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Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is collaborating with one of Scotland’s best-loved contemporary artists to help contribute to the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Campus Appeal, which was established to help restore the building after a fire in May 2014.
Glengoyne has commissioned John Lowrie Morrison OBE, or Jolomo as he is known, to paint a collection of seasonal paintings inspired by Glengoyne Distillery. Each of the four paintings will be printed on limited edition whisky gift tins which will contain a bottle of 10 Year Old. The tins will be released annually, with a contribution from each sale being donated to The Mackintosh Campus Appeal.
‘Autumn Moon over Glengoyne’ is the first in the series from Jolomo and was officially unveiled today (10 October). Each of the remaining three paintings will be released annually until 2019, when the restoration funding programme for the school is set to close.
Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers said: “The main objective of this partnership is to help contribute to the recovery of this iconic and internationally recognised building. We want to aid the team at the Glasgow School of Art in securing its legacy and honing future talent at the school.
“Everyone’s enthusiasm regarding this project has been inspirational and we are thrilled to work with both Jolomo and the Glasgow School of Art especially given Glengoyne Distillery is so local to Glasgow.
“We will be working with the team at Glasgow School of Art in launching the limited edition tins in all our major markets internationally. This tin gives our customers a chance to see the distillery in all its autumnal beauty whilst playing their part in supporting a great cause.”
One of Scotland’s most celebrated contemporary painters for over 50 years, and a former student at Glasgow School of Art, John Lowrie Morrison was immediately drawn to the project given his history with the school and his desire to help restore the damaged building.
Jolomo said: “When I was asked to be involved in this project with Glengoyne and the Glasgow School of Art, I jumped at the chance, not just because it was for our dear Mack’s restoration but because in 1967 when I was in my first year at the art school, I spent a lot of time in the surrounding area.
“Also in 1971 I won a Landscape Scholarship from The Royal Academy Schools London and spent part of my Scholarship time drawing and painting Dumgoyne Hill which I used for the painting. I just love the way the past connects with the present.”
The Glasgow School of Art was built between 1897 and 1909. Following the tragic fire which damaged the art school in May 2014, The Mackintosh Appeal was set up to provide philanthropic support to enable the School to recover.
Alan Horn, Director of Development responsible for The Mackintosh Campus Appeal, said: “We are delighted that Glengoyne has chosen to support The Mackintosh Campus Appeal through this project, and also delighted to continue our relationship with Jolomo who has already generously supported it in a variety of ways since 2014. The project to restore the Mackintosh Building authentically and sympathetically is a project that has great local significance but one which has also attracted huge international interest. We are most grateful that Glengoyne has chosen to make a financial commitment to this great endeavour over the next few years, and look forward to working with them and Jolomo.”
About Glasgow School of Art:
The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries of Glasgow. However, the School’s lineage can be traced to 1753, when Robert Foulis established a school of art and design in Glasgow, described as “the single most influential factor in the development of eighteenth-century Scottish Art”. Today, The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe's leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines.
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