New Wave: Materials, Methods and Media, Glasgow School of Art 1970-1986

GSA Archives and Collections hosted a 12 month part-time Research Assistant, Debi Banerjee, who undertook a project to look at the development of Fine Art teaching at the School during the 1970s and 1980s. This project resulted in the creation of five podcasts, two workshops, an exhibition and a conference paper.

New Wave podcasts were released weekly and are now available on Soundcloud. The aim of these podcasts was to supplement the data in the Archives’ Fine Art Papers with anecdotal accounts of the experiences of the staff and students between the 1970s and 1980s.

The podcasts are composed from a series of interviews with former staff and students from Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s and early 1980s. These recollections and reflections focus on; first year pedagogy; the Mixed Media course which ran from 1977-1981 and extra-curricular activities.

All the interviews have taken place in a variety of locations mainly around Glasgow including: stairwells and quiet rooms in the Art School; interviewees’ front rooms; the CCA café and Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The interviews all vary in approach – some are conversations, some are answers to a specific set of questions and sometimes they are responses to images and documents.

A number of the people appear in different podcasts and this is by no means a complete project, more an evolving narrative or collection of memories. There are still many people to speak to and many themes to explore.

The podcasts have been written and produced by Debi Banerjee for GSA’s Archives and Collections. Music by Peter Boggon.

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