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Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • ilk screen prints
  • lithograph prints
  • prints
  • photographs
  • sketches
  • sketch books
  • drawings
  • watercolours
  • collage
  • metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.

Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.

There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.

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Mackintosh Art, Design and Architecture Collection

  • MC
  • Collection
  • c1891-2018

Items in The Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh collection include: furniture, watercolours, drawings, architectural drawings, design drawings, sketchbooks, metalwork and photographs.

Mackintosh studied evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art between 1883-1894, winning numerous student prizes and competitions including the prestigious Alexander Thomson Travelling Studentship in 1890. Mackintosh and his contemporaries also produced four volumes of a publication called "The Magazine" during their time as students, which included examples of their writing and artworks. GSA Archives and Collections hold Mackintosh's Italian Sketchbook, as well as all four volumes of The Magazine, all of which can be browsed on our catalogue.

The majority of Mackintosh's three-dimensional work was created with the help of a small number of patrons within a short period of intense activity between 1896 and 1910. Francis Newbery was headmaster of The Glasgow School of Art during this time and was supportive of Mackintosh's ultimately successful bid to design a new art school building in 1896 - his most prestigious undertaking. For Miss Kate Cranston he designed a series of Glasgow tearoom interiors and for the businessmen William Davidson and Walter Blackie, he was commissioned to design large private houses, 'Windyhill' in Kilmacolm and 'The Hill House' in Helensburgh. In Europe, the originality of Mackintosh's style was quickly appreciated and in 1900 he was invited to participate at the 8th Vienna Secession.

In 1902 Mackintosh was invited to participate at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin and later at exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin. Despite this success Mackintosh's work met with considerable indifference at home. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his 'total design' of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

By 1914 Mackintosh had despaired of ever receiving true recognition in Glasgow and together with his wife Margaret Macdonald he moved, temporarily, to Walberswick on the Suffolk Coastline (in England), where he painted many fine flower studies in watercolour. In 1915 the Mackintoshes settled in London and for the next few years Mackintosh attempted to resume practice as an architect and designer. The designs he produced at this time for textiles, for the 'Dug-out' Tea Room in Glasgow and the dramatic interiors for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England show him working in a bold new style of decoration, using primary colours and geometric motifs.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France, finally living in Port Vendres where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.

The majority of Mackintosh's design work, (including furniture and metalwork), architectural drawings, textile designs and watercolours are in the possession of three public collections - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Museums, and the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow - although significant (individual) pieces can be found in museums across the UK and Europe, North America and Japan. However, some of Mackintosh's most important, symbolist watercolours from the early to mid-1890s are to be found in the collection of The Glasgow School of Art.

The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections hold a large number of items by Mackintosh, giving us one of the largest collections of his work held in public ownership. The collection is one of 50 Recognised Collections of National Significance to Scotland. We continue to investigate new routes of engagement for the collection. For example, our Mac(k)cessibility project in conjunction with GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation explores digital display and loans of our Mackintosh furniture. Find out more about the Mac(k)cessibility project here.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Digital drawing: 'Impression of an altered landscape in the western edge of the green belt in Antwerp, Belgium'

Digital drawing: 'Impression of an altered landscape in the western edge of the green belt in Antwerp, Belgium'.

Photo montage of aerial imagery with digital drawing. Made in May 2019 as part of design thesis for diploma in Architecture.

Artist statement: The thesis investigates the relationship between modernity and us, interpreted through readings and alterations of the landscape inside and surrounding the city of Antwerp, Belgium.

Zaccaria, Marco

'Space for the Mind': Design thesis journal and Technology journal

Digital copies of Design thesis journal and Technology journal. Artist statement: "This thesis argues that the city is ultimately and process, and not just aging artefact or relic. Conceptually, the architectural exploration is one that embraces the recognition of change through contemplation. By investigating the relationship of spaces to the mind, can a place be designed to evoke this sense of reflection?"

Makwana, Suraj

Records of the Board of Governors

Papers of the Board of Governors of the Glasgow School of Art. Includes: GOV/1: Annual reports, 1847-2016 GOV/2: Minutes, 1854-2017 GOV/3: Registers of attendance, 1943-1991 GOV/4: Foundational and Legal Documents, 1842-1999 GOV/5: Property Records, 1845-1949 GOV/6: School Committee and Finance Committee requirements book, 1899-1911 GOV/7: Inventories and Insurances, 1844-1976 GOV/8: Planning Documents, 1988-2001 GOV/9: Reporting Documents, 1893-2000 GOV/10: Correspondence and Working Papers, 1854-1932 GOV/11: Bursaries, Grants and Prize Funds, 1883-1993 GOV/12: Sub-Committees of the Board of Governors, 1987-2017 GOV/13: Other Committees, 1984-2017 GOV/14: Board of Governors Biographies, c2001-2003 GOV/15: Register of Interests, 2006-2009 GOV/16: Register of Directors, 1922-2002 Access Restrictions: Most records which are over 30 years old are available for public consultation. Records which are less than 30 years old can be accessed with the permission of the head of the relevant department of the school. Records containing sensitive information about individuals have been collected into separate folders that will be closed for 75 years, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Glasgow School of Art

Night Sky

One of a series of nine architectural drawings for a project entitled 'Lighter than Air', submitted by Ronan Morris and Aoibhin McGinley for their final year thesis.

Morris, Ronan

Sky Context

One of a series of nine architectural drawings for a project entitled 'Lighter than Air', submitted by Ronan Morris and Aoibhin McGinley for their final year thesis.

Morris, Ronan

Layer Plan

One of a series of nine architectural drawings for a project entitled 'Lighter than Air', submitted by Ronan Morris and Aoibhin McGinley for their final year thesis.

Morris, Ronan

Weather Section

One of a series of nine architectural drawings for a project entitled 'Lighter than Air', submitted by Ronan Morris and Aoibhin McGinley for their final year thesis.

Morris, Ronan

Networks-Berlin

One of a series of nine architectural drawings for a project entitled 'Lighter than Air', submitted by Ronan Morris and Aoibhin McGinley for their final year thesis.

Morris, Ronan

Audiovisual material

GSA Archives and Collections hold 216 audiovisual files, covering a range of topics and a wide date range. The audiovisual material has been created both by GSA and by external organisations, such as the BBC (television and radio), STV and ITV, other educational institutions and the Scottish Arts Council. Media in the collection include 16mm films, 35mm films, audio cassettes, audio CDs, CD Rom, DV cassette, DVD, Floppy disk, Reel to reel audios, Super 8 film, U-matic films, VHS tapes and Video 8 tapes. The audiovisual files pertain to topics including the GSA Fashion and Degree Shows, and Activities Week; students discussing their work; lectures by architects; presentations by, and interviews and conversations with, GSA alumni; centenary of the Mackintosh Building; Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh; plays; and documentaries on GSA. Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers. As at August 2017, only the fashion show audiovisual material has been catalogued. The remaining uncatalogued material is therefore not currently accessible for researchers.

Webster, Chris

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