Calling all Russian speakers!

The catalogue for the Mackintosh exhibition, The Kremlin Museum

The catalogue for the Mackintosh exhibition, The Kremlin Museum

Glasgow School of Art’s curator Peter Trowles, or Питер Троулес, as he is known in Russian, has recently returned from a trip to Moscow where he gave a lecture on the architecture of Mackintosh’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, as part of an international Mackintosh exhibition at The Kremlin Museum. Crucially, this was first time Mackintosh’s work has been seen in Moscow since 1903. The exhibition included works loaned from around the world, including many from Glasgow Museums. Sadly as a result of the fire that occurred in the Mackintosh Building earlier this year we were no longer able to loan works to this exhibition as planned, however Peter was still able to visit the exhibition, which has also seen the publication of a beautiful catalogue (see above) – unfortunately only available in Russian – and to give his lecture as part of a series of talks by British Mackintosh experts.

Glasgow School of Art's Curator Peter Trowles prepares for his Russian screen debut

Glasgow School of Art’s Curator Peter Trowles prepares for his Russian screen debut

During his time in Moscow, in a surreal twist to proceedings Peter appeared on the Russian equivalent of Newsnight to speak about the School’s Mackintosh collection and the relationship between Mackintosh and the city of Glasgow. You can watch a video of Peter’s debut on Russian television here – though sadly it’s been dubbed so will only make sense to those of you who can speak Russian! We’re sure however that what Peter had to say was very interesting…

You can find out more about the exhibition, which ran from 5th Sep 2014-9th Nov 2014, here.

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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.

Curator Peter Trowles on Czech TV

Glasgow School of Art’s Curator Peter Trowles was recently on Czech TV in a broadcast about Glasgow and Mackintosh. Jump to the 3:50 mark to see Peter get a few words in before the dubbing starts…!

GSA Tour Guides visit the ACC

Last night some of the team of GSA tour guides visited the Archives and Collections Centre to explore further research materials to help inform their tours.

The School’s collection includes the student registers where Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who studied at, and subsequently design the school, is listed.

Mackintosh curator Peter Trowles answered many questions on the building plans and construction from the curious tour guides.

The School’s collection holds Mackintosh’s Northern Italian Sketchbook, a digitised version of which can be accessed online here.

The School’s Archivist Susannah Waters discussed the academic and social history of the School and student life throughout the ages.

‘The Magazine’, a student publication by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his contemporaries at the GSA, in the Archives and Collections Centre. This recently digitised resource can be explore online here

Fore more information about GSA’s award winning tours, visit their website.