Kirkcudbright visitors help Glasgow art school appeal

Mr Alan Horn, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, Joe Campbell.
Mr Alan Horn, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, Joe Campbell.

Visitors to this year’s annual Kirkcudbright art exhibition helped raised £6,500 towards repairing the fire-ravaged Glasgow School of Art.

The school’s iconic Mackintosh Building suffered devastating damage after a fire in May, and in support, Joe Campbell, chair of the Kirkcudbright 2000 group which organises the town’s summer exhibitions, pledged financial help.

And half of the cash donations collected at the ‘Glasgow Girls 1920-1960’ exhibition were pledged to the appeal

The exhibition attracted almost 22,000 visits, surpassing the group’s target.

At a presentation ceremony in the Glasgow Art Club last week, Joe Campbell and Kirkcudbright 2000’s patron, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, were delighted to hand over a cheque for £6,500 to the appeal.

Receiving the donation, Mr Alan Horn, Director of Development at the Glasgow School of Art, responded: “The Glasgow School of Art is delighted to have the support of the community who enjoy the incredible annual exhibitions organised by Kirkcudbright 2000.

“The astonishing generosity of the visitors in raising such a significant sum is appreciated not just by the Trustees, but by the global community which recognises the significance of the Mackintosh building to the School and the wider artistic world. We could not be more pleased, nor more grateful”.

More information on the Mackintosh appeal can be found at gsa.ac.uk/support-gsa/the-mackintosh-appeal . The School aims to raise £20m towards the appeal.