The GSA Students’ Association (The Art School) is a creative space, club and live music venue. An 800 capacity building arranged over to floors with three project spaces, a downstairs, 300 capacity, cafe bar restaurant refereed to as The Vic and a large 500 capacity upstairs space known as The Assembly Hall with touring standard Audio-Visual facilities
Many of Scotland’s best known bands, producers, DJs and contemporary artists have their roots in The Art School, and the venue has developed an international reputation in its own right over the last 30 years.
The operation of the Students’ Association is overseen by the SRC council and sabbatical officers elected by the student body – The Art School LTD trades as a direct subsidiary to the Students’ Association and is run by a board of directors including the sabbatical officers.
The GSA Students’ Association is a charitable organisation, no.SC044061, whose commercial proceeds (generated via The Art School LTD) are invested in the running of student orientated events, upkeep of the association and the funding of student initiated projects.
The GSA Student’s Association occupies the grade C listed Assembly Building opposite the world renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh building on Renfrew Street. Completed in 1930 by John Keppie and Henderson in a Modern Beaux-Arts style it was retained but significantly altered as part of the 2013 campus redevelopment of the neighbouring GSA buildings on the same block by American architect Steven Holl.
Since it’s construction as the GSA Assembly Hall it has historically been used as a social and event space, which archival photographs of wartime balls clearly evidence. After a short stint as architecture studios it was retained during the 70s campus redevelopment and construction of the adjacent Newberry tower (now demolished) and turned over to the GSA Students’ Association in the same decade.
During 1976 as part of a student project the Vic Café was fitted downstairs from the Assembly Hall from the remnants of a 1930s café on Victoria Road in the Southside of Glasgow. From this period it developed into the internationally renowned venue and events space it is known as today.
Notable bands such as Orange Juice and The Clash were acts to have played in the venue amongst many others. The venue played a pivotal role in facilitating the emergence of electronic music within the city from the late 80s, which continues to this day as part of the multi-faceted program we offer.
Please visit the GSA Students’ Association Flickr archive photo-stream for more historical images