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The Glasgow School of Art to establish a campus at Blairs Steading, Altyre

12 May 2016

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has confirmed today, 12 May 2016, that with the support of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) it is establishing a campus at Blairs Steading on the Altyre Estate close to Forres. 

The Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands is a further development of the on-going relationship between HIE and the GSA.

The GSA and HIE are already delivering innovative programmes, bringing together leading academics and researchers with businesses and local communities, through the Creative Futures Partnership.

The introduction of The Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands is set to bring further benefits to the region and accelerate the development of an international reputation for creativity in the Highlands and Islands.

“Our Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands is a vital part of the GSA’s national and international presence, complementing our main campus at Garnethill in Glasgow and our Singapore campus in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology,” said Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art.

“The development of our presence in Forres, and more broadly in the Highlands and Islands, is integral to helping us achieve our aspiration to be a global leader in studio-based learning and research, building on our position as a Global Top 20 art school. It will also support collaboration across the disciplines within the GSA as well as with other academic, third-sector and industry partners.”

David Oxley, HIE area manager in Moray, said: “The Blairs Steadings development is bringing previously disused buildings back into productive use as a world class university research and teaching facility. It is ideal as a permanent location for The Glasgow School of Art’s growing presence in the region, and I am delighted this has been confirmed. The move forms part of a much larger initiative that will bring social and economic benefits, not just in Moray but across the Highlands and Islands.”

“The Creative Campus at Altyre will enable the GSA to develop different ways of teaching and to undertake research of specific relevance to geographically dispersed communities,” adds Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam OBE, Head of the School of Design at the GSA and Director of Creative Campus, Highlands and Islands. “In collaboration with HIE we will bring the benefits of the GSA’s established partnerships with global businesses and international academic institutions to support the development of the creative capabilities of students, enterprises, communities and government in the region.”

Researchers, staff and students from the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation (InDI) will move to Altyre from their current base in Forres later in 2016.

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