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Scottish Government are to award Mackintosh blaze graduates a bursary

The west wing of the world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh building was destroyed by fire on the 23rd May 2014. The fire did not  only destroy  what is considered to be Mackintosh’s finest work but  the degree show pieces of final year students. 

In a lovely, gesture, however, the Scottish Government established a Phoenix Bursary programme worth £750,000 for graduates from the college to start on a new project.


The programme runs for 15 weeks where those enrolled will be paid up to £315 a week and will have access to £1000 to pay for any materials needed.

According to the Scotland Herald, the scheme has helped 40 graduates stay in Glasgow, including people from as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong and Mexico City.

Those participating are currently working in Glasgow Sculpture Studio's facility, The Whisky Bond with a view to put on an exhibition in March 2015.

They will also be helped by revered and experienced artists, making sure the former students' is the best it can be.

Speaking to the Scotland Herald an organiser of the programme, Marianne Greated, Said: "We are very pleased that so many of the graduates have decided to stay in the city, and it is a testament to the city that they have done that.

"What we are not doing is trying to recreate the degree show - it is not that: there is no mark, they have all achieved their degrees and done their work, but it is a way of showing their practice."

We wish them the best of luck and hope to see their newly created art in the New Year!