Ruthless artist blasts Glasgow School of Art as ‘fun factory’

‘The students all want to be rich and famous but do fuck all’

A heartless Scottish artist and playwright tore into Glasgow School of Art and its pupils, even calling the lost work in last year’s fire “garbage”.

John Byrne attacked the prestigious institution which he himself studied at, calling it a “third rate school” and “fun factory”. He said:

“Not one of them can draw – they have delusions of grandeur. It’s no longer an art school – it’s more like a fun factory.”


He also criticised the £750,000 compensation that was handed to students after the fire that destroyed many artists’ final work. He said:  “The students all want to be rich and famous but do fuck all.

“They all think they’re going to be huge and get instant payment. For the vast majority of them it won’t happen.”

The fire was in May 2014, and destroyed the library of the famous Mackintosh building. It was started by flammable gases from a canister of expanding foam coming into contact with the hot surface of a projector.

The outspoken attack was originally to Highland Life magazine.

His scathing rant was ended with: “They got compensated £750,000 for the loss of their garbage.”