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Glasgow School of Art: Bursary scheme to help students

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Image caption GSA is still assessing the cost and damage of Friday's fire

Glasgow School of Art (GSA) is creating special bursaries to help students who lost work in last week's fire at its iconic Mackintosh building.

The scheme aims to give students studio time to develop and make new work.

Meanwhile, the Scottish government is to provide up to £5m match-funding for GSA's Mackintosh Building Fire Fund to help restore the site.

The art school is still assessing the extent and cost of the damage following Friday's blaze.

GSA director, Professor Tom Inns, said it was a priority to help students who had lost work in the fire to rebuild their portfolios.

'Beating heart'

"In the aftermath of Friday's fire the GSA was overwhelmed with offers of support, including offers of studio space from the Scottish art schools and from a broad portfolio of other art colleges in the UK, Europe and USA," he said.

"The beating heart of the GSA is its students and our priority is to ensure that all those most seriously affected by the fire are given the opportunity to rebuild their practice.

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Image caption A fund has been launched to restore the world-famous Mackintosh building

"The GSA will therefore create special bursaries which will enable the students to have sufficient studio time to develop their practice and make new work."

At the height of the blaze, about 200 firefighters were at the scene, with some crews being drafted in from other parts of Scotland.

Crews managed to save about 70% of the building's contents.

Government help

Professor Inns said previously that the main damage was to the west wing of the Mackintosh building, built between 1907-09 - which included the Mackintosh library.

The 1897-99 part of the site, including the Mackintosh Museum and Mackintosh Room, had "survived intact", he said.

In the aftermath of the fire, GSA launched the Mackintosh Building Fire Fund after receiving numerous offers of financial help to restore the world-famous building.

Image caption Documents and art works are being removed from the art school

First Minister Alex Salmond said the Scottish government would match up to £5m in donations.

He said: "The Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art is truly unique and last week's fire was a devastating blow for students and staff as well as the wider arts and architecture community worldwide. The very severe damage to the building's iconic library, in particular, is a cultural loss of significant magnitude.

"The 'Mack' is an extraordinary building. It is an architectural gem and the artistic heart of Glasgow. It can and will be restored, and everything which can be done must be done to deliver this.

"That is why the Scottish government is committed to providing an appropriate level of financial support and we will, in the first instance, provide up to £5m match-funding for the GSA's Mackintosh Building Fire Fund."

The fire service is working with Police Scotland to identify the cause of the blaze.

Some students have suggested it could have started in the basement when a spark from a projector caught a piece of foam.

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