The showcase runs until Friday, June 8 at the Renfrew Street campus and Tontine Building. Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell joined Glasgow School of Art director Professor Tom Inns, students and staff to launch the show on Friday, June 1. He also visited the Mackintosh Building to see how the restoration, which has been supported by £10m from the UK government, is progressing.
Among the many projects on show from the School of Design is St Valéry, a moving illustrated book by communication design student, Kaitlin Mechan, telling the story of her grandfather (also a design graduate of the Glasgow School of Art) and his comrades in arms from the 51st Highland Division who were captured by the Germans at St Valéry in 1940 and held as POWs for five years.
Students from the Innovation School, which this year has its first Degree Show presentation, have looked at future challenges and needs of both communities and individuals offering a number of creative, co-designed responses. In Jonas Gentle explores how design could play a role in the co-creation of an alternative future for coastal towns in a possible “post-fish” economy; Gabriele Stonciute explores ways in which to decrease the impact of pollution from the fashion industry by changing attitudes from ones where materials matter little, to ones where materials are cherished. Meanwhile, Daniel McLaren lends a helping hand to those who experience the skin biting condition known as dermatophagia.
Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said: “I was pleased to visit The Glasgow School of Art and see the opening of the Degree Show 2018, and meet with the students behind the art to hear about their briefs and how the scenery of Scotland inspired their work. I was encouraged by the stage of the restoration works at the Mackintosh Building, which the UK Government supported with £10m in funding. I look forward to seeing it again when fully open.”
The summer exhibition of work by widening participation and portfolio preparation students is also running concurrently in McLellan Galleries.