Cornelia Parker in 'Ash to Art' project

Cornelia Parker (Rome Award Fine Arts 1989–90) will be contributing new work to the Ash to Art project, which hopes to raise a significant sum in aid of the campaign to rebuild the Mackintosh Library, which was destroyed by a fire in May 2014. The campaign involves twenty five artists, who have each been sent a piece of debris from the remains of the library to transform into new work. The artwork will be on display at Christie’s in London’s King Street from 3–7 March, and on Wednesday 8 March it will be auctioned during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale.

‘The Glasgow School of Art understands its responsibility to restore the Mackintosh Building, we are custodians of an iconic piece of world architectural heritage, and also recognised that it must be brought back to the heart of the campus as an appropriate, contemporary and safe academic environment… At a total project cost of £80 million, the Mackintosh Campus Appeal will sympathetically and authentically restore the world-famous Mackintosh Building and return it to the heart of our campus, enable us to recover from the consequences of the fire and also fund the purchase and refurbishment of the Stow building’ — Glasgow School of Art website

You can read the BBC report on the project here.