Where is Hull School of Art and Design? By Michelle Dee.
I, like many, was shocked and saddened Friday May 23rd, as news reports came out announcing that Glasgow School of Art was going up in flames.
A historic building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the School has a rich tradition of producing artists with international reputations.
The damage to the building is thankfully not as bad as first feared, but the loss will be felt all around the city, country and even the world.
Writing in The Observer, the artist Alison Watt described Glasgow School of Art as 'a place in which to think and in which to imagine.' She goes on to describe the school as, '...a building in which we were encouraged to think about the world and our place in it'
Great Art Schools are unique places of learning; they ask students to explore, to invent, to push boundaries and to collaborate. The precious years spent in that dynamic, creative environment have a sustained and recognisable impact.
I was fortunate enough to be a student at Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) and whilst there, I was exposed to not just my own journalism studies but many other art forms including sculpture, photography, fine art, graphic design, web and games design, animation, illustration, fashion, textiles and architecture. This provided a stimulating, creative environment where original ideas could be realised.
Hull School of Art and Design is more than 150 years old and was founded in 1861, just after the Glasgow School and the Royal College of Art. HSAD has been around longer than the House of Commons building and the Football League.
Hull School of Art as it was first called, began life at the Public Assembly Rooms, then in 1878 was relocated to Albion Street. In the early 1900s the school moved to Anlaby Road. The new Hull Municipal School of Art was built after an architectural competition.
In 1930 the school was renamed Hull College of Arts and Crafts and then in 1962 the Regional College of Art and Design. The current building in Queens Gardens was built in1972, designed by the architectural partnership of Frederick Gibberd.
In 1976 the Art School was taken over by Hull College of Higher Education, then Humberside College of Higher Education, Humberside Polytechnic and eventually University of Humberside, which later became University of Lincolnshire and Humberside.
Despite this varied history, passing through the hands of several owners, Hull School of Art and Design has, until now, managed to maintain its profile and identity as one of the East Coast Art Schools, providing a link in a chain that starts with Norwich School of Art and moves further north to Cleveland and up to Edinburgh.
During a visit to HSAD last autumn, Richard Wilson, whose sculpture Slipstream is now installed in Terminal 2 at Heathrow, commented that he thought Hull School of Art and Design had closed.
Fortunately that is not the case, but it highlights a perception that HSAD no longer exists. It is now part of the Hull College Group, a large grouping of several businesses related to education and training.
One of the highlights (and there were many) of my time at HSAD, was the degree show at the end of the three year course. In common with the tradition of art college degree shows, this is an occasion when employers, friends, family and members of the public can celebrate student creativity and achievement.
Last week I received an invitation to the 2014 graduating year's Degree Show and noticed with dismay that the HSAD logo had disappeared.
As a Student Rep during my time studying at HSAD, my contemporaries and I frequently requested that the identity and the tradition of the School should be nurtured.
Students applying to Art College have a very clear idea of the sort of ethos and ambience they expect and HSAD has the potential to be one of the best.
As we prepare to welcome the world to our year long celebration of Culture in Hull 2017, what better way to showcase the city’s commitment to culture, the arts and education than through this historic institution which, like Glasgow School of Art, is in the great tradition of British Art Schools?
As the fire in Glasgow reminds us; the spirit of these institutions is a precious inheritance. It is a gift which should not be lightly passed over.
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