A Festival of Museums – ‘Words and Deeds: An Evening with Artists Hugh Buchanan’

Coming soon to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow an evening with Hugh Buchanan ‘Words and Deeds’. Hugh Buchanan is an artist that has worked on commissions for the House of Commons, National Trust and Prince of Wales and is coming to Glasgow as part of the Festival of Museums to discuss his interest in these institutions, their contents and how they can influence his work. Bring along your sketchbooks or simply go and enjoy the art collections avaiable at the College.

Words and Deeds

Words and Deeds

The Festival of Museums is a three day annual occassion that allows people to explore the different museums and galleries of Scotland through unique events. Starting on the 16th May and finishing on the 18th, this festival features over 90 events including exhibitions, performances and workshops for the entire family that give a unique look at the collections of Glasgow. For more information please click here.

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An ‘Uneasy Balance’.

Now that the Reid Building has opened, architects, and the public alike, will finally get a chance to look inside the building and see whether or not this space works as an art school. At the recent screening of ‘Facing Up to Mackintosh’ a discussion between Stuart MacDonald and David Reid highlighted the need to examine the interior of the building and its merits alongisde that of the exterior (seek out #artscreen on twitter for some of the comments reflecting the reception of this event and documentary).

Outside The Reid and The Mackintosh Building on opening day.

Outside The Reid and The Mackintosh Building on opening day

Even before its completion The Reid Building had succeeded in sparking a lively discussion around its merits and potential detractors, a discussion that is likely to continue as it settles into its new home.

One of the 'Driven Void' columns inside The Reid Building.

One of the ‘Driven Void’ columns inside The Reid Building.

The GSA’s own Johnny Rodger and Christopher Platt have added to this debate with their published articles in ‘Uneasy Balance’, and ‘Putting Hall and Mackintosh in multi-perspective: the new building at the Glasgow School of Art’ in the Architectural Research Quarterly Journal, by Johnny Rodgers.

'Uneasy Balance' Front Cover

‘Uneasy Balance’ Front Cover

This book contains four essays in total and an interview with Steven holl discussing the design concept and some of his working practices. Included are some specially commissioned photographs as well as sketches and drawings that can only help enhance an understanding of the process behind this buildings creation. This book is available from the GSA Mackintosh Building Shop for £15, and is now available in the GSA library for perusal for anyone wishing to investigate the creative process and intial reception of this space.

Second floor of The Reid Building

Second floor of The Reid Building

The Reid Building has Landed

This Wednesday the Reid Building officially joined the GSA campus with much celebration and fanfare. Built over the course of two years the construction has been watched with much anticipation.

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Now that it is complete it presents the Mackintosh Building in sharp relief and sits proudly on top of Garnethill, providing excellent views of its neighbour and the surrounding city.

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The Reid Building and The Mackintosh Building

Here in the archive a camera has been watching the progress of the building using time-lapse photography as part of the upcoming documentary, ‘Facing Up to Mackintosh’. Screening this Sunday 13th at the GFT as part of the Art Screen Festival, this documentary charts the challenge of designing a building to sit opposite the Mackintosh.

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Image: Art Screen poster, BBC

Featuring conversations with the architect Steven Holl and notable artists from the GSA alumni Ross Sinclair and Martin Boyce, the process of constructing The Reid, and some of the responses to this building will be examined.