Freshers’ Programme 2019

If you’re new here then welcome to The Art School! We’re genuinely excited to welcome you to an induction to The Students Association. As a student run charity and venue you can get involved in so many ways, we always want to hear from new and returning students to help inform and shape the programme of events here. Get in touch with us to make stuff happen!

Peruse this programme and you will find a vast expanse of fresh(er) faced activities. We hope you see something you like the look of, and if not then show up to everything and surprise yourself! The Screening on Tuesday 10th will take a little look back and recap of the kind of activities that happen here at the Students Association – let’s see what you can come up with over the next few years that will make it into the showreel!

It’s going to be busy, full of tours, workshops, classes, panels, bbq, screenings, performances, DJs, fairs, socials, art, foraging, walks, and karaoke – something for everyone in an annual whirlwind of cultural activity.

The early bird catches the worm but the night owl gets to drink cheap pints and dance until 3 am, so this freshers’, be the bird who does both. Look out for each other and rest up when that inevitable freshers flu comes knocking, we’ll see you on the other side.

Until then,


(Events Convenor)

and rest of the team at GSASA.






Freshers’ Programme


Sat 7th September


7pm – 10pm: The Spook School | Farewell Tour

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Assembly Hall 

The Spook School perform in the Assembly Hall as part of their farewell tour with support from Leggy and Happy Spend. 

Further info, including tickets available here!


Monday 9th September 


11am – 3pm: GSASA Induction Stall

Location: Blyswood House, 200 W Regent Street, Glasgow G2 4DQ

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


1pm : Refuge Garnethill – Exhibition Preview

Location: Fleming House, 134 Renfrew Street

Join us for the preview of Refuge Garnethill, an exhibition exploring themes of heritage and home through photographs taken by students from St Aloysius Church’s ESOL classes, in collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art. Coming from a diverse range of countries, the students have explored what this means to them in their new home of Glasgow. Open from 1pm with coffee and cake. The exhibition continues until 13th September.


2 – 4pm: Life Drawing Workshop  – Fully booked

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Assembly Hall 


A circular, alternative life drawing workshop focussing on collective production and presentation. Accompanied by some sounds. Life model with be present and materials will be provided.

This event is now fully booked.

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.


11pm – 3am: MASS Party

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar


MASS is the Mackintosh Architecture Student Society; an organisation run by students, for students. MASS aims to provide an enhanced learning experience, raise money to support and further the students’ education, and to provide a creative social backdrop for the discussion and debate of art and architecture. Every year MASS puts on a variety of events for students of the Mack and the wider school community. 

Our first event of the year brings you a DJ set by Samson Sounds, one of Glasgow’s most popular music groups. Characterised by their uplifting stage presence they blend elements of African Highlife and Blues, Dub, UK Steppas, Kwaito and Jazz. Samson Sounds are leading the charge in Scotlands’ world dance music scene.


Tuesday 10th September  


1 – 2pm: The Vic Archive Screening 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar


An informal screening of works, events, and performances which have taken place under our roof. Come and see what kind of extracurricular things we get up to here and celebrate the past, present, and future of the Student’s Association!



3:30- 5:30: Glasgow Womens’ Library Archive Tour, hosted by Queer Soc – limited spots left! 

Location: Glasgow Womens’ Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP 
(2:30pm leaving from outside of GSA Students’ Association) 

Queer Soc invite you for a tour of the Glasgow Women’s Library! Meeting the team working behind the scenes, we’ll see materials from their archive collection and hear about their new LGBTQ Heritage Trail – a great chance to learn more about Glasgow’s queer history and see some exclusive materials. Please note travel costs will be covered.


Cost: Free – limited spots left! email to book a place.


3-5pm: Hill52 Radio Workshop Fully booked

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Assembly Hall 

Welcome all to an afternoon of sonic excursions and communal learning with GSA’s student radio station, Hill 52! Familiarise yourself with our means of broadcasting, alongside fellow freshers, and experiment with sound in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Come to gain knowledge about Hill 52’s position within the Art School, and the versatility afforded by the society. 

No previous experience required!

This event is now fully booked.


7pm – 12am: 93 n’ Boujie 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Assembly Hall

A community dinner specifically for people of colour (POC) to say you are not alone. A dinner party/performance night. We invite the freshers to meet members of the Glasgow community to show there is a place for them too. Show your love and personality.  We want to celebrate POC excellence and just a damn good time.

This event is for People of Colour (POC) only. For more information search GSA People of Colour Collective on Facebook.

Cost: Free, but booking required. To book a place visit here 


Wednesday 11th September 


2 – 4pm: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, hosted by Queer Soc 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Assembly Hall 


GSA Queer Society presents the queer classic The Adventures of, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Drag queen Anthony takes his act on the road and invites fellow Adam and Bernadette. In their bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert. Recover from the long hangover that is freshers’ together, in the Assembly Hall, and afterwards head down to the Vic Bar for a coffee/tea/pint and chat after the film.


1:30 – 4:30: Christian Union Gallery Crawl

Location: Leaving from outside of the Reid Building entrance, 164 Renfew St, G3 6RQ


Come with us and discover some fantastic galleries and exhibitions in Glasgow! Bring your friends and make new ones as we tour round the art highlights in Glasgow city centre and take in some spectacular views along the way.  Meet in front of the Reid Building, it’s completely free and all are welcome! 


7 – 8pm Garnethill Stroll

Location:  Leaving from outside the GSA Students’ Association


Come along for an evening walk around the Garnethill neighbourhood, getting to know the area that may well become your second home whilst studying at GSA. From unique architecture and motorways to community gardens and hidden gems, this walk will introduce you to the places, organisations and groups living and working in Garnethill. The walk will end at the Garnethill Community Garden with herbal tea picked fresh from the garden and cake from The Project Café. Make sure to bring a waterproof or umbrella in case it rains!


A free event! RSVP to, booking not essential.

This event is funded by GSA Community Engagement.


11pm – 3am: PUISSANCE

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar

Presented by Blairo, Lizzzzzzuuuur & TAAHLIAH

PUISSANCE is a Glasgow based, multi genre club night, created by students, taking place at The Art School. Our intention is to highlight and showcase a wide spectrum of electronic dance music, without the limitations of a traditional club setting. We are committed to the creation of an inclusive environment, prioritising marginalised folx and their experiences.

For more info visit the Facebook event here.

Cost: £5 GSA, £6 Non-GSA


Thursday 12th September  


11am – 5pm: Freshers’ Fair

Location: GSA Students’ Association


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 and Subcity!


1pm – 4pm: Christian Union Finger Painting

Location: GSA Students’ Association


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


2 – 4pm:  Mend & Repair Workshop 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Project Space 2


Want to fix that hole in your jumper?

Or sew that button that fell off?

Learn to mend and repair your clothes to extend their lifetime. For help with visible and invisible mending, button replacement, repairing moth holes, rips, frays, denim wear through, split seams, loose hems, etc.


Cost: Free – email to book a place as numbers for this workshop are limited!

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.




4-8 pm: Pizza Crawl, hosted by Pizza Society – Fully booked!

Location: Leaving from outside of the GSA Students’ Association


Love pizza? Want to make new friends whilst checking out the best pizza joints in Glasgow? GSA Pizza Society has the perfect adventure: the Pizza Crawl. Like a pub crawl, we will sample pizza instead of pints in 5 different locations. Meet us at the freshers’ fair, check our Facebook page ‘GSA Pizza Society’ and click here to book a space.

This event is fully booked! Meet Pizza Soc at the Freshers’ Fair to find out what they’re doing next.


6:30pm: /other Architecture mixer 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar 


Meet and greet hosted by /other – the POC collective at the School of Architecture. An opportunity to learn about our project regarding race & decolonisation issues within our education system, in hopes of creating an emancipatory space for inclusivity.

/other is a research and design project by GSA People of Colour Collective profiling people of colour working in Architecture. Through interviews and exhibiting pieces of work, /other aims to deconstruct prevailing systems, highlighting common struggles and misconceptions of people of colour and giving them a platform to voice their opinions and experiences.


Cost: Free, no booking required!

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.


9pm – 1am: Sgàiraoke: The Maiden Voyage

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar


Ahoy hoy Freshers, all aboard the good ship Art School! Heed the siren call of lily-livered Captain Sgàire Wood and her special guests as you set sail on an inaugural drag karaoke adventure at the Vic Bar.
What better way to break the sea-ice than belting out a shanty with your new crew? There may even be free grog in it for you. Arghhh!

Cost: Free!



Friday 13th September  


11am – 2pm: GSA Sustainability presents Dr Bike 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, Foyer


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


2 – 4pm: Foraging Walk with Green Hollows – Fully booked

Location: Leaving from outside of the GSA Students’ Association 

Led by Mark from Green Hollows you will set off from The Art School and head down to the Canal to explore what greens, herbs, berries can be found. The route is wheelchair accessible and is suited to anyone who is interested in getting to know the green spaces in their urban area.

This event is now fully booked.

This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.





4-7pm:  Coils 

Presented by GSASA Summer Residency recipients Soojin Chang & Alfie Strong 
Location: GSA Students’ Association, Assembly Hall 


A world where only spirits and sound remain, sifting through and speaking nearby the undigested remnants of cultural landscapes that were buried below the surface, forming networks of communication between the living and dying. 

Coils is a durational sound performance embedded in a collaborative visual installation by Soojin Chang and Alfie Strong produced in Glasgow, Ratanakiri, and Phnom Penh this summer. Live sound in collaboration with Jack Everett.


11pm – 3am: SUPERST!T!OUS

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar & Assembly Hall 


It may be Friday 13th but it’s looking like your lucky day! Medicate your triskaidekaphobia at The Art School with our Freshers celebration!

Chinese born, Berlin based DJ and producer 🐾 RUI HO 🐾 will be making her Glasgow debut, having recently released her second EP on Objects Ltd. in the midst of an EU tour. Her esteemed DJ sets are refreshing and experimental, pushing and pulling the boundaries and expectations of dance floor soundtracks.

Spanning a wide range of club genres, she will be joined by local talent:
😈 皚桐
🍀 AKUMU 悪夢

We are excited to host this lineup of provoking DJs who continue to resonate with the ethos and politics of our venue. Expect to hear a spectrum of sounds but more importantly, expect the unexpected. Immerse yourself in ferocious alternative visuals provided by GSA students across three floors – come and get SUPERST!T!OUS with us!

For more info visit the Facebook event here. Tickets available here!

Price: £6 GSA/£8 Non-GSA

Sponsored by The List and Glen’s Vodka


Saturday 14th September 


12 – 4pm:  BBQ in Garnethill Park w/ FROGGS (Friends of Garnethill Green Spaces)

Location: Garnethill Park


FROGGS will be running their Bread Oven in Garnethill Park, dishing out pizzas and other goodies. Come along to eat some treats in the park and get to know the activities of FROGGS and the wider Garnethill community. 


This event is funded by GSA Sustainability.


3 – 5pm:  Eco Shopping / Zero Waste Trail, Hosted by Re-AD 

Location: Leaving from Garnethill Park (meet near the bread oven) 


Join the Responsive Art and Design (Re-AD) society in their eco-shopping trail around Glasgow where you’ll be able to explore sustainable and organic shopping alternatives to accommodate your student living. Make sure to bring your GSASA tote bag and a waterproof jacket for the reliable Scottish weather! The trail includes the use of the subway, and travel expenses will be provided. 


Cost: Free – email to book a place as numbers for this workshop are limited!

This event is funded through GSA Sustainability.


9pm – 3am: It’s too hot to sleep 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar 


Two thirds of resident It’s Too Hot To Sleep crew DJ amy and boosterhooch return on the 14th after (an attempt at) a hot girl summer hiatus, joined by Glasgow’s favourite techno goths – Loose Joints’ Dilly Joints and Southside Solidarity’s KCA.

Ps. Shout out to Rosehips continuing the hot girl summer mission on Venice beach or something

For more info visit the Facebook event here.


£0 from 9pm if you want an early one (or a 6 hour one)

£5 from 11pm


Monday 16th September


1pm – 4pm: Queer Soc City Tour

Location: Leaving from outside of GSA Students’ Association


Join Queer Soc for an insight into each queer corner of Glasgow, in a couple of hours we’ll walk round the city and visit bookstores, cafes and clubs that are good spots to know to make settling into Glasgow a little easier. Queer Soc look forward to having a chat and seeing the sights with you! Feel free to come join the tour as you please.

Cost: Free!



Tuesday 17th September


2 – 3:30pm: Introduction to The Art School & The SRC, Raising Social and Political Awareness in the Student Body. 

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Assembly Hall 


Come along to learn about the GSA Students’ Association, The SRC (Student Representative Council) Committees, and how some of the key decisions around what happens at The Art School are made;  as well as opportunities that are available to you.

Our SRC Committees are a great way to represent yourself as a GSA Student, to be heard and to help guide the activities of the Students’ Association. Our three committees include the Societies Committee, Programming Committee and Funding Committee. These SRC Committees offer students opportunities to get involved in decision making, but also offer students great professional practice skills such as distributing funding, programming and representation. During the intro we’ll also share information about the Student Initiated Project Funding, funding for Student Fundraisers and our Project Spaces that GSA students can apply for. 

Join us for a series of short talks and activities facilitated by activists and staff to pinpoint discussions around various socio-political topics. Offering practical advise about how to use resources from the SRC to promote activism within the student body. 


Wednesday 18th September


11pm – 3am: Subcity Radio’s Ecotopia

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar, Assembly Hall & Project Space 1


Freshers can be an uncertain time in an unknown place. If the prospect of following the crowd as they stumble from student bar to student club doesn’t pique your curiosity, Glasgow’s finest community freeform station have created an alternative rebirthing for your new journey at uni. On Wednesday 18th September, your fabled Art School will be transformed into Subcity Radio’s Ecotopia. Each of the three rooms will have its own unique DJs and production, with something for everyone — from the luscious natural reverberations of the Vic Bar, the throbbing hum of the Assembly Hall’s mainframe upstairs, to the weird and wonderful possibilities of the Project Space at the top of the building!

Further info here!

Cost: £5 OTD


Thursday 19th September


5-8pm: VJ workshop with VAJ.Power

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Assembly Hall 


VAJ.Power VJ (Visual Jockey) workshops encompass the basics of creating real-time visuals for live and DJ sets. Using audio-reactive techniques, we will show our workflow in preparing a ready-to-use file to create an AV performance. No prior knowledge needed! All equipment will be provided, but if you’d like to follow the steps on your own laptop you are welcome to. Everyone is welcome to bring any existing footage, animations or photographs.


Disclaimer: Unfortunately, the software we are going to use (Vidvox VDMX5) is only available for macOS.

Holly (they/them) and Sofya (she/her) are a VJ, DJ and promoter duo based between Glasgow and Prague. VAJ.Power started in early 2016 when the pair were GSA students, from the mutual love for both music and visual art, which led them to pursue VJ practice, but it was inevitable they would also end up behind the decks. Featured as one of the artists to look out for by Mixmag, as well as given the platform at Mixmag Impact series, they love to create an immersive experience musically and visually. Their night FUSE and the booking agency of the same name aims to bring together visual artists, musicians and DJs, to collaborate and create audio-visual performances. VAJ.Power are hosts of DJ / VJ / 3D animation workshops that allow people to start their own AV practice.


The workshop runs for an hour with three different slots to choose from, starting at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm. Email to book a place as numbers for this workshop are limited!

Cost: Free



Friday 20th September


11pm – 3am: FUSE w/ Sherelle, M.I.C & G140

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Vic Bar


GSASA’s Freshers Programme also marks the start of this FUSE season with THIS AMAZING LINE-UP!

London’s finest, Sherelle and M.I.C will bless the decks and the mic respectively, this one is not to be missed. We’ve absolutely fallen in love with the set they did together at London’s Keep Hush, – expect 160 footwork/jungle & d’n’b vibes !

On support is G140, – freshly created DJ collective playing grime, R’n’G, uk funky, ukg and everything in between. 


FUSE is an Audio/Visual night focusing on such genres as grime, deep dubstep & leftfield bass, created by DJ/promoter and booking agent duo VAJ.Power. Visuals on the night will be include works made by current GSA students.

FUSE is a space prioritising those who identify as womxn, non-binary and queer identifying persons. Allies are welcome!

FUSE operates a safe(r) space policy. 

Cost: ADV£5 / OTD £6 GSA | £7 Non-GSA

More info here! Get your advance tickets here !


Saturday 21st September


3pm-7pm: Community Meal with Ubuntu Women Shelter*

Location: GSA Students’ Association, The Assembly Hall 


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.

The 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 work from our new location at The David Dale Building, 159 Broad St. 

Ubuntu’s 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’s work is witnessing their humanity.

*Please note that this is a ALL women only (trans & non-binary inclusive) event. 


Illustrations by:

Edith Ault  @edithault

Verity Pease @garden_pease