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Dear Alumni

Later this week The Glasgow School of Art's Deputy Director (Innovation) Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Liz Davidson, Senior Project Manager on the Mackintosh Restoration and I will be attending the Scottish Parliament Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee.  The Committee is taking evidence following the Mackintosh Building fire, reflecting on the GSA’s management, custodianship and future of the Mackintosh Building and its collection.  You can read evidence submitted to the Committee at:

As part of the Committee process, the GSA has prepared a written submission in advance of the Committee. 

This is available on both the GSA website and on the Scottish Parliament website at:

Our written submission addresses the rumours, supposition and speculation circulating since the 15th June by setting out the factual position and our commitment to restore the Mackintosh Building to its central role in the creative life of the GSA, Glasgow and Scotland.  We will reinforce this position at the Committee on Thursday.

You can watch the Committee session live on the Scottish Parliament website at

It has been a challenging period since the 15th June for our students and staff and local community.  We deeply recognise this and that our role moving forward is to ensure we deliver for everyone, staff, students, our neighbours in Garnethill and Glasgow, a thriving, successful, accessible School of Art with our Mackintosh Building at its heart.

With Best Wishes

Muriel Gray


Dear all,

You will doubtless have seen some of the news coverage regarding the devastating fire at the Mackintosh Building on Friday night.

We know that you share our deep sadness at these events. Many of you have been in touch with us or shared your memories of ‘the Mack’ on social media and we have been overwhelmed by your messages of support, all of which mean a great deal to us.

However, we also want you to know that we remain optimistic about the future of the Mack. It will be a long process whilst expert teams establish exactly what the future of the Building is and we ask that you wait patiently with us whilst they carry out their work and also whilst the independent investigation into the fire continues. As soon as we hear any news, we will share it with you. All statements and updates to the press, staff and students are being shared on the GSA website.

Our immediate priority however, is on our students and the continued operation of the School, and to help ensure that the best arrangements and facilities are in place for our current postgraduate and Open Studio (previously called Continuing Education) students now and for all of our students come the start of the new academic year in September.

Be assured, The Glasgow School of Art goes on.

Thank you.

Tom Inns
The Glasgow School of Art