Explore Your Archive: Discover Georgina Goldie Killin

49c9e97cdcGlasgow School of Art wants YOU to explore our archives! 

We’re taking part in this year’s National Archives Explore Your Archive archives awareness campaign, which launches on 16th November. Did you know that Glasgow School of Art’s archives are about more than just Mackintosh? There’s so much more to explore. We invite you to delve into our collections and discover some of the other artists, designers and architects who nurtured their careers at the Art School.

Alison Brown, curator of European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums, examining items from our archives

Alison Brown, curator of European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums, examining items from our archives

We have developed a series of story boxes, each one containing items chosen by one of our users, to help illustrate how various researchers, from a wide range of backgrounds (academics, creative practitioners, architects, students, exhibition curators) are using our holdings.

GSAA/P/1/1022 Georgina Goldie Killin (top row, 5th from the right), designer of the ceramic vase, with fellow GSA staff, c1920s

GSAA/P/1/1022 Georgina Goldie Killin (top row, 5th from the right), designer of the ceramic vase, with fellow GSA staff, c1920s

Ceramic vase held by Glasgow Museums and now on display as part of a revamp of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Gallery at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. The vase was designed by Georgina Goldie Killin, who was a student and later a member of staff at Glasgow School of Art. Image credit: © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Ceramic vase held by Glasgow Museums and now on display as part of a revamp of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Gallery at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. The vase was designed by Georgina Goldie Killin, who was a student and later a member of staff at Glasgow School of Art. Image credit: © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

The contents in the first box in the series have been chosen by Alison Brown, curator of European Decorative Art at Glasgow Museums. These items helped Alison in her research on the designer Georgina Goldie Killin for a new display of Glasgow Style ceramics in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Gallery at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.

One of these boxes is in Kelvingrove beside the new display and one is on the ground floor in front of the service desk at GSA Library. Drop in and open the box to take a look at just a small selection of items from Glasgow School of Art’s vast Archives and Collections. If you have a smartphone, you can even scan the QR codes to hear Alison talk about the items! 

Our archives and collections are an outstanding resource for the study of art, design, architecture and art education. They include records and artefacts which relate to the School’s activities since its foundation in 1845. The archives comprise of GSA’s institutional records, and a number of collections deposited by former staff, students and related organizations. The collections include examples of art, design and architectural work by GSA alumni and former staff, including around 300 pieces by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Who knows what you might discover…

Find out more about the Explore Your Archive campaign on the campaign website. Find out more about the new display at Kelvingrove on the Glasgow Museums website and in this article in The Herald.

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Trick or treat!

To celebrate Halloween tomorrow, feast your eyes on some spooky images from Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections photograph collections…

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative showing students in costume, early 1900s

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative showing students in costume, early 1900s

Dorothy Carleton Smyth’s 1933 costume designs for the three witches in Macbeth are particularly chilling!

NMC096/V Costume design for the 1st witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

NMC096/V Costume design for the 1st witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

NMC096/U Costume design for the 2nd witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

NMC096/U Costume design for the 2nd witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

NMC096/R Costume design for the 3rd witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

NMC096/R Costume design for the 3rd witch in Macbeth, but Dorothy Carleton Smyth, 1933

And if you’ve still not come up with a costume for tomorrow night, here are some (less creepy) ideas from students past…

GSA student in costume, early 1900s

GSA student in costume, early 1900s

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative featuring student in costume, early 1900s

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative featuring student in costume, early 1900s

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative featuring student in costume, early 1900s

Glasgow School of Art glass plate negative featuring student in costume, early 1900s

You’ll also find lots more inspirational costume designs by Dorothy Carleton Smyth from 1933  on our Flickr. Happy guising!

Opening hours this week

Please be aware that due to industrial action the Archives and Collections Centre will be closed this Thursday 31st November.

Don’t forget that Friday 1st November is a mid-term holiday so the Archives and Collections Centre will also be closed that day.

We’ll be open again on Monday 4th November, from 09.30-12.30 and from 13.45-16.45 as usual.  

The Legacy of the Glasgow Girls event this week

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As part of the 2013 Creative Mackintosh Festival, a special event titled “The Legacy of the Glasgow Girls” which takes place this Wednesday will focus on Margaret Macdonald & the Glasgow Girls, with guest speakers Alison Brown, curator of Decorative Arts at Glasgow Museums, and Robyne Calvert, Lecturer in Architectural and Design History, The Glasgow School of Art.

Alison Brown has been examining our collections recently in relation to a new display of Glasgow Style ceramics, soon to be unveiled at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

49c9e97cdcAs part of the National Archives forthcoming Explore Your Archive campaign Alison has selected the items from our collection she has found the most interesting and useful in her research. These items will form a special Explore Your Archive box which will soon be available for inquisitive users to browse in GSA Library. Another of these archive boxes will be in Kelvingrove for members of the public to explore. If you have a smartphone you’ll even be able to scan QR codes on each of the items to hear soundbites of Alison describing how she’s been using each item! More to follow on this exciting campaign soon…

The Legacy of the Glasgow Girls event is on Wed 16th October from 7pm-9pm at Glasgow City Heritage Trust, 54 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1LQ.

£5 donation, booking required (click here to email us), call us on 0141 552 1331 or join Friends of GCHT for free entry.

For more information visit the event website or the Glasgow City Heritage Trust website, or take a look at the Creative Mackintosh Festival programme.

CAST: Innovations in Concrete Exhibition featuring Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

thumb_9397_screen-shot-2013-10-04-at-17-31-06CAST: innovations in concrete , an exhibition which opens later this week at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, will explore the versatility and development of concrete. It shows how concrete has allowed designers to create complex, previously impossible, forms such as the flexible concrete diving platform at the London Olympic Aquatic Centre designed by Zaha Hadid.

Concrete is used more than any other man-made material on the planet and is perhaps thought of as a modern material but it can be found in the pyramids of Giza, was perfected by the Romans and has been continuously developed through the centuries to the point where it can be used to make everything from canoes and vanilla-scented concrete.

St Peter's Seminary, Gillespie, Kidd & Coia.

St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia

The exhibition – which takes a Scottish perspective – features the work of architect’s Gillespie, Kidd & Coia and uses images of their celebrated St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross from our archives.

The exhibition explores everything from the use of concrete use in defence, leisure and play to how it has been used to support the renewable energy sector and improving transport and communications in remote areas. It also looks at how the increased re-use and use of reclaimed materials in concrete is changing the perception of concrete in terms of its environmental sustainability. The exhibition will also give the visitor a chance to see how concrete is created and the impact it has on our culture, built environment and architecture.

A Seminar Programme examining the key themes has been designed to complement the exhibition. For information about related events and seminars visit the Architecture and Design Scotland website.

The exhibition opens on 11 October in Gallery 2, Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, and runs until 28 November 2013. For more information visit the website.

Fall Scenes Exhibition, The Glasgow Masters Series 2013

Fall Scenes, an exhibition that borrows and adapts its title from William Raban’s included film Autumn Scenes (1978), takes as its starting point the process of making indistinct the perimeters of inside and out. Taking place mostly in a former furniture showroom (a specialist in recliners) incidental objects, seasonality and the distractions and influences of daily life become actions deployed to permeate the exhibition proper.

Operating across a variety of cultural and temporal registers, the contents of the exhibition are encouraged to act upon each other, like haphazard contents of the utility closet rather than objects of innocuous purity, unperturbed by harmonious surrounds.

Fall Scenes is an expanded exhibition co-initiated by Jennifer Bailey, Allison Gibbs, Tessa Lynch and Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir that invites works by Nita Begg, Olivier Castel, Sigurður Guðmundsson, William Raban and Lili Reynaud Dewar to temporarily live alongside a selection of incidental objects and interior interventions. The project has been developed in conversation with Sarah Tripp and includes an off-site event by Brandon Cramm.

The exhibition features a poster from our collection advertising a talk held in the Mackintosh lecture theatre at Glasgow School of Art by artist John Wright in the 1980s, in which he showed and discussed colour slides of his journeys across the Sahara to Tassili.

The exhibition is open from Saturday 5 October until Sunday 13 October, 12-6pm at 134 Renfrew St, Glasgow, G3 6ST. Preview: Tonight, Fri 4 October, 6pm. Finissage: Sat 12 October, 6-9pm – Candies by Olivier Castel, performance/Talk by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, 7pm

Associated event by Brandon Cramm, 3-5pm, CCA cinema, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Fall Scenes is supported by the GSA Archives and Collections Centre, LUX Artist’s Moving Image, The Living Art Museum (Iceland), i8 Gallery (Iceland) and is presented as part of The Glasgow Masters Series 2013. Poster Design by Sophie Dyer. 

For more information visit the website.