Magazine article Art Monthly

Glasgow Phoenix

Magazine article Art Monthly

Glasgow Phoenix

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Fundraising work is under way in Glasgow with the aim of restoring Glasgow School of Art's Charles Rennie Mackintosh building and endowing a fund to help students recreate works lost in the recent devastating fire.

At around 12.30pm on Friday 23 May, a fire broke out in the basement of the iconic building. At the time, students were in the last stages of preparing their work for final assessment, with the cut-off for degree presentations being 5pm that day. Although the cause has not yet been officially confirmed, students present at the outbreak suggest that a spark from a video projector landed on a sculpture made from expanding foam, which quickly ignited and became a fierce blaze. Firefighters were on the scene almost immediately and it is estimated that only 10% of the building itself and 30% of the contents were lost, although the school's unique Mackintosh Library was among the rooms entirely gutted.

The school still managed to launch its degree show three weeks after the incident. However, the fine art department was worst hit in the fire and all 102 students directly affected by the blaze had photographs of their lost works exhibited in the nearby McLellan Galleries and were awarded their degrees under 'mitigating circumstances'. …

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