The Art School United 28th May, 2014


Friday 30th May – The Art School Reopens
Friday 6th June – The Art School United (Fundraiser)

Despite the tragedy of the fire in the Mackintosh building, the heroic efforts of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and staff at the Glasgow School of Art continue to provide comfort and hope to all those affected by the fire. Their swift and courageous efforts ensured that no lives were lost during the fire, their continued efforts dealing with this difficult situation has been astounding. As more information is gathered by the recovery team working in the historic building, every effort is now being made to deal with the needs of the students affected. The Glasgow School of Art have created a blog with regular updates about the situation, a vital source of information for those concerned about the situation.

As overwhelming support from across the country continues to flood in, The Art School has remained closed as the Vice President of the GSA Students’ Association explains

“Given the frenetic first few days of the dramatic events last Friday both me and Sam De Santis [President] have been involved in the emergency response along with our GSofA colleagues. We took the decision along with the rest of the GSofA to close the Students’ Association along with the rest of the campus while the highly sensitive recovery operation took place opposite.”

Now the social centre of the School is preparing to reopen. On Friday 30th May, after the series of informative departmental talks in the afternoon, Student Engagement Officer Kirsty Hendry and Administration Officer Rebecca Edgar will be available for informal question and support sessions in Project Space 3. Offering a more individual and private opportunity for the students affected to discuss their situation and concerns.

Alex Misick and Sam De Santis, the Vice President and President, will be present to advise on any student based concerns. All feedback will be sent back to the school. The GSA Students’ Association urges all students to take this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Free drinks and buffet will be available for all Fourth Year Fine Art students in the Assembly Hall between 5-7PM.

On Friday 6th June, The Art School will be hosting the first in a series of fundraising events, all funds raised will be directly given to the students affected. As Alex Misick, the Vice President explains

“As things re-open on Friday I am focusing my efforts on a series of fundraising events that should help out the affected students on a more immediate basis. Please contact me via email ( with any ideas or ways you would like to be involved with the Students’ Association’s efforts.”