I dont know if anyone’s seen the news but GSofA is currently burning and firefighters are there trying to put the fire out. It seems to be spreading quite badly, most of the studios seem to have been damaged, and I’m worried for the future of the building.
What I’ve gathered from talking to people who were there and overhearing conversations, is that the spark which started the fire was caused by a film projector being too close to something else and overheating, but the most serious thing was when someone’s work made of expanding foam, well, expanded and spread the blaze up a floor. Someone said that their studio wall literally exploded, and I do vaguely remember hearing a loud noise like that - although I put that down to just another part of the installation noises.
I heard the fire alarm but didn’t register is as such until a friend came and told me that there was an actual fire. Like most people, I though it was a joke until I saw students running from the scene shouting “FIRE”, at which point I joined them
A large building made of very old wood soaked in varnish and turpentine and oil paint and Very Flammable Stuff is not going to fare well against fire…
Outside many of the 4th year students were in tears, understandably so since their work had just gone up in flames, their degrees are at risk, and there’s little hope of the degree show going ahead for Fine Art this year.