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Glasgow School of Art announces bursaries for students affected by fire

Up to a hundred fine art students who lost work in Friday’s blaze will receive the Phoenix bursaries, providing studio space for up to six months and a living allowance while they rebuild their portfolios.

The director of Glasgow School of Art, Prof Tom Inns, said:

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.

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Glasgow School of Art’s famed library feared lost in blaze

The world famous Glasgow School of Art has suffered devasting damage after a fire ripped through the listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Firefighters are still struggling to control the blaze. Eye witnesses feared that the whole west wing of the old building has been lost, including the irreplaceable Mackintosh library and the Hen Run, a famous corridor running along the roof which linked the west and east wing.

The school was completed in 1909 and is considered by many to be Mackintosh’s masterwork. Full story

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Photographs: Courtesy Of The Fine Art Society

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