Freshers’ Week 2018

 

Hayyyy students!

Welcome to Freshers’ 2018!

So this is obviously a sliiightly different Freshers Week, what with the Mack burning down (again lol smh) and our usual venue for all of these events gathering dust and mould behind the cordon lines on Scott Street.

We’re like, totally excited however, to bring you a programme of events being held at venues all across our fair city! From Argyle Street Arches to The Glue Factory to Kinning Park Complex, this Freshers will be a whistle stop tour of some of the spaces you’ll come to know and love as a GSA student and graduate. In the past, it has taken years for some particularly sheltered shut-ins (hey stop looking at me!) to even venture south of the Clyde, so consider this a head start.

OMG this is so exciting! You’re commencing your study at one of the world’s most prestigious art schools, although perhaps it won’t feel like that right away. For years now, the GSASA has at least been a glittering jewel amongst the slurry that is GSA’s NSS results and we’re very proud of that! If you want to attend a party, organise your own party, exhibit a selection of drawings you did at a party or even organise a talk dissecting the ethics of parties in general, get in touch! We love that shit and we have the funds and spaces to help you make your dreams a (sort of) reality!

Trust me when I say that long lasting alliances will be forged during Freshers’ Week, so go out and have fun with your flatmates, coursemates, the hottie you met in the lift in halls, ANYONE you can get your grubby lil mitts on! Now’s the time to have fun and make friends before it all gets stressful and they have to console you during your hand-in breakdowns (hehe) so carpe diem, sis!

Seriously though, please drink responsibly, sing like no one’s listening, dance like no one’s watching, eat, pray, love and if it all goes tits up, PM me babe.

Happy hunger games, bitches!

Sgàire Wood,

Events Convenor

 

Download the GSASA Guide 2018-19

Pick up a beautiful paper copy of our year-long welcome to life at GSASA, along with our Freshers’ Week pull-out, at your Academic Induction this week or at the Fair on Wednesday 12th September in the Glue Factory – but here’s a handy digital version too.

 

 

 

Find your way around with our Freshers’ Map

We’ve created a wee guide to show you all of our Freshers’ venues in one place. Look to the right to find a bit more info about each venue.

  • Directions between the nearest subway stops and venues (all within 10 mins walking distance)
  • Key GSA buildings during Freshers’ week

 

Freshers’ Week Programme

Find events and updates on Facebook and Instagram too.

 

Monday 10th

Location: Blythswood House – 200 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4DQ

 

11am – 3pm: Blythswood House stall

Pop down and see us in the foyer of Blythswood House! Pick up your copy of the GSASA Guide, and Freshers’ Week Programme as well as other goodies and find out more about the work of GSASA!

 

 

Tuesday 11th

Location: The Glue Factory – 22 Farnell St, Glasgow, G4 9SE

 

11am-12pm: GSA Yoga Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, this yoga session is cancelled. Saturday’s 11am session will go ahead as planned – hope to see you there!

A drawing of a person doing yoga

GSA Yoga society welcomes students for all levels of yoga; from beginners to expert yogis! We are running completely free yoga sessions in order for you to get a taster of what our weekly classes are like. Bring a bottle of water and a mat (if you have one!) and let your hangover melt away…

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability

12 – 2pm: Race, Rights, Sovereignty (RRS) Workshop with Mele Broomes

Twist and turn. Lengthen and strengthen. Flex and float. Whine and wave your body. Join Mele in a physical rhythmic exploration through her diasporic movement journey. Open to all. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. All that is asked is to challenge yourself personally, listen to your body and try not to compare yourself to others.

This is a public event as part of Glasgow School of Art’s ‘Race, Rights and Sovereignty’ series, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association. This series seeks to celebrate, challenge, inform and inspire the next generation of artists, designers and architects about race and empower them to have a creative voice.

2 – 5pm: Life Drawing  *FULLY BOOKED*

A drawing of a torso

A relaxed fun drawing environment suitable for all levels. Easels, boards and materials provided & model will be present.

Please email studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk by Monday 10th at 5pm to guarantee your place as numbers for this workshop are limited!

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.

7pm – 11pm: Casual Nexus

Come along for a weird array of performances seen for the very first time. Casual Nexus is a growing project bringing together creative practitioners working across different platforms. It’ll be a party creating and celebrating new collaborative performance from artists, musicians, writers & performers.

Artists include; Eothen Stearn & Lady Neptune, Estelle Fournier & MVB, Liv Fontaine, Anthony Autumn, William Joys, Harry Maberly & many more!!

Plus DJs!!!

  • Entry £3 (to cover artists costs)
  • No one will be turned away for lack of funds

 

A licensed bar will be open from noon until late serving hot drinks, beers, wine and other beverages as well as bar snacks. We will also be providing a selection of cakes and biscuits on a donation basis. All donations will go to The Lord Provosts Vulnerable Citizens Fund (Supporting the displaced residents of Garnethill).

 

 

Wednesday 12th

Location: The Glue Factory – 22 Farnell St, Glasgow, G4 9SE

 

11am – 5pm: The Fair

Come and find out more about the city – we’ve brought together stalls with some of the city’s most important charities, business and arts organisations, as well as some of the amazing Student Societies GSA has to offer! It’s a great chance to meet new folks, and find out more about life in Glasgow and at GSA. DJing provided by our very own Hill 52!

11am – 4pm: Christian Union Finger Painting

A return of a favourite Freshers’ activity! Jesus turned water into wine, now you turn hands into paint brushes!

11am – 5pm: Pop-up Glasgow Zine Library

Glasgow Zine Library is an archive and lending library to operate on the ground floor of 16 Nicholson Street in Glasgow. It acts as a growing archive of self-published works, with an inviting and accessible area of reading in the space, as well as running a year-long programme of events to celebrate the ethos of Do It Yourself (DIY) culture. Workshops, talks, screenings, and social gatherings will encourage people to read, make, do, and share.

12pm – 3pm: Queer Soc Quiet Space

Get a breather from the noise of the Freshers’ Fair, come and join us for a cuppa and learn more about our newly formed Queer Society and how you can get involved too.

7 – 9pm: Scottish Queer International Film Festival presents…

Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) presents some of our fav short films from the last 3 years of our fest. Featuring a meditation on butch-femme lesbian relationships, a colourful ode to cruising, a trans man building his own cyborg twin, and more. This programme explores identities alongside abstracts, queer issues side by side with experiments in form.

The films are in English, Swahili, Telugu, and Portuguese with English subtitles. English language films and segments are subtitled in English for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing access.

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

 

A licensed bar will be open from noon until late serving hot drinks, beers, wine and other beverages as well as bar snacks. We will also be providing a selection of cakes and biscuits on a donation basis. All donations will go to The Lord Provosts Vulnerable Citizens Fund (Supporting the displaced residents of Garnethill).

 

Thursday 13th

Location: Kinning Park Complex – 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow, G41 1BA

 

11am – 2pm: GSA Sustainability: Dr Bike

A firm favourite returns! Free bike maintenance with Glasgow’s premier bike physician. Bring your bike, and the Doctor will give it a check -up and make any minor adjustments needed to get you peddling those Glasgow streets. First come, first served!

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

11am – 1pm: Print and Sew! Hosted by Responsible Art & Design (ReAD)  *FULLY BOOKED*

In this workshop you can print and then sew a reusable bag from waste fabric. Textile Design graduate Kat Garbutt and final year student Christina Wong are hosting the workshop where you can woodblock print using eco-friendly inks and create your own reusable bag. 

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

1pm – 2pmMake a meal from the KPC garden

The KPC Garden is an urban oasis. It is for the community and maintained by volunteers and local residents. The garden is very well used and they run regular workshops and classes including bicycle maintenance and an annual grow your own vegetables course.

KPC Chef Alan has allowed us (Restaurant Manager Lauren & Head Chef David from the Vic) to take you round the garden and pick whatever is good for eating and then we’ll make a lunch together 🥗

We’ve got some spare packets of seed and window boxes to giveaway too so you can grow some of your own at home afterwards🌱

Hopefully all will take place in the garden if the weather’s nice!

4 – 4.30: Scottish Artists Union Workshop

Talk for new and returning students about the work of the Scottish Artist Union who represent the interests of artists and creatives working in Scotland, as well as providing a range of learning opportunities for people working in the creative sector. Come and find out more about the Union, as well as about the launch of their brand new Graduate Membership supporting the transition between art education and professional creative practice.

4.30 – 5pm: Artist Run Space Talk with Market Gallery

Market Gallery is an artist run space supporting the work of artists and creatives in Glasgow and Scotland. They are committed to engaging with and presenting artists’ work, and programme work throughout the year. Come and find out more about the gallery, as well as the process of working in an artist run space and working as part of an artist-led committee.

6-8pm: Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis Centre Fundraising Community Dinner 

Every Thursday KPC hosts a community meal on a pay-what-you-want basis. For Freshers’ Week, the Intersectional Feminism Society have invited Isabelle Kerr manager of GCRC along to give a short talk. Our own Art School kitchen team will be working alongside the KPC kitchen team together to prepare a delicious dinner for all. All donations go towards fundraising for Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis Centre. 

This event is supported by GSA Sustainability.

KPC are also hosting another event alongside this as part of Doors Open Day, Kinning Park: A moving history of struggle. It’s a chance to discover the history of women’s activism at Kinning Park which is where the very first women’s Co-operative in Scotland began in 1890. There will be a tour around the building at 5pm and they also have a speaker at 7.30pm, after the community meal. 

6:30pm: Herbal Unity Medicine Workshop  *FULLY BOOKED*

This event takes place at Glasgow Autonomous Space. 2 stops on the Subway, or view walking directions (26 mins). 

Herbal Unity support people who are affected by the immigration system with herbal medicine, massage, gardening and autonomous healthcare. They are aligned with Unity Centre and No Borders. During the workshop you will be making medicines for the people who use Herbal Unity, and it’s for those interested in herbs who might like to become involved in Herbal Unity. The workshop will be led by herbalist Geoff Harker.

Booking preferred: email studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk by Wednesday 12th 5pm to book your place as numbers for this workshop are limited.

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

This year we are making today a ‘dry day’ – come down for relaxed and sober activities! A range of hot drinks and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.

 

 

Friday 14th

Day time location: Glasgow Autonomous Space – 53 Kilbirnie St, Glasgow, G5 8JD

 

11am – 1pm: Intersectional Feminism Society Welcome Tea Party’

Intersectional Feminism Society invite you to join our discussion around Eastern and Western women’s culture and the roles that feminism plays in different cultures around the world. We’ll be serving a lunch afterwards (any donations to GAS). 

3pm – 6pm: Race, Rights, Sovereignty (RRS) presents Alberta Whittle 

We are the spirits who walk amongst you (sorry not sorry)

We are the spirits who walk amongst you (sorry not sorry) is a workshop looking at how we understand individualized and collective humxnity. Through engaging with truth telling as a form of truth talking, we will look at how perceptions of history can impact our ability for empathy as a radical decolonial practice. Workshop capacity is 14 people. We’ll be serving lunch before so come along early if you want (any donations to GAS).

Please email ray@theartschool.co.uk to book or for further enquiries. 

Alberta Whittle is a Committee member of Transmission Gallery and a Board Member at SCAN (Scottish Visual Arts Network). Developing interactive installations as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces, her research seeks to encourage linkages between active collective unknowing/unlearning history and memory. Alberta has shared her work in various solo and group shows, including at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (Venice), The Showroom (London), FRAMER FRAMED (Amsterdam), Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and David Dale Gallery (Glasgow), BOZAR (Brussels), RAW Material (Dakar), National Art Gallery (Nassau) and at the Apartheid Museum, Goethe On Main and Constitution Hill (Johannesburg). She will be showing at the 13th Havana Biennal, (DCA) Dundee Contemporary Art and presenting her collaborative performance-led research Right of Admission with Farieda Nazier as a retrospective exhibition at The University of Johannesburg Gallery in 2019. Alberta is the 2018 recipient of The Margaret Tait Award.

This is a public event as part of Glasgow School of Art’s ‘Race, Rights and Sovereignty’ series, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association. This series seeks to celebrate, challenge, inform and inspire the next generation of artists, designers and architects about race and empower them to have a creative voice.

3pm: Eco Food Shop / Zero Waste Trail – Hosted by Re-AD 

Join us for our eco-shopping trail if you want to reduce plastic waste in your everyday living. Our team will take you to our top places in Glasgow to shop organic, chemical-free and plastic-free.

Meet us in front of Kinning Park Complex on Friday the 14th at 3pm!

Things to bring:

  • Tote bag
  • Reusable bags if planning to shop for food
  • Your full energy!

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

6pm – 6.30pm: Introduction to GAS

Collective members from GAS will give an introduction to the activities of Glasgow Autonomous Space. It will introduce groups based at GAS that you might want to get involved with, and a great space for events, workshops and learning.

We’ll be making a lunch for the workshop participants and any donations will go to GAS.

 

Night time Location: Argyle Street Arches – 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

 

9pm – 2am: The Arch School

Like a phoenix into a temporary but well worn nest, The Art School takes flight and lands in the iconic Arches of 253 Argyle Street for one night only.

With a lineup of some of Glasgow’s most well known and respected artists and institutions, The Art School and the artists will combine for a one-off Freshers’ experience underneath the arches.

Line up:

  • Forij DJs
  • JHM + KT
  • Rubadub DJs
  • Sycophantasy
  • Vaj Power

Price: £5 Student/ £8 non-student

The entrance for this event will be 30 Midland Street.

Paper tickets will be available from all freshers venues during the week (starting Tuesday 11th).

 

The Art School Team will be running our own bar selling our usual favourites as we try and recreate a home away from home.

 

Saturday 15th

Location: Kinning Park Complex – 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow, G41 1BA

 

11am -12pm: GSA YogaA drawing of a person doing yoga

GSA Yoga society welcomes students for all levels of yoga; from beginners to expert yogis! We are running completely free yoga sessions in order for you to get a taster of what our weekly classes are like. Bring a bottle of water and a mat (if you have one!) and let your hangover melt away…

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability

12 – 2:30pm: Hand Weaving Workshop *FULLY BOOKED*

[This workshop replaces a very similar hand weaving workshop by Niamh Brannon who is unfortunately no longer able to deliver this session. We hope you enjoy this hand weaving workshop with Amy Bond!]

Discover the basics of handweaving in an exciting workshop with Amy Bond. Learn how to set up a hand frame loom as well as essential weaving techniques such as plain weave, twill, basket weave and tapestry! Create various textures and patterns using a variety of funky yarns provided during the class. Experiment with shapes and colours freely as you try out new ways of basic weaving. The workshop will be a creative space to chat, relax and learn all about all the wonders of weaving! Everything you weave is yours to take home after the session.

Please email studentengagement@theartschool.co.uk by Friday 14th 5pm to book your place as numbers for this workshop are limited.

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.

3pm – 8pm: Vegan Barbecue & Vic Crafts

A drawing of a happy person eating a pizza

We will be firing up the KPC BBQ and serving a selection of vegan goodness on a donations basis, with donations going to KPC. We’ll also be extracting some items from the Vic in the meantime and giving them a clean up ready to be redecorated by yourselves including painting new menu boards, new number spoons and decorating the bottles/flower jars. We will also be running a licensed bar from 3pm right through till late for Sgàiraoke: Freshers Week Edition.

Hopefully we will be extracting some items from the Vic 🤞 in the meantime and giving them a clean up ready to be redecorated by yourselves including painting new menu boards, new number spoons and decorating the spoon bottles & flower jars ready for another year!

 

9pm – 1am: Sgàiraoke

Come little freshers I’ll taaaake thee away, into a land of KaRaOkE EncHaNtMeNt!!!

Alas! You’ve arrived in a new city to find that your Students’ Association has been besieged by the barbaric hobgoblins Glasgow City Council Building Control! What do you do now?!

I’ll tell you what! Let pied-piper and professional attention seeker Sgàire Wood guide you with her mellifluous song to Kinning Park Complex for a night of shambolic shanties, displaced ditties and absolutely no talk of anything fire-related at all!

Drink! Sing! Dance!

 

 

A licensed bar will be open from 3pm until late serving hot drinks, beers, wine and other beverages as well as bar snacks.