Glasgow School of Art

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Art school founded in 1840 as the School of Design in Ingram Street, Glasgow. In 1869 it moved to its present site in Sauchiehall Street, and in 1896 the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (see Glasgow School) won a competition to design a new building. This was erected in 1897–9, with a library block and other extensions added in 1907–9. Together they form one of the most original and dramatic works of architecture of the period anywhere in Europe. At this time the School was enjoying its golden age, under the directorship (1885–1918) of the painter Francis (‘Fra’) Newbery (1855–1946), who had admirable skill as an administrator and a flair for recognizing and encouraging talent. He had good connections abroad and helped the School to win an international reputation. It continues to enjoy high status and produced a particularly outstanding crop of graduates in the 1980s, including the painters Steven Campbell (1953–2007), Stephen Conroy (b 1964), and Alison Watt (b 1965). Their work marked a return to an interest in figurative art after the ‘anything goes’ 1970s.

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