Want to help Glasgow School of Art? Here's how

The university has set up special bursaries for students and created a donation page in response to last week's tragic fire

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Fire rising from the roof of Glasgow School of Art Ritchie Patton

Glasgow School of Art is bouncing back from last week's devastating fire with the announcement of busaries for students most affected by the fire and a donation page for those who wish to contribute to its fundraising appeal.  

Up to a hundred students will receive special Pheonix bursaries to rebuild their portfolio, including studio space for up to six months and a living allowance. 

"In the aftermath of Friday’s fire the GSA was overwhelmed with offers of support including offers of studio space from the Scottish art schools and from a broad portfolio of other art colleges in the UK, Europe and USA," says Professor Tom Inns, the director of the school. "The beating heart of the GSA is its students and our priority is to ensure that all those most seriously affected by the fire are given the opportunity to rebuild their practice."

The school has also set up a BigGive page for people who want to donate to help the institution recover from the tragedy. The Scottish government has also pledged £5 million to rebuild the school. 

The iconic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building wasn't just a much-loved part of the Scottish city – it also housed the library of the art school as well as years of student work. On the day of the fire, final year students were only just installing their last pieces and handing in their degree work. 

"At this point it is too early to know what the costs of the restoration work will be," a Glasgow School of Art representative told Dazed, "but the GSA archives hold all Mackintosh's material relating to the building so it will be possible to bring his ideas to fruition again. As (GSA chair) Muriel Gray said at the weekend, 'Mackintosh did not work in precious materials, but precious ideas,' and we can make those ideas a reality again."

Want to contribute to the Glasgow School of Art appeal? You can head to its BigGive page here

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