Saddell house schools’ scheme to boost creativity

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By a Courier reporter

Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will open the doors of Kintyre’s Saddell house to Scottish S5 pupils interested in architecture.

GSA currently works with 90 schools across the West of Scotland as part of its Widening Participation programme.

It offers a range of different opportunities to help support students who have passion, commitment and creative ambition but need additional help to overcome barriers to accessing higher education.

S5 pupils with an interest in studying architecture will be able to apply to undertake a GSA study residency in Saddell House next June.

During the residency they will work on creative and research briefs which will encourage them to engage with the local surroundings and investigate the role of architects in the creation and stewardship of Scotland’s built environment.

‘We are delighted that the Landmark Trust selected the GSA as one of the handful of institutions who will benefit from their Landmark Futures scheme next year,’ said Professor Tom Inns, GSA director.

The GSA’s Widening Participating team works across 90 target schools in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Annually 500 young people benefit from a wide range of activities that provide specialist, practical support and that recognize both the critical role of a strong portfolio of work and the need for young people to build cultural capital to support their application to higher education.

This work is having an impact with 22.2 per cent of Scottish first year entrants to GSA coming from the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland by 2014-15.

Caroline Stanford, historian and head of engagement at Landmark Trust, who conceived the scheme, said: ‘Landmark’s historic buildings are invariably inspiring and invigorating places for conversation and thought, for reading and writing as well as great bases for holidays.

‘As part of our charitable outreach, the futures scheme makes Landmark’s buildings explicitly available as stimulating settings for such intellectual endeavour.

‘The output is up to those who benefit. It’s exciting to imagine what might come out of these study stays – you could perhaps see futures as the Landmark Trust trying to do its bit for the future of the human race.’

An arial view of Saddell bay. NO_c51Saddell Bay01_ariea_Saddell House

Saddell House owned by the landmark Trust.  NO_c51Saddell-House02