Following a fire that destroyed the library at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), ninety GSA students presented their new work in the school’s Reid Building. The Phoenix Bursary exhibition is a culmination of a six-month program that is funded by the Scottish government, which provides students whose work was destroyed with living expenses, 15 weeks of studio time at a global studio of their choice, and $1,560 for materials.
Approximately half of the students stayed in Glasgow to work on recreating their art, while the other half traveled to 21 institutions in 15 global cities. Some students also chose to create new works of art that referenced the devastating fire, while others recreated their original art pieces.
The art pieces in the exhibition included paintings, video and multi-media installations, sculptures, interactive models, and photography.
“The program has really helped support them to get back into their work. It would have been terrible if what happened last year had damaged this pool of creative talent,” said Professor Tom Inns, director at GSA.
Earlier this year, the school selected Scotland–based practice Page/Park Architects to restore GSA, the landmark building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.