Statement from The Art School / GSASA5th November, 2019

GSASA Ltd (also known as The Art School), the commercial arm of the charitable GSA Students’ Association (GSASA SCIO), has been reviewing its financial position to achieve long-term financial viability. The Ltd Company is a trading subsidiary of our Charity, and is intended to be a source of income generation for the Charity.

Over a number of years GSASA SCIO has relied on financial support to continue providing resource to meet its charitable objectives through the trading of GSASA Ltd., a position that is no longer viable.  GSASA SCIO and GSASA Ltd need to resolve this and are proposing to restructure the GSASA Ltd. over the coming months.  It is essential that this opportunity is taken to fix the structural issues of GSASA Ltd. to ensure that all employees of GSASA Ltd. and GSASA SCIO are provided with stable working conditions, appropriate support and guidance.

For these reasons GSASA Ltd. will be reducing trading (provision of a limited food offering, teas and coffees) for a short period until the New Year in order to reflect, regroup and develop a more sustainable business model. This decision has not been taken lightly.  All alternative avenues were considered extensively before this decision was made. GSASA Ltd. will not be able to guarantee any hours to its staff until the process is complete. Affected staff will receive goodwill ex-gratia payment of one weeks pay.

We want to clarify that the Assembly Building will remain open to students throughout this period – this is your space and we are doing everything we can to facilitate student activity in this period. The GSA Students’ Association’s (GSASA SCIO) student engagement and representational activities and resources will remain available to students during this period in the Assembly Building. Student initiated Project Funding, Project Spaces, the SRC, Societies etc. will still remain active. This reduction in operations is related only to the commercial offering (food, drink, venue) of the commercial arm (GSASA Ltd), and we will still be able to offer food and non alcoholic drinks to students.

GSASA Ltd. (The Art School), which is the public ‘persona’ of the Students’ Association (GSASA SCIO), has had a long and historic link to Glasgow as an arts bar, club and music venue. Its status as such a venue has been an enormous benefit to its membership over the years, and indeed the wider public. We recognise that this programme promotes inclusivity, platforming underrepresented groups and contributes to GSA and GSASA’s ability to foster an environment where all forms of creativity are possible. It is an important part of the student community, and we want it to be a strong and sustainable operation that supports the interests and activities of our student body. Action is now required to strike a balance between prioritising student access to the space and student led events, whilst maintaining GSASA’s cultural significance within Scotland.

Structural changes will establish more stable foundations for the organisation going forward, and GSA students will be at the core of developing and delivering the vision of GSASA Ltd. moving forward. We will be working with the SRC and the wider student community to facilitate discussions about The Vic, The Assembly Building and what students want from their trading company. GSASA SCIO has secured interim financial support to ensure financial security of the organisation and its trading subsidiary (GSASA Ltd.) during this period of reduced commercial activity and restructure.

GSA Students’ Association is committed to creating, in consultation with students, a financially viable commercial operation which reflects contemporary desires of the current and future student body. This operation should produce profits that will directly benefit the student experience, creating funds to support creative engagement projects, campaigns and other extra-curricular activities.

We understand that students will have questions about what is happening. As such, GSASA Student President will have a Question and Answer session for students on Thursday the 7th of November in the Assembly Hall. Please remember to bring your matriculation card. And please keep an eye on your student emails for more details!

Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and engagement during this period, we will keep you as up to date and informed as possible.

The Vic Cafe’s current operating hours are between 10am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. Student led activities in the Assembly Hall and the Project Spaces will also continue within and outside these hours Monday – Friday.

Assembly Hall(oween) Update29th October, 2019

It is with great regret that GSA Students’ Association has decided to cancel Assembly Hall(oween) – a GSASA Fundraiser on Thursday 31st October. After seeking independent advice we have concluded that there is potential risk to public safety within the remit of our duty of care to staff, students, guests, and members of the public. Under these circumstances, we do not believe that it would be appropriate to allow the Halloween party to go ahead.

We would like to reassure you that all ticket holders that will be fully refunded.

Assembly Hall(oween)16th October, 2019

We’ve recently announced this year’s Halloween party, a fundraiser for GSASA and featuring KABLAM, Bake, SKROT CENTRALEN, Taxidermy Cab, boil the rice Collective, and Nadmiar. You can buy tickets here and the poster and more info are below!

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Make like the grim raver and get down to the Assembly Hall(oween) for a lil’ locopotion. We’ve concocted an elixir of acts for those of you who are 2 ghoul 4 school…

Our ingredients:
KABLAM (DJ) + producer swooping in (🧹) from Sweden to add some 🔥🔥 to the brew for her Glasgow debut

Bake All Caps (DJ) an addition from beyond the veil – last seen at The Art School in July 2017

SKROT CENTRALEN (live) alive and kicking

Taxidermy Cab (live) our student sacrifice

boil the rice Collective (audio and/or visual performance) vital gelling agent

Nadmiar (project space installation & performances) a pinch of salt

50 £3 (!!) tickets OTD from 10pm
£7 GSA / £9 non-GSA

– Fancy dress actively encouraged. Staff reserve the right to turn you away if your costume is deemed inappropriate or offensive to others – just be nice.

– A fundraiser for GSA Students’ Association registered Scottish Charity no. SCO44061
Providing something a lil different, a bit of lots of things. All profits go directly to supporting student extra curricular activity.

– 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: info@theartschool.co.uk

*Freshers’ Programme 2019!*29th August, 2019

Our Freshers’ Programme for 2019 is now live! It features walks, workshops, club nights and much more! Events run from Saturday 7th September until Saturday 21st September 2019. Click here for the full details!

Post-Grad Degree Show Afterparty22nd August, 2019

Against all odds…a FREE PARTY!

This Friday 23rd August, 11pm – 3am in The Vic Bar! 

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Gnocchi house pioneer and Subcity radio God Boosterhooch joins DJ Ductape ( Queens Of The Neighbourhood / CHAMP ) who’s up from Bristol to mash up the sonic-spuds and serve out bygone futurism with a side of flesh, flame and phlegm!


✨All in celebration of our favourite graduate class of 2019✨
Facebook Event here!

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.