We’re Hiring!13th August, 2019

The Art School is now accepting applications for the role of Programme Coordinator! The post-holder will be responsible for the maintenance of a commercially viable arts and music programme, and the implementation of appropriate communication strategies.

Click here for further info

Coming Up: Community Meal!7th August, 2019

Saturday 10th August, The Assembly Hall, 4pm – 7pm

Our next community meal with Ubuntu Women Shelter will celebrate the women supported by SCOT-PEP, who are dedicated to the promotion of sex worker’s rights, safety and health.

SCOT-PEP will be taking over the open mic and there will be a screening of Workers by Petra Bauers and SCOT-PEP. The film is a collaborative project filmed in the Scottish Trade Union Congress, a building rooted in workers’ struggles for rights and political representation. During their one day occupation of this institution, conversations unfold that centre the voices of sex workers demanding to be seen as experts on their own labour and lives.

Workers, film still

This community meal will feature a vegan menu, and as always it’s free or pay what you can!

This event is for women only (trans and non-binary inclusive). Further information is available via the Facebook event here.

A look back at Dress Rehearsal7th August, 2019

Dress Rehearsal was a two week programme of events that ran at The Art School from May 31st 2019 until June 14th 2019. The events ranged from club nights and workshops, to walks and artist talks with the aim of providing a range of activities in celebration of graduating students at GSA, as well as their peers and our wider communities and the public.

The programme featured contributions from and activities with a range of organisations and individuals including Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Therapets, Hardeep Pandhal, Rachel Jones, Juliet Jacques, Glasgow Women’s Library, LSDXOXO, Ubuntu Women’s Shelter, Apostille, JHM, Scottish Artists’ Union and many more.

Dress Rehearsal was launched with a Cabaret and our annual Degree Show Afterparty with a lineup of local and international DJs and performers including: Boosterhooch, SHYGIRL, Xoey 5.0, Tamyra, Plantainchipps, Bonvaventure, DJ Scotia, Loraine James and Junglehussi!

Check out documentation of some of the programme below!

Artist Rachel Jones delivers a talk in The Vic Bar.
Writer and Filmmaker Juliet Jacques’ Alternative Commencement Speech

The full programme of events that took place can be viewed here.

Announcement:10th May, 2019

2 WEEK PROGRAMME OF EVENTS TO LAUNCH W/ DEGREE SHOW AFTERPARTY!

Get all the details here!

Interview w/ Goro23rd April, 2019

Ahead of FUSE next Friday, Dora (modular musician, also known as širokko), caught up with Goro, Berlin-based Bulgarian producer and DJ, who’ll be making his Glasgow debut at The Art School.

Hi! before we start the questions could you please introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Goro, originally from Bulgaria and currently living in Berlin 🙂

You use a lot of folklore sound from bulgaria, your home country. What is the intention/inspiration behind using such a specific musical genre within club music?

Well there’s a lot of reasons really.. Ultimately it’s just what makes the most sense. I was always interested in whatever sounds new so this is what I wanted to do with my music too. There aren’t many people from Bulgaria or the Balkans doing that kind of music. I’ve found that it’s not really possible to come up with a “new sound” out of nowhere. You always follow up on SOMETHING(s). The most authentic way to do it would be to follow up on your own culture and put it in a contemporary context. Just look at any new genre or style and you will see that this is what those people have done. So these are some of the reasons.

On your soundcloud bio it says “counterbalancing westernisation with easternisaiton”. I feel like in the past few years the idea of eastern european identity and pride have become more prevalent. Would you say there is any one thing that the west could learn from us [eastern europeans]?

I mean I love this question, but it’s another one that would take too long to answer fully. Maybe that’s why it’s in my soundcloud bio – perhaps I want to raise this question with my whole career? haha

Yes, here are too many things to learn and I hope talking about all this is just starting. It’s usually that some countries have money, and others have rich cultural heritage. I just want to focus on the positivity in this for now but a lot of Eastern European culture is even to this moment taken out of context, and used in art, fashion, etc. in a way that looks down upon its’ entirety, which is not cool, but it’s also welcome, because it means now it’s our turn to use it for our own benefit and present something authentic that comes from this area and empower others to do it.

Goro’s exclusive mix for FUSE

FUSE is a clubnight that puts a lot of weight on politics and inclusivity, what are your feelings about politics in the club scene? What differences do you feel between the UK and Berlin club scene in terms of clubbing (both political and not)?

If you think about it, one of the main purposes of art in itself (in whatever form), is to comment in a bold way on current situations of society and be a political statement. Look at any movement in art – it’s always been a way to counterbalance things and express a political position. But then again, it’s not always necessary. Some artists just want to make you focus on yourself and what’s going on inside you with their music. And that’s fine. That’s important too. It’s just good to know what you want to do. I want to do both. This is gonna be my first time coming to the UK since a few years, so I can’t say that I feel like I have a clear impression of it. Also never been in Glasgow, so I wouldn’t know how it is there, but I’m looking forward to find out!

Last question. Excited for the night?

OMG yesssss so excited !! It’s also gonna be my first time seeing my friend Catnapp perform, so I’m looking forward to that too as I know she’s always killing it!

FUSE w/ Catnapp, Goro, Akumu悪夢 & Princess Kyoto is this Friday 26th April, 11pm – 3am.

Adv Tix available now.

Sabbatical Election 2019: Campaigning begins!19th April, 2019

Campaigning has begun and continues until Election Day on the 2nd May 2019 in the Students’ Association.

Keep an eye out on Canvas and Facebook as candidates are announced!

If you’re interested in running, take a look through the role descriptions, come pick up a nomination pack and start writing your manifesto – nomination forms will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday 25th April.

Come and talk to the Student Engagement Coordinators in the Students’ Association or email studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk with any questions.

Drag Brunch @ The Vic Bar16th April, 2019

The always delightful Sgàire Wood hosts the daytime drag show offering delectable performances and delicious deals on a bi-monthly basis in The Vic Bar. Launched in November 2018, Drag Brunch continues to exercises its right to identify as neither breakfast nor lunch!

BTS @ Drag Brunch, performer PUKE photographed by Matthew Arthur Williams
BTS @ Drag Brunch, performers SHREK 666 and PUKE
BTS @ Drag Brunch, performer Ratty ByeBye

In advance of the third edition , we look back to February’s LGBT History Month special which was a partnership with Queer Times School at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. All photographs by Matthew Arthur Williams.

Hostess Sgàire Wood, Drag Brunch 23/02/19
Performer PUKE at Drag Brunch 23/02/19
Performer Ratty Byebye, Drag Brunch, 23/02/19
Performer Shrek 666, Drag Brunch, 23/02/19
Performer Puke, Drag Brunch, 23/02/19

The next Drag Brunch is on Saturday April 27th and features performances from Frans Gender and Jamie Crewe! Further info here.

* Brunch and a cocktail/mocktail for only £5! *

* Selected cocktails/mocktails for £2.50! *

Hostess and performer Sgàire Wood at Drag Brunch with a light snack, 23/02/19

All photographs courtesy the inimitable Matthew Arthur Williams!!!

GSA Mountaineering trip to El Chorro15th April, 2019

GSA Mountaineering is a GSASA society for GSA students who wish to be part of a social group that climb, walk, hike, scramble, camp and generally enjoy being in the great outdoors!

Over spring break, the group went on their first international expedition, a climbing trip to El Chorro, Malaga in Spain. Check out the video from their time below!

Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about GSA Mountaineering and how to get involved!

Monthly Community Meal at The Art School w/ Ubuntu Women Shelter8th April, 2019

Please join us for the Monthly Community Meal at The Art School with Ubuntu Women Shelter*

Our next meal is:
Wednesday April 10th 4-7pm
Assembly Hall
The Art School
20 Scott St. G3 6RJ
*Please note that this is a women only (trans & non-binary inclusive) event.

Come along to share a meal and learn about ways you can support Ubuntu Women Shelter or be supported by them. The food will be served at 4pm, first come first served! Meals are FREE or pay what you can. All donations will go to Ubuntu Women Shelter.

This community meal is a collaboration between the Ubuntu Women Shelter and The Art School. This event is part of Ubuntu outreach into the community. Ubuntu Women Shelter is set up to meet the emergency and short term accommodation needs of destitute women (trans and non- binary inclusive) with no recourse to public funds. We currently ensure women can be safely hosted across the city and are working to acquiring our own dedicated building to meet this need. Ubuntu work is reparations work. The needs of the women we support have been overlooked by systemic erasure. Their destitution is normalised. We believe this is one legacy of the unacknowledged historical violence of colonisation. Ubuntu work is witnessing their humanity.

Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Image credit: Michael Thompson “Freestylee”

The meals show our commitment to a world with no borders. The theme of this meal is the incredible life of Queen Nanny of the Maroons . We will be cooking Jamaican (Caribbean) recipes, and there will be an open mic for us to share our stories and reach across borders to envision a kinder more humane world.

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Travel expenses and child care can be provided

The Art School is a fully accessible space with a lift and WC for wheelchair users. If you have any questions about accessibility or the event please contact: communitymeal@theartschool.co.uk

Community Meal at The Art School w/ Ubuntu Women Shelter7th March, 2019

Please join us for the first Community Meal at The Art School with Ubuntu Women Shelter, and in celebration of International Women’s Day*!

Saturday March 9th 5-8pm
Assembly HallThe Art School 
20 Scott St. G3 6RJ
*Please note that this is a women only (trans & non-binary inclusive) event.

This community meal is a collaboration between the Ubuntu Women Shelter and The Art School. This event is part of Ubuntu outreach into the community. Ubuntu Women Shelter is set up to meet the emergency and short term accommodation needs of destitute women (trans and non- binary inclusive) with no recourse to public funds. We currently ensure women can be safely hosted across the city and are working to acquiring our own dedicated building to meet this need. Ubuntu work is reparations work. The needs of the women we support have been overlooked by systemic erasure. Their destitution is normalised. We believe this is one legacy of the unacknowledged historical violence of colonisation. Ubuntu work is witnessing their humanity.

Maya Angelou, Image credit: Unknown

This initiative is launched to coincide with International Women’s day to show our commitment to a world with no borders. The theme of this launch event is the work and obsessions of Maya Angelou. We will cook her recipes, showcase her work and have an open mic for us to share our stories and reach across borders to envision a kinder more humane world.

Come along to share a meal and learn about ways you can support Ubuntu Women Shelter or be supported by them. The food will be served at 5pm, first come first served! Meals are FREE or pay what you can. All donations will go to Ubuntu Women Shelter.

Wonderful poster designed by Karin Tok.

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Travel expenses and child care can be provided.

The Art School is a fully accessible space with a lift and WC for wheelchair users. If you have any questions about accessibility or the event please contact: communitymeal@theartschool.co.uk

Other events taking place at The Art School as part of International Women’s Day include an exhibition organised by GSA Intersectional Feminism Society, previews Friday 8th March, and a Ladies Night special of Sgàiraoke!