- 1968-2020 (Creation)
Level of description
Content and Structure
Scope and content
Collection includes artworks and sketchbooks made by Jimmy Cosgrove as a student at the Glasgow School of Art; while working as a Tutor and the Director of the Glasgow School of Art; and afterwards, including work relating to the House for an Art Lover, and documenting travels across Europe, North America, and Mexico.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.
System of arrangement
The papers have been arranged into the following categories:
Designs and artworks, 1968-2020
Posters, Late 20th century
Christmas cards, 1968-2017
Mural designs, 1972-1973
Name of creator
James Cosgrove, or Jimmy Cosgrove as he is more popularly known, is a Scottish artist and designer. He was a member of staff at GSA where his positions held included Lecturer in Design (Textile Design) from 1973-1980, and Senior Lecturer in Charge of Printed Textiles from 1980-1982, before being appointed Deputy Director of The Glasgow School of Art. He retired from academic life in 1999.
His recent work in painting, drawing and collage is derived from travel in general and people and places in the west of Scotland in particular - including Arran and Ayrshire. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute, The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Paisley Art Institute, Cosgrove also exhibits widely in a number of commercial galleries.
He is a Director with the House for an Art Lover and has contributed to books on art and design, Charles Rennie Mackintosh - and ART PARK Glasgow at Bellahouston Park, where he has a Sculpture fabricated in iron and steel titled; ‘Shipbuilding - Homage to those who made the Clyde great’.
Some material from this collection was on display in Looking for Signs: ideas and imagined circumstances, House for An Art Lover Studio Pavilion, 28 July –16 September 2018.
Donated to The Glasgow School of Art by Jimmy Cosgrove, 2018.
Physical Description and Conditions of Use
Conditions governing access
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Conditions governing reproduction
Application for permission to reproduce should be submitted to The Archives and Collections at The Glasgow School of Art.
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of material.
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Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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People and Organisations
- Cosgrove, James (Subject)
- The Glasgow School of Art (Subject)
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Catalogued by Matilda Heydon and Lucy Janes, Archives and Collections Assistants, Dec 2021-Jan 2022.
Edited by Michelle Kaye, Collections Development Officer, Apr 2022.
Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.
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