Subfonds DC 009/4 - Publications

G.S.A. Students' Association weekly publication 'BLANK' and variations G.S.A. Students' Association materials relating to Activities Week 1985 G.S.A. Students' Association weekly publication 'SPANK' G.S.A. Students' Association newsletter ‘stubble’ G.S.A. Students' Association newsletter ‘TRASH' G.S.A. Students' Association newsletter ‘think!' G.S.A. Students' Association 'Comic Book' Issue 1 G.S.A. termly listings guide 'Fuse', Issue 1 G.S.A. Students' Association leaflet for yearly event 'AYE’ 2005 'FREAK' magazine, no.3 'Gallery of the Bizarre, Strange and the Deranged' comic 'Phreque' comic 'le magazine de BANG BANG' 'PAVILION' magazine 'THE CLAQUE', Issue 1 'Things and Stuff' no.2 comic 'YOUR ORDER', The Art School Magazine, no. 1 MILK CHOCOLATE' Number Two 'Mammogram' GSA Student Magazine, Issues 1-3 'FOLD' Issue 1 Undercurrents magazine, Issue 3

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DC 009/4




  • 1984-2013 (Creation)

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2 folders

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This collection includes two folders of material. The first, containing DC 009/4/1-9, includes publications produced by the G.S.A. Students’ Association between 1984 and 2005. The second, containing DC 009/4/10-21, includes publications created by students at the Glasgow School of Art, collected by the Students’ Association dating between 2003 and 2013.

• DC 009/4/1: Collection of GSA Students’ Association weekly publication ‘BLANK’ and other variations 1984-1985
• DC 009/4/2: Collection of GSA Students’ Association materials relating to Activities Week 1985
• DC/009/4/3: Collection of GSA Students’ Association weekly publication ‘SPANK’ 1985-1991
• DC/009/4/4: Two copies of newsletter ‘Stubble’, published 18 and 24 May 1988.
• DC 009/4/5: Copy of newsletter ‘TRASH’, Oct 1988
• DC 009/4/6: Copy of newsletter 'Think!', Jan 1990
• DC 009/4/7: Two copies of GSA Students’ Association 'Comic Book' issue 1, c 2000s
• DC 009/4/8: 'Fuse', Glasgow School of Art listings guide Issue 1, Jan 2001
• DC 009/4/9: Two copies of leaflet for 'AYE’, 15 Feb 2005-18 Feb 2005.
• DC 009/4/10: Copy of ‘FREAK’ Magazine, Dec 2003
• DC 009/4/11: Gallery of the bizarre, strange and the deranged magazine, 2004
• DC 009/4/12: 2 x Phreque magazine, 2004
• DC 009/4/13: Copy of ‘le magazine de BANG BANG’, Jul 2004
• DC 009/4/14: Copy of ‘PAVILION’ magazine, 2005
• DC 009/4/15: Copy of ‘THE CLAQUE’ Issue 1, ‘a collection of washroom images and unspoken words’, 2005
• DC 009/4/16: Two copies of comic ‘Things and Stuff’ no.2, April 2005
• DC 009/4/17: Your Order no. 1 magazine, Mar 2006
• DC 009/4/18: Milk Chocolate, 2007
• DC 009/4/19: 3 issues of Mammogram magazine, 2008 – 2009
• DC 009/4/20: Fold, Dec 2011
• DC 009/4/21: Undercurrents magazine, Issue 3, April 2013

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This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


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The Glasgow School of Art has its origins in the Glasgow Government School of Design, which was established on 6 January 1845. The Glasgow Government School of Design was one of twenty similar institutions established in the United Kingdom's manufacturing centres between 1837 and 1851. Set up as a consequence of the evidence given to the House of Commons Select Committee on Arts and their connection with Manufactures of 1835-1836, the Government Schools hoped to improve the quality of the country's product design through a system of education that provided training in design for industry. Somerset House was the first of such schools to be established, opening in 1837, and others followed throughout the provinces.

In 1853 the Glasgow Government School of Design changed its name to the Glasgow School of Art. Following the receipt of some funding from the Haldane Academy Trust, (a trust set up by James Haldane, a Glasgow engraver, in 1833), The Glasgow School of Art was required to incorporate the name of the trust into its title. Consequently, it became the Glasgow School of Art and Haldane Academy, although by 1891 the "Haldane Academy" was dropped from the title. Glasgow School of Art was incorporated in 1892. In 1901 the Glasgow School of Art was designated a Central Institution for Higher Art Education in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Initially the School was located at 12 Ingram Street, Glasgow, but in 1869, it moved to the Corporation Buildings on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. In 1897 work started on a new building to house the School of Art on Renfrew Street, Glasgow. The building was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, former pupil of The Glasgow School of Art. The first half of the building was completed in 1899 and the second in 1909.

The Government Schools ran courses in elementary drawing, shading from the flat, shading from casts, chiaroscuro painting, colouring, figure drawing from the flat, figure drawing from the round, painting the figure, geometrical drawing, perspective, modelling and design. All these courses were introduced from the start at the Glasgow School apart from that of design. The course in design was the "summit of the system" where students came up with original designs for actual manufactures or decorative purposes and it was not until 1849, when Charles Heath Wilson became headmaster, that classes in design began to be taught. Also in this year Bruce Bell was engaged to teach mechanical and architectural drawing.

After 1853 the above pattern of courses was extended to 26 stages which formed the national curriculum for art schools. This system was known as the South Kensington system. An Art Masters could be awarded by gaining certificates in the available subjects. There was no restriction on entry and students could take as long as they wished to accumulate their passes before being awarded their Art Masters.

In 1901 the Glasgow School of Art was given the power to award its own diplomas. In the same year Art 91D classes for day school teachers commenced which were later known as the Art 55 classes. From 1901 to 1979 the School of Art awarded its own diplomas and thereafter it awarded degrees of the Council for National Academic Awards. In the 1970s the School of Fine Art and the School of Design were established. With the demise of the Council for National Academic Awards, from 1993 Glasgow University awarded the School's degrees in fine art and design.
In 1885 the Glasgow School of Art taught architecture and building construction conforming to the South Kensington system. Following on from the designation of the School as a Central Institution and the empowerment of the School to award its own diplomas, the School and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College worked together to produce a curriculum for a new course leading to a joint diploma.

In 1903 the joint Glasgow School of Architecture was established within the Glasgow School of Art in conjunction with the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. For the new diploma design classes were to be taught at the School of Art and the construction classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. The first diplomas in architecture were awarded in 1910.

In 1924 the Glasgow School of Art became a university teaching institution when the University of Glasgow set up a BSc in Architecture which was to be taught at the School of Architecture. In 1964 the Royal College of Science and Technology (formerly the Royal Technical College, formerly the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College) merged with the Scottish College of Commerce to form the new University of Strathclyde. Following the merger the Glasgow School of Architecture came to an end, the last students transferring to Strathclyde degrees and graduating in 1968.

In 1970 the Mackintosh School of Architecture was established. It is housed within the Glasgow School of Art and forms that school's Department of Architecture. Its degrees are accredited by the University of Glasgow and its Head is the University's Professor of Architecture.

The Glasgow Government School of Design was originally managed, as were the other Government Schools, by the Board of Trade and a Committee of Management representing local subscribers. Then, in 1852, the Government Schools of Design were taken over by the Department of Practical Art. This Department was renamed the Department of Science and Art in 1853 and was located in South Kensington, London. The Committee of Management was replaced in 1892 by the Board of Governors. In 1898, control of the School was transferred again, this time to the Scotch Education Department (renamed the Scottish Education Department in 1918).

The School became academically independent in 1901 when it was free to develop its own curriculum and its own diplomas, subject to the approval of the Scottish Education Department. The chief executive of the School was the Headmaster, renamed Director in 1901, and a Secretary and Treasurer was responsible for all aspects of the administration of the School. As the School grew, other administrative posts were added.

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(fl 20th century-21st century)

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The student representative system is run in partnership with the GSA Learning and Teaching Team and the GSA Students’ Association (GSASA). The GSASA is an independent body that represents student interests, runs events and opportunities, and provides advice and advocacy. GSASA is committed to widening access to education and the arts, and is committed to offering opportunities for the personal and professional development of its student members during their time at GSA.

The GSASA is a registered Scottish charity and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Each year, it receives a block grant from the GSA that goes into supporting student societies, exhibitions, projects, student-run events and the activities of the Student Representative Council (SRC).

The SRC is the independent representative body of students at the GSA - they can run campaigns and support student initiatives in GSASA and GSA. The SRC is elected through the class rep systems and at meetings of members such as the Annual General Meeting. The SRC is made up of a Campaigns Committee, Funding Committee and Societies Committee. These committees are chaired by the Student President and Vice President and supported by the wider team at the Students’ Association.

The Student President works with GSA and the Students’ Association for the benefit of students across the School. They influence learning and teaching strategy and student welfare matters, develop the class and lead rep programmes and campaign for issues that matter to students.

The Vice President responds to emerging needs and issues raised by the student body through the programming of social, learning and professional practice events and projects. They work with students to develop student-led extra-curricular initiatives, lead on Degree Show celebrations, and help support and develop student societies.

The Academic Engagement Coordinator supports student voice activities, such as the election and training of student representatives, and helps students to be partners in the quality of their learning experience. They are there for students to speak to about becoming a rep, running for a sabbatical officer position, or volunteering for the Students' Representative Council. They are also the main contact for students needing to make appeals, complaints, or who are facing disciplinary procedures.

The Community & Societies Engagement Coordinator focuses on supporting and developing student societies, groups and sports. Students should speak to them about setting up a society, society funding, boosting engagement with your society and exploring its structure, sports teams and activities, or events that work with the local community or develop student community.

The Digital & Communications Coordinator supports students and their representative groups to manage online spaces and communications at the GSASA. They can assist students in anything relating to the Association’s digital platforms including its newsletter, social media channels, website and Canvas pages.

The Chief Executive supports the governance of the GSASA, working collaboratively with its Board of Trustees and elected student Sabbatical Officers in operating Glasgow School of Art Student’s Association as an effective charitable organisation promoting the welfare and interests of all students of GSA. They provide management and support for the Association’s staff and facilitate use of the GSASA building in both commercial and student engagement activities.

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Harmful material (sexism) was found in the Wednesday, January 9th 1984/85 issue no.11 of the GSASA weekly, in DC009/4/1. Offensive material (sexism and ableism, among other things) was found in "Comic 2 Book" issue 1 compiled by Simpo, in DC009/4/7.

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Catalogued by Kiah Endelman-Music, SGSAH Intern, Aug 2023




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