Sunday, 9 December 2007

MFA Auction

The MFA Auction was a great success this year. A big THANKYOU to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event and to all those students, alumni and many others who donated work for this event. More images and info to follow.

Friday, 7 December 2007

Mark Briggs presents: Doctor Hoffman pisses lightning.

Film Screening at the CCA
Tuesday 11th Dec 7pm.

Mark Briggs presents: Doctor Hoffman pisses lightning.

For the residents of Angela Carters fictional novel in an under siege city Doctor Hoffman is in control. The city he besieges lies near to ruins, reality has become fantasy and dreams intertwine with the everyday. Lust is the food that is plentiful as people starve in a web of endless lust and desire. Welcome to an Opportunity presents a short collection of video artworks that entertain the possibility of endless desire against conventions of the daily and aspirational.

Ronnie Bass, Mark Briggs, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Salomeh Grace, Pat Flynn, Josie Flynn, Andrew Macdonald.

Saturday, 1 December 2007


Join the GSA MFA for this year's art auction festivities!

The GSA MFA will be hosting a silent art auction at the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, 6-11pm on December 8th.
Work by current MFA students and MFA alumni will be up for auction, accompanied by music, food, entertainment, drinks and raffle prizes.

Doors open 6-10pm £1 Entry

All proceeds will benefit the graduating MFA class in their final year.

McLellan Galleries
(Renfrew St. entrance)
Glasgow, G2 3EH

For more information, please contact

Friday, 30 November 2007

Le Potage Futuriste

The Inaguration Begins...

'Le Potage Futuriste' proudly presents its first incarnation; it promises to
be a manifold sensory explosion of myth and music, fog and Foley. Join us at
6pm on Tuesday 4th December, upstairs at the Vic, and witness the one-off

Le Potage Futuriste are four International MFA students; rumour has it they
will change your life before Christmas!


The deadline for applications to the Master of Fine Art Programme at The Glasgow School of Art is January 31st 2008. Please contact the Registry office at GSA for further details and to recieve all the relevant information and application forms. Information and downloadable PDF application forms are also available from the GSA website

Interviews are expected to take place during March 2008.

The Weirding and the Uncanny

The Weirding and the Uncanny

A Host Production Curator: Levi Hanes

1 December - 14 December 2007 Newbery Gallery at The Glasgow School of Art
Private View: Friday 30 November 6pm – 8pm

The Weirding and the Uncanny is a Host production. Host is a collective based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, established to facilitate exhibitions for independent artists’ groups and individuals. Curated by MFA student, Levi Hanes, the exhibition incorporates a range of international artists using digital video, photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture to explore notions of utopia and dystopia, mystery and the uncanny.

The Weirding derives from the books of Frank Herbert’s Dune series and is given to a mystical/psychological/physiological means of manipulating the subject’s surroundings. Herbert’s influence for the geography of the book comes from Florence, Oregon a beach town dominated by monstrous invading sand dunes.

Many of the artists selected for the show come from the West Coast of the United States, notably Oregon, which shares a wilderness of Gothic weirdness akin to the landscapes of Scotland. The intention of the show is to reflect the similarities and differences held by artists across the continents. Though many of the artists are from varied locales, they share geographic and thematic similarities along with inevitable foreignness inherent to their cultural differences.

Artists in the show include:
Nat Andreini (USA), Jake Arcularius (USA), Ruth Barker (UK), Mark Briggs (UK), Nicolas Ceccaldi (EU), Luke Collins (UK), Ashby Collinson (UK), Helen de Main (UK), Salomeh Grace (UK), Levi Hanes (UK), Maj Hasager (EU), Midori Hirose (USA), Ragnar Jonasson (UK), Heike Kabisch (UK), Lucy Keany (UK), Conor Kelly (UK), Kristan Kennedy (USA), Mairi Lafferty (UK), Corey Lunn (USA), Veronica Lussier (UK), Niall MacDonald (UK), Tamar Monhait (USA), Douglas Morland (UK), Katie Orton (UK), Rallou Panagiotou (UK), Daniel Peterson (USA), Meg Peterson (USA), Kevin Pollock (UK), Nathanial Price (USA), Adam Sorensen (USA), Zefrey Throwell (USA), Tracy Timmins (USA), Emmett Walsh (UK), Jay Winebrenner (USA).

To contact Host please email:

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Tatham and O'Sullivan studio visit

A recent visit to the studio of Glasgow based artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Ex MFA students win Paul Hamlyn Awards

Glasgow School of Art graduates Claire Barclay (MFA 1991 - 1993) and Michael Fullerton (MFA 2000 - 2002) have recently won the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Artist Award. Worth £45,000 over three years, this is the largest artist award in the UK. Previous ex-MFA Hamlyn Award recipents include Simon Starling, Ross Sinclair and Martin Boyce.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Visiting tutors

The MFA Programme has visits each week from guest tutors including artists, curators, writers and academics. Recent visitors over the past year include Dan Graham, Jim Lambie, Gerrie van Noord, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Nathan Coley, Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, Rosalind Nashashibi, Mischa Kuball, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nathalie de Briey, Yun-Fei Ji, John Beagles, Clara Ursitti, Andrew Sunley-Smith, Alistair McDonald, and Graham Fagen.


A little bit of background information from the GSA website.....

"Throughout the 1990s, the City of Glasgow witnessed an explosion of activity in the visual arts. Artists, critics and curators from all over the world have visited Glasgow to see for themselves what curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has termed 'the Glasgow miracle'. There are many young practicing artists working in Glasgow who have helped shape a thriving creative community generating artist-led initiatives, permanent and temporary gallery spaces, and innovative approaches to public and site specific work.
The Glasgow School of Art, Master of Fine Art programme began in 1988 and has achieved international recognition as a centre of excellence in postgraduate education in the visual arts. The programme occupies a unique and influential position within the extraordinary dynamic that characterises the visual art community in Glasgow. It plays a pivotal role in the education, support, and promotion of artists who have chosen to study and practice in the city."

MFA Programme structure

The MFA is a multi disciplinary two-year, full-time programme comprising three stages. Throughout all stages of the programme self-directed studio practice is central, and is supported by one-to-one tutorials, regular group critiques, seminars, lectures and informal discussions.

• Stage 1 (PG Certificate). Extending over a period of 15 weeks, the PG Certificate focuses upon the critical reappraisal of each student’s practice. Studio and theoretical components are integrated, and students also engage in research by means of a supervised Investigative Project.

• Stage 2 (PG Diploma). Lasting 15 weeks, the PG Diploma follows a similar pattern of integrated studio practice and theoretical investigation in order to consolidate students’ practice. During this stage of the programme the curriculum is also augmented by a range of elective courses that available to postgraduate students throughout GSA. Towards the end of this stage, students present work in the Interim exhibition, which contributes to the assessment process.

• Stage 3 (MFA). This stage runs for 30 weeks, and culminates in the presentation of work for the final degree show, held in a venue outside GSA (in recent years this has been Tramway). During the first term, students may apply to participate in the international exchange programme. Emphasis within the MFA is upon developing a body of work demonstrating originality, individuality and high levels of professionalism. During this stage students may choose to place greater emphasis on either the studio or the theoretical aspects of their practice. All students produce a dissertation of c. 6,000 words.

Welcome to the Glasgow School of Art MFA blog

Welcome to the Glasgow School of Art Master of Fine Art blog. This is a space for all things relating to the MFA. In the future we will post news, info about staff and students, images of student work, details of visiting tutors, images of us hard at work etc etc.