Artist Kenneth Burns has spoken of his devastation and grief over the two fires that destroyed Glasgow School of Art.
The Stornoway artist is one of many former students who expressed their sadness for what has become of the world-famous Mackintosh building following two infernos in 2014 and 2018.
They speak in a new documentary made by fellow GSoA graduate, Calum Angus Mackay, to be broadcast tomorrow. Talking about the first fire, Burns said: “I remember the flames cracking through the windows, there was dark smoke in the atmosphere and you could smell a fire. It was pretty horrible.
“It was a very emotional experience – people were crying, I was crying, and we were hugging each other. Old friends and colleagues had gathered to watch the fire and we were all emotionally overwhelmed by what we were seeing.”
Other artists and graduates to feature in the BBC Alba documentary, Art On Fire, include Ishbel Murray, John D Urquhart, Maggie Smith and David Pratt. Mackay said: “It’s true to say that all former students are angry and sad that the iconic building has been neglected.
“I wanted this story told through the eyes of former and current art students.”
Trusadh – Mi Fhèin is Mackintosh (Art on Fire), BBC Alba, tomorrow, 9pm.
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