Art School students set for return after blaze

AS work continues to salvage treasures from the Glasgow School of Art, it was ­revealed that students will return tomorrow.

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  • Students are set to return to the fire-ravaged art school
    Students are set to return to the fire-ravaged art school
  • Students are set to return to the fire-ravaged art school
  • Students are set to return to the fire-ravaged art school
  • Students are set to return to the fire-ravaged art school

A week after fire tore through the world famous Mackintosh Building these images show the painstaking work being carried out to remove as many items as possible.

And tomorrow the new £50million Seona Reid Building which houses the design school and the Bourdon Building in Scott Street, home to the Mackintosh School of Architecture, will both reopen for business.

Students were in the Mackintosh building setting up works for their final year degree show when the fire started on Friday.

Staff will meet with them tomorrow and after discussions, will decide whether to press ahead with the show which was scheduled to run from June 14 to 21.

Meanwhile, work has started removing exhibits which were to feature in the exhibition.

It is understood a large percentage have not been affected by the devastating fire.

If it is decided to hold the degree show, a possible venue will be the nearby McLellan Galleries.

The city council, which owns the Sauchiehall Street premises, made it available to the art school shortly after the fire broke out.

Student degree show work is currently being moved from the Mackintosh building and taken the short distance to the Galleries.

An art school spokeswoman said: "There are about 100 students in the final year of the fine art ­degree course who are most significantly ­affected by the fire.

"The process of retrieving the student art work is under way and a large percentage of it is intact."

A council spokesman said: "Some student works from the Mackintosh Building are now being held in the McLellan Galleries.

"We are in discussions with Glasgow School of Art about a number of city centre locations for their showcase in June, but at present no decision has been made regarding the venue."

Fire crews, who managed to save 90% of the historic Mackintosh building and 70% of the contents, are still working their way through the fire ravaged structure.

It will not be handed back to the art school until they are convinced there are no ­remaining, hidden pockets of fire.

Since the blaze, the fire service has rec­eived hundreds of e-mails from across the globe praising crews for their efforts in saving so much of the Mackintosh building.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service director of service delivery in the west of Scotland, assistant chief officer Dave Boyle, said: "The performance of the firefighters was incredible and it took a tremendous amount of courage, professionalism and determination to prevent what was a very intense fire engulfing the building.

"Fighting the fire from both inside and outside the Mackintosh gave us the best chance of stopping the flames and the early decisions made by our crews and incident commanders proved crucial.

"Our crews' efforts were extraordinary and although we always receive tremendous backing from the people of Glasgow, the outpouring of support over recent days has been greatly appreciated."



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