Glasgow School of Art is nothing more than a fun factory': John Byrne launches astonishing attack on Mackintosh institution
BYRNE described work lost in last year's fire at the GSoA as "garbage" and says students there "have delusions of grandeur".
SCOTS artist and playwright John Byrne has passed off one one of Scotland's most prestigious institutions as a "third rate night school".
Paisley-born Byrne described work lost in the Glasgow School of Art fire as "garbage" - criticising the £750,000 compensation handed to students.
Despite being a former pupil at the school, 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."
The May 2014 blaze that destroyed the library of the Mackintosh building was started by flammable gases from a canister of expanding foam which came into contact with the hot surface of a projector.
In an outspoken attack, the internationally-renowned artist told Highland Life magazine: "They got compensated £750,000 for the loss of their garbage.
"The students all want to be rich and famous but do f**k all.
"They all think they're going to be huge and get instant payment.
"For the vast majority of them it won't happen."