Edinburgh hosts Mackintosh fire students

Glasgow School of Art students who were displaced by the Mackintosh Building fire have been awarded special bursaries to continue their study at Edinburgh College of Art.

Three artists will attend ECA as part of the Phoenix Bursary programme. The students are among 100 who have been enabled to go to 21 art schools around the world, from Mongolia to Massachusetts.

ECA will provide studio space and academic support for the artists.

Like everyone in Scotland and beyond, we were dismayed at the effects of the fire at the Mackintosh building, its impact on students and staff and the fabric of an iconic landmark. As Glasgow School of Art rebuilds we are pleased to host three of their students and help them develop a portfolio of work. We look forward to supporting everyone in Glasgow School of Art as they plan for an exciting future.

Professor Chris BrewardEdinburgh College of Art Principal

Coming together

Almost half of the artists elected to stay in Glasgow with the rest studying in institutions in Europe, North America and as far afield as Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Singapore.

We have been bowled over by the support that we have received from the academic community since the fire. The generosity of our sister schools within the UK and overseas is enabling these talented artists to have the vital studio space and the time to make new work.

Professor Tom InnsDirector of The Glasgow School of Art

Continuing practice

The bursaries were established by The Glasgow School of Art in the immediate aftermath of the fire and will ensure that all the affected artists are able to develop their practice and create a new body of work.

The programme has been supported by a £750,000 grant from the Scottish Government.

The Scottish Government was keen to assist final year students, and it is fantastic to see new works in progress in the studio spaces facilitated by the Phoenix Bursaries scheme. Incredibly heartening too has been the response from institutions around the globe, in opening up their doors to welcome graduates from Glasgow School of Art.

Fiona Hyslop MSPCabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs