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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

Wing Hong Creative Residency publication

  • DC 116
  • Collection
  • Jan 2021

Publication created in January 2021 from Wing Hong Creative Residency, a partnership project between GSA Community Engagement and the Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre in Garnethill, Glasgow. Alaya Ang created the publication to capture the project which developed a series of creative and collaborative activities with service users at the Wing Hong centre, with the aim of exploring themes of ageing, ageism and isolation.

The project took place during October and November 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which meant many of the activities had to be adapted to be conducted remotely. This publication is a look into the process and preservation of the delicate experience of life during the lockdown through the participants eyes, that aims to illustrate the strength and joy of the Chinese elderly with the creative and sustaining power of art.

Publication includes Chinese text and English text. The cover reads "A reunion in the place where you are".

Ang, Alaya

Comb Paintings

25 small paintings mounted on card. Landscapes, still life, portraits and abstracts.

Cosgrove, James

Papers of James Cosgrove

  • DC 111
  • Collection
  • 1968-2020

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.

Cosgrove, James

Comb Paintings

25 small paintings mounted on card. Landscapes, still life, portraits and abstracts.

Cosgrove, James

Designs and artworks

Designs and artworks created by James Cosgrove consisting of paintings, pen and ink drawings, prints, and poetry.

Cosgrove, James

Records relating to Dugald Cameron

  • DC 091
  • Collection
  • c1960-2013

This collection comprises predominantly student work undertaken by Dugald Cameron whilst studying at The Glasgow School of Art between 1957-1963.

In addition it contains the following publications:

  • Dugald Cameron Industrial Designer
  • No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force
  • From the Karoo to the Kelvin
  • Personal Passions (exhibition catalogue)

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Cameron, Dugald

Film accompanying the exhibition by Jimmy Cosgrove ‘Looking for Signs: Ideas and Imagined Circumstances', Studio Pavilion (House for an Art Lover), 28 Jul 2018-16 Sep 2018

Film by Callum and Fraser Rice which accompanies the exhibition by Jimmy Cosgrove ‘Looking for Signs: Ideas and Imagined Circumstances', Studio Pavilion (House for an Art Lover) 28 July - 16 September 2018, co-curated by Alison Harley, Fraser Taylor and Louise Briggs.

The exhibition explored the studio collection of Jimmy Cosgrove, and presented work spanning the early 1970s to new work created for the Studio Pavilion in 2018. Sketchbooks, travelogues, working ideas were included to show the span of work across design and the visual arts, pursued by Jimmy Cosgrove throughout his career at GSA.

Filmed in the context of the exhibition Cosgrove expands upon his ideas, working processes and contribution to design education at GSA, alongside his artistic contribution to the Scottish and Glasgow art scene of the early 1970s and into the mid 1990s, when he retired from GSA to continue working as an exhibiting artist.

A publication with invited contributions by practitioners and academics, accompanied the exhibition.

Rice, Callum

Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball woodcut and cardboard print

Note from the artist: This print is part of the collection Wank!, a series of six posters for various sources - such as essays, video clips, movies or performances - all dealing with the taboo subject of female masturbation. Acting like a curator of these references, I aim to highlight that any attempt to represent feminine masturbation through a feminist eye still finds its limits where a branded masculine interpretation of feminine sexuality starts.

Campistron, Dominique

Paris and Wester Ross

Sketchbook started in Paris, includes sketches of 'One Minute Sculptures' by Erwin Wurm. Also, landscape sketches of Wester Ross.

Cosgrove, James

Morvich 1976

Sketchbook including illustrations of landscapes and abstract landscapes, mostly from Morvich and Rothesay. Including printouts from from 2016.

Cosgrove, James

Soft Candy

Digital print on leather with stainless steel rod and rings. The artist wishes it to be installed with the rod hammered into the wall at a height of 1.7m, with the leather hanging from the two rings which are placed onto the rod.

Herrmannsen, Eleanor Elks


Sketchbooks from James Cosgrove's time as a student at the Glasgow School of Art, as a member of staff of the Glasgow School of Art, and as a Director of the House for an Art Lover. Also includes travel journals and sketchbooks documenting trips to Mexico, the United States of America, the Highlands of Scotland, London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Cosgrove, James

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