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Art school students crowd funding to exhibit work in London after fire

Art school students crowd funding to exhibit work in London after fire

Final year students from the Glasgow School of Art are using crowd funding to host their London degree show.

Following the fire that ripped through the Mackintosh building in May 2014, the GSoA students have had to seek out a new platform to showcase their degree work.

A total of 47 students from the Painting and Printmaking course have set-up a page on Kickstarter in a bid to raise enough funds to display a culmination of their work from the past four years.

The group hope to take part in the The Free Range Show, within the Truman Brewery in London, which means they are in need of £3000 to cover space for art, transport and insurance as well as promotion.

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Having raised over £1600 on the Kickstarter website already, the group are on course to completing the target with 28 days still to fundraise.

Helen Jackson, one of the graduates in the campaign, spoke to STV about the crowd sourcing project, branded 'All You Can Eat' and how important it is for the graduates to have a successful graduate show despite the fire.

She said: "We decided it would be nice to have our graduate show somewhere outside of Glasgow, considering we couldn't hold it in the Mackintosh building.

"We found out about the Truman Brewery event, and it just seemed like the perfect place - it is a great way to get our work out there.

"We were in third year during the fire, so our work was not personally damaged, but we worked very closely with graduate students during that time, and we know how much an effect it had on them," Helen added.

Helen admitted that despite the success so far, the £3000 target is only half of what is actually needed, so the group still have a lot of work ahead of them.

She said: "The planned event will really be a huge mix, which is why we called it 'All You Can Eat' - there will be several different mediums of art with very little restrictions.

"We are also looking to host some art workshops and poetry readings during our time in London, it will really just be a great big experience for us all.

"We have had a lot of support in a short space of time with people keen to help, but it really is an important target for us to meet," she added.

"I feel it's an ambitious but manageable target - people have realised we are in a difficult situation after the fire and are eager to help out."

  (All You Can Eat (GSofA))
via STV via STV

She added that Glaswegians were quick to support after the fire last May - with the support continuing even now.

Helen said: "After the fire in the Mackintosh building, people were incredibly supportive and wanted to help.

"I feel that is still the same even now - they know the importance of these degree shows and want us to have a great time despite not having the Mackintosh building."

The event, in the Truman Brewery in London, takes place between July 2 - July 6, a fortnight after the official degree show in Glasgow.

Images © All You Can Eat (GSofA)

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