Glasgow School of Art (GSA) was founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government Schools of Design. Its aim is 'to contribute to a better world through creative education and research'. As Scotland's premier art school, it is a specialist institution with approximately 1,700 students. It has produced most of Scotland's leading contemporary artists including, since 2005, 29% of Turner Prize nominees and three recent Turner Prize winners: Simon Starling in 2005, Richard Wright in 2009 and Martin Boyce in 2011.
The School is organised into the three academic schools, the Mackintosh School of Architecture (named after Charles Rennie Mackintosh the GSA's most famous alumnus), School of Design and School of Fine Art, each with their own academic programmes and research centres.
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The Glasgow School of Art is listed as the number one attraction in Glasgow on popular travel forum tripadvisor.co.uk. Daily tours are given to visitors by GSA students, providing an excellent perspective with expert inside knowledge.