In May 2014, fire destroyed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. Seeing beyond the devastation, J. Walter Thompson London sent 25 world-famous artists a piece of charcoal salvaged from the Mackintosh building. The idea was for them to use the charcoal to create new works of art. These would then be auctioned to raise funds and publicity for the rebuilding of the school.
When the iconic Glasgow School of Art was destroyed in a fire, the agency sent ashes from the blaze to selected artists. They made new art works from the cinders and auctioned these off to raise money for the reconstruction of the school.
When tragedy struck, burning down the Glasgow School of Art, a symbol of art for 120 years, the school decided to turn Ash to Art. They sent pieces of the burnt ruins to 25 renowned local artists and asked them to make art out of the wreckage. Each original piece of art was auctioned off - sparking a national conversation about art and raising money to rebuild the school.