2.5 years in the making and culminating in an auction titled Ash to Art, created by J. Walter Thompson London in collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art Development Trust, newly created art works were displayed at Christie’s in London King Street, then auctioned during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on 8th March 2017. All proceeds donated to The Mackintosh Campus Appeal.
Artists chosen by J. Walter Thompson London, and including seven Turner Prize winners, come from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to create a distinctive body of work, reflecting the international importance and influence of the Mackintosh Building on those who studied there and further afield. Other leading artists participating include Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, Conrad Shawcross, The Chapman Brothers and Sir Peter Blake.
The grand total tallied up to an astonishing £706,438 (inc all buyers premiums) with £570,000 of that going direct to the Mackintosh Campus appeal.
The diverse body of work includes Antony Gormley’s charcoal and latex on paper and Grayson Perry’s ceramic with the words “Art is dead. Long live Art.”
Grayson Perry, said: “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy.
I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obviously thing to do. The idea of memorialising or celebrating the difficulty - honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.
I really like the idea of using the charcoal from the fire. I thought it was very clever. It’s also fresh – it’s not something that has come up before. We’ve all been asked to do t shirts, knickers and mugs.“