Glasgow School of Art studio set to be established in Clydebank as part of £500,000 plan

Up to £500,000 will be set aside by West Dunbartonshire Council to develop a new Glasgow School of Art studio in Clydebank.

Members of the cultural committee agreed to earmark money from the cultural capital fund, which could see a council facility at Richmond Street leased to the art school.

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The proposals, which have been in the works for around four years, would see the creation of studios and workspaces, provided an agreement can be reached between the local authority and the university.

An update was presented to Councilors on Friday where some concerns were raised about the cost of living crisis and setting aside such a large sum of money for this project.

Baillie chairman Dennis Agnew said: “It is quite important for West Dunbartonshire to be connected to such a prestigious organisation.

“Councillor McColl and I met the Head of Glasgow School of Art just over two years ago when we had earlier discussions. [with them].

“This proposal will have a huge impact on our citizens and the well-being of everyone in our society if it goes ahead.”

Union counselor John Millar wondered how the project would benefit residents struggling to make ends meet.

He said: “We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis. We’re allocating costs for a project that doesn’t seem very well aligned with our strategic priorities

“I don’t know how we’re going to measure that success.”

Chairman Baillie Agnew confirmed that the council was not “throwing” money at anything.

He said: “This is a proposal that will cost up to £500,000. A huge society will benefit if this happens.

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“It’s not about pounds and shillings and pence. It’s about investing in people with an organization that shows how the arts can impact society. It’s not just about pictures on a wall, but about interacting with people and understanding where we are.

West Dunbartonshire council will now draft a business case to present to the committee which will outline how the project would work.

The members will then decide whether they want to continue or not.

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