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Glasgow School of Art takes over historic gallery

The staff are pleased at Car Hire Glasgow Airport with the news of the historic McLellan Galleries being used once again.

A historic gallery in Glasgow will be used by its former tenants more than a century ago, planning to return the building to its place at the heart of the city’s creative and cultural life.

Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is to take over the McLellan Galleries in Sauchiehall Street and invest up to £20 million. GSA used the building for 30 years from 1869 before moving to its current home in the nearby Mackintosh Building.

Glasgow City Council had been seeking a long-term tenant to take over and redevelop the galleries, and has now approved GSA plans. The McLellan Galleries are currently used by GSA after a fire tore through the school’s Mackintosh Building in May, with a 95-year lease beginning from September next year.

Initial plans are to create new covered central courtyard, café and exhibition space within the building and possibly a public route connecting the galleries to GSA’s Garnethill campus.

Professor Tom Inns, director of the Glasgow School of Art, said “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council has approved The Glasgow School of Art as long term-tenant for McLellan Galleries. The GSA occupied McLellan Galleries for 30 years from 1869 before moving into purpose-designed accommodation at 167 Renfrew Street – The Mackintosh Building. 100 years later, our plans and investment in the galleries will bring them back to life and secure their long-term future for both the school and the city.”