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Peter Capaldi (Pic: BBC)
Peter Capaldi (Pic: BBC)
Peter Capaldi (Pic: BBC)

Peter Capaldi has taken time out while shooting Season Eight of Doctor Who to lend his support to a campaign to restore the historic Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art, after it was damaged by fire last month.

Peter, who graduated from the GSA in 1980 after studying Graphic Design, has not only signed up to be a trustee for the campaign, which hopes to raise around $35 million to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s glorious creation to its former glory, he also took the time to record a special message for the students whose degree work had been lost in the fire.

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The Mackintosh Appeal was launched yesterday, with Brad Pitt—a big Mackintosh fan—also agreeing to be on the board of trustees.

Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art told the press: “Our priority to date has been to address the immediate physical and academic impact of the fire. We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support from around the world since the fire and are hugely grateful to all those people who have donated. This support, along with that of the Scottish Government, has been vital. It has enabled us to put in place the Phoenix Bursaries programme to help those students who were most affected by the fire.”

“We are now beginning to look forward to the work we will need to do to return the Mackintosh building to its former glory, and to make sure it continues to be a fit and inspiring place for our students to make work.”

Peter added: “I hope we can come together to help raise the funds to restore the Mackintosh Building it to its former grace. It always seemed to me, when I studied there, both as a student and as a child in Saturday morning art classes, an exotic place of the imagination… all nooks and crannies, guarded by stern ancient statues and full of artistic possibilities.

“There is no greater symbol of the artistic spirit of Scotland than the Mackintosh Building. But more than that it is a symbol of where art belongs, rising as it does out of the heart of a great city. A mighty castle on a hill, it is a part of me, and of all Glaswegians.”

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By Fraser McAlpine