GSA bosses ‘out­raged’ at fire show

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY NIALL CHRISTIE

BOSSES at Glas­gow School of Art have said they are out­raged after it was re­vealed a fire danc­ing show was held within their build­ings on the an­niver­sary of a dev­as­tat­ing blaze. Ex­clu­sive footage ob­tained by our sis­ter pa­per The Her­ald on Sun­day showed a stunt per­formed dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion party at The Art School stu­dent union led to the build­ing be­ing evac­u­ated. The in­ci­dent, which took place in the early hours of June 15, saw a woman sus­pend her­self from ropes, dance and strip in front of a carpet of naked flame be­fore emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the Reid Build­ing in Ren­frew Street. Politi­cians and trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tives have hit out at the “mis­man­age­ment” of the school, as well as the con­tin­u­ing dis­pute be­tween staff at the Glas­gow School of Art Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion (GSASA), which runs the stu­dent union, over loss of in­come and work­ing con­di­tions. The Glas­gow School of Art ini­tially re­fused to com­ment on the is­sue, claim­ing events held at the venue were the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion. Now, bosses have said they take in­ci­dents such as this “ex­tremely se­ri­ously”, brand­ing the per­for­mance “un­ac­cept­able”. A spokesman said: “We fully un­der­stand and share the out­rage ex­pressed about this en­tirely un­ac­cept­able in­ci­dent, but re­it­er­ate that, as we have been ex­plicit in re­cent weeks, the Glas­gow School of Art Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and GSASA Ltd, also known as The Art School, are both sep­a­rate le­gal and char­i­ta­ble en­ti­ties from the Glas­gow School of Art. There­fore the abil­ity of Glas­gow School of Art to in­ter­vene in GSASA Ltd is lim­ited. “We take any and all breaches of health and safety or fire safety ex­tremely se­ri­ously, in­clud­ing in build­ings the GSA leases to third par­ties, as in this case to GSASA. “When no­ti­fied of this wholly un­ac­cept­able in­ci­dent we took im­me­di­ate ac­tion, re­quir­ing the GSASA to re­view their ac­tiv­i­ties in the build­ing they lease from the GSA.”

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