Wolfson’s Foundation has donated £450,000 to Glasgow School of Art, to expand its Garnethill campus and to repair the Macintosh building that was badly burned by a fire in 2014.
The Wolfson Foundation has given out more than £800 million to almost 10,000 projects in the UK for the sake of science, health, education and the arts & humanities. Its generous donation to the Glasgow School of Art Campus Appeal will help the University’s aim to raise £32 million in a bid to renovate its Garnethill campus, which includes the burnt Macintosh building from 2014.
The foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. The foundation was named in the honor of Sir Isaac Wolfson, who was awarded the Freedom of Glasgow in 1971 and died in 1991 at the age of 93.Wolfson, his wife, and their son, Leonard, were the charity’s Founder Trustees.
The Wolfson Foundation’s donation to the Glasgow School of Art appeal was preceded by another generous donation of £90,000 from the WM Mann Foundation.
Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation, said: “The Mackintosh Building is internationally renowned as a masterpiece of 20th century architecture at the heart of the Glasgow School of Art.”
“We were impressed not only by the bravery, ambition and energy with which the School has responded to the traumatic events of May 2014, but also by the sensitivity with which this restoration has been conceived – not in isolation, but as part of a wider strategic vision for the School’s future.
“We are delighted to be supporting this important regeneration project, and helping to revitalise an outstanding building in the city of our founder’s birth.”
The Mackintosh building is already being renovated and rebuilt, with its monumental Mackintosh Library aimed to maintain its previous design.