glasgow Art School which destroyed the Macintosh Library and created significant damage to the building.
  • the intention is to promote the appeal through international networks, encouraging lovers of the ‘Mack’, at home and abroad, to fund-raise to help restore this wonderful building to its former glory.
  • you can donate online - which means people living around the world who love Macintosh and appreciate the significance of this building can help to restore it
The Glasgow School of Art are the custodians of this magnificent building and it exists to serve the students of the School. The GSA takes seriously its responsibility to preserve this internationally iconic building and to ensure that it continues to be at the heart of our campus and creative community.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
and the First Minister for Scotland also commented
“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.

Phoenix Bursaries for students

Those students who were most seriously affected by the fire in the Macintosh Building and lost their final year artwork are to receive special funds called Phoenix Bursaries.
Up to a hundred fine art students who lost work in Friday's blaze will receive the Phoenix bursaries, providing studio space for up to six months and a living allowance while they rebuild their portfolios.
This is what  Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art, had to say
“In the aftermath of Friday’s 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. 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.”
GSA are also asking people wanting to offer practical assistance, to e-mail in the first instance to Alan Horn, Director of Development at a.horn@gsa.ac.uk

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