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 Glasgow School of Art

News from The Glasgow School of Art, December 2016

Dear Julya


As the end of term and the Christmas holidays approach, we wanted to share with you some of the recent news and successes from the GSA. We hope that you will find this information of interest, and that it will give you some more insight into some of the wide range of activities that happen in and around the GSA campus and community, and into the work of some of our staff, students and alumni. Click on the links and images in the articles below for more on each story. 


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Practice Makes Perfect: The MFA at Glasgow School of Art

Image: MFA Degree Show, 2016

Image: MFA Degree Show, 2016


Click here to read the article in Art & Education about GSA's Master of Fine Art postgraduate programme. 



Eunjoo Lee, Utopia

Image: Eunjoo Lee, Utopia


Master's Communication Design student Eunjoo Lee wins a World Illustration Award, 2016, via The Guardian


Jonathan Saunders talks about his experience studying at GSA in ID magazine
Read more in the article ‘Why you should consider studying fashion and design outside London.’


Communication Design students create visual responses for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Scottish Inspirations concert


Mariam Syed's textile designs

Image: Mariam Syed's textile designs


Textiles alumna Mariam Syed wins award to set up business

2016 BA(Hons) Textile Design alumna Mariam Syed was awarded £800 towards setting up a business making prayer mats and head scarves for children in her community. The award was made at New Designers by the Worshipful Company of Weavers.


Silversmithing & Jewellery student Isla Christie wins GSA Shop student design competition


Third year Textile Design student Eve Campbell has won the inaugural £5000 Endura Prize, for her custom cycle clothing design. 


Environmental Art alumnus David Shirley unveiled ‘Really Good’, his artwork for the Fourth Plinth in London


Image: Reformational, Mads Holm

Image: Reformational, Mads Holm

Fine Art Photography alumni Mads Holm has won the Jill Todd Photographic Award

Mads Holm graduated in 2016, and is the third GSA alumnus to win the award since it was established in 2010. His work is on display at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh until 17 January 2017. Earlier this year Holm won the 2016 Danish Embassy Art Prize and exhibited work in Opposite Tendancies at 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow.


Data visualisation of income inequality in Los Angeles, Herwig Scherabon

Image: Data visualisation of income inequality in Los Angeles, Herwig Scherabon


Information is Beautiful

2016 MDes Communication Design alumni Herwig Scherabon recieved the Gold Award in the Student Category, and an Honourable Mention in the Data Visualisation category, of the international Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.


His work has featured in Design Boom and Creative ReviewClick here to read an interview with Scherabon and to see more examples of his work. 


Image:  Sticks and Stones, 2013, Lucy Skaer.

Image:  Sticks and Stones, 2013, Lucy Skaer. 


Alumna Lucy Skaer is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists, the largest individual award made to visual artists and composers in the UK.


Skaer has a upcoming exhibition in collaboration with Rosalind Nashashibi at Tate St Ives in 2018, and solo show at Kunstwerke in Berlin in 2017. She was a Turner Prize nominee in 2009 and has exhibited several times in New York. 


Alumni success at 2016 Scottish BAFTAS

Communication Design alumnus Ross Hogg and Duncan Cowles’s film Isabella won the award for Best Short Film, and make up artist Christine Cant won the Outstanding Contribution to Craft award, after over 35 years in the industry.


Image: Swirl by Jo Barker 

GSA lecturer Jo Barker has won the Cordis Prize for her Tapestry 'Swirl'

Serious Games and Virtual Reality alumni secure £25,000 investment grant

Calum Sinclair, Alex Horowitz and Nursalim Ahmad recieved the maximum award from the UK Games Fund to develop a commercial prototype of Curvish, a 2D puzzle platform game in which players freely rotate in the game world.


Painting & Printmaking alumnus Gregor Henderson reaches the final of Sky Arts Landscape Artists of the Year

An exhibition of the finalists work will be on display at Turner Contemporary until 8 January.


Image: Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. 


Collective Architecture and GSA Lecturer Nick Walker are named as architects for Victoria Infirmary housing development


Product Design Engineering alumni Michael Tougher wins award from the Royal Academy of Engineering


Dr Gayle Rice wins Service Design Award for PhD project focused on Leaving Care Services


Image: Pam Hogg at The Scottish Fashion Awards event in London

Image: Pam Hogg at the Scottish Fashion Awards event in London


Textiles alumna Pam Hogg wins the Fashion Icon award at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2016


Diary Dates


7 - 21 Dec

Merry Christmas! A History of GSA Christmas Cards GSA Exhibitions

The Glasgow School of Art staff and students have celebrated Christmas since the School’s opening, producing Christmas balls, theatre productions, fairs and cards to send to each other. The Archives and Collections present a selection of these materials including photographs, ephemera and Christmas cards made by GSA staff and students. This selection of items spans over 60 years of the School’s history and features the work of many GSA staff and alumni. Reid Ground Floor Corridor. 



Until 16 Dec

Ahali: a journal for setting a setting, Can Altay

The third project from our GSA staff and student call out for proposals is curated by Lesley Young, a tutor with MLitt Curatorial Practice a course hosted by GSA and The University of Glasgow. Lesley is working with Istanbul-based artist Can Altay, to stage his project ‘Ahali: a journal for setting a setting’. ‘Ahali’ is a self-initiated publishing project which began in 2007 which expands from Altay’s artistic practice and includes others. 

Organised in collaboration with MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art). Reid Gallery. 



Until 16 Dec

Line of Sight

A group show by GSA Design School staff Paul Maguire, James Houston, Kimberley O’Neill and Jen Sykes, looking at the current perceived role of technology, and what relationship humans have with its future.

The title comes from a term used in the theory of radio transmission to describe when a receiving antenna is just able to see a transmitting antenna. Reid Gallery. 



14 Jan - 23 Feb

CONFLUENCE/ KONFLUENZ Simone ten Hompel, a life with metal

A survey of a thirty five year career of German born, UK based  silversmith Simone ten Hompel. Jerwood award winning ten Hompel has worked with independent curator Amanda Game to bring together domestic objects, sculpture, images, models and photographs to trace her exceptional work as designer, maker, teacher and curator in the field of contemporary metal design. Preview: Fri 13 Jan 5-7pm. 



14 - 29 Jan

Print Print Print

This exhibition features recent work made by staff at The Glasgow School of Art who use traditional printmaking processes and techniques. Print Print Print brings together a wide variety of screenprints, etchings, lithographs, monoprints and woodcuts.Reid Ground Floor Corridor. Preview: Friday 13 January 2017, 5-7PM. 



GSA on Twitter

 @GSofA The Glasgow School of Art 

International designers to arrive in Moray to learn from region's traditions at @GSofA @InDI_GSA #WinterSchool

12 Dec

@NatGalleriesScot National Galleries Scotland 

#JoanEardley cut her teeth asan artist at @GSofA, where she was awarded a scholarship &

the Sir James Guthrie Prize

for portraiture.

4 Dec

@GSofA the Glasgow School of Art 

Now showing: Tabula Rasa at @StreetLevel_ featuring #GSAalumni Alan Knox, Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte + Frank McElhinney

3 Dec

@GSAShop GSA Shop 

Behind door number 2 - alpine inspired tree decorations by @GSofA student Isla Christie! #gifguide #advent #gifts

2 Dec

@iainreiddesign Iain Reid 

Good session this morning with @teknek staff inputting to further develop our @GSofA #Design #Innovation students project ideas. Thanks all.

1 Dec

@emmahelenreid Emma Reid 

Visited @GMRCNitshill this afternoon with the @GSofA Archives & Historical Resources postgraduate course. They're were so many things!

30 Nov

@FionaChautard Fiona Chautard 

Launching this evening! The new #inventorsoftradition book launch @PanelCurates @GSofA

30 Nov

@GSofA The Glasgow School of Art 

Alumnus develops

the VIT-S electric bike… #gsaalumni

30 Nov

@GSofA The Glasgow School of Art 

Alasdair Gray discusses 'unfinished work'… #gsaalumni

30 Nov

@_hinterland_ Hinterland 

Happy birthday to St Peter's. Today marks its 50th anniversary + new book in partnership with

@HistEnvScot @GSofA

30 Nov

@itsnicethat It's Nice That 

Glasgow School of Art type technician, Edwin Pickstone shares his fave books >

24 Nov

@libby-brooks Libby Brooks 

What a treat to see the

amazing progress of the restoration of @GSofA Mack library. Story to follow

24 Nov

@GSofAMedia GSofAMediaCentre 

@chrissharratt writes about @GSofA celebrated MFA programme on @artandeducation


22 Nov