Andrew Black’s Margaret Tait Award commission On Clogger Lane to premiere at Glasgow Film Theatre

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Andrew Black, ‘On Clogger Lane’, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

LUX Scotland are pleased to announce that Margaret Tait Award 2021 recipient Andrew Black’s new commission On Clogger Lane will premiere at Glasgow Film Theatre on Tuesday 21 February 2023. To coincide, an exhibition of Andrew Black’s work, including this film, will be screened at The Tetley, Leeds, from 20 January – 14 May 2023.

On Clogger Lane explores how the infrastructures of capital have transformed the topography and social relations of a rural valley in the North of England, across generations. The film meanders through a landscape dominated by a monstrous satellite surveillance station, submerged beneath reservoirs, gouged by mines and quarries, and haunted by the traces of past inhabitants. On Clogger Lane incorporates conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and Communists, alongside archival material and an improvisational score, to explore the meeting points of passivity and protest, public and private, past and present, all coincident in the same patch of ancient land.

Andrew Black said: “Working on this commission has allowed me to revisit my relationship with a place I have known since childhood. After working in the Highlands for a couple of years, returning to my former home turf during the ongoing Tory apocalypse has been a complex experience — but it has allowed me to collaborate with family and friends, and to establish new connections with custodians of local heritage, activists, dissenters, protestors and people connected in various ways to their complicated patch of rural England. The conversations that have gone into this project have affirmed my enthusiasm for finding out local knowledge, built from deep interconnections between people and place, which can often suggest possible other, more convivial senses of belonging and forms of connectedness to each other.”

Kitty Anderson, Director, LUX Scotland said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Andrew to bring this challenging and complex new film to fruition, with ongoing support from Glasgow Film and Creative Scotland. It’s always a privilege to be given access to an artist’s working process, and we are incredibly grateful to Andrew for sharing this with us. We are really pleased to be presenting On Clogger Lane at Glasgow Film Theatre in February, and delighted that the work will also be included in his exhibition with The Tetley.”

Allison Gardner, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film, said: “We are delighted to host the screening premiere of Andrew Black’s Margaret Tait Award commission On Clogger Lane. We are proud to be a founding partner of this significant award and look forward to sharing Andrew’s experimental documentary with our audiences.”

About the Margaret Tait Award

Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918–99), the award recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, offering a unique avenue of commissioning and production support and providing a high-profile platform to exhibit newly commissioned work. Each year, the award is presented to an artist based in Scotland who has established a significant body of work over the past 5–10 years; is recognised by peers for their contribution to the artists’ moving image sector; and can demonstrate the significant impact that the award will have on the development of their practice.

Nominations are assessed by a panel of artists and professionals from across the fields of the visual arts and cinema. The 2021 Margaret Tait Award selection panel included Alberta Whittle (2018 Margaret Tait Award recipient); Kim McAleese (Director, Edinburgh Art Festival, previously Programme Director, Grand Union, Birmingham); Tina Fiske (Director, CAMPLE LINE, Dumfriesshire); Thomas Abercromby (artist and curator); Sean Greenhorn (Screen Scotland); and Kitty Anderson (Director, LUX Scotland, panel chair).

Previous Margaret Tait Award recipients include Sulaïman Majali; Emilia Beatriz; Jamie Crewe; Alberta Whittle; Sarah Forrest; Duncan Marquiss; Charlotte Prodger; Rachel Maclean; Stephen Sutcliffe; Anne-Marie Copestake; and Torsten Lauschmann.

Sulaïman Majali’s 2022 Margaret Tait Award commission will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2023, before touring to venues across the UK and being presented at LUX’s exhibition space in London.

Full details about the Margaret Tait Award can be found here.

About Andrew Black

Andrew black was born in Leeds and has lived in Glasgow since 2009. He was on the committee of Transmission gallery in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 took part in the Experimental Film & Moving Image Residency at Cove Park, and the Autumn Residency at Hospitalfield. He recently completed a commission with Atlas Arts as part of the Plural Future Community Film project on the Isle of Skye, exhibited with Aman Sandhu as part of Glasgow International Festival in June 2021. Andrew’s work was recently exhibited at Centre Clark, Montreal as part of The Magic Roundabout and the Naked Man with Aman Sandhu.

About LUX Scotland

LUX Scotland is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting artists’ moving image practices in Scotland. Working at the intersection of the contemporary visual arts and film sectors, its core activities include public exhibition and touring projects, learning and professional development for artists and arts professionals, distribution, commissioning and production support, research and sector advocacy. From its offices based in Glasgow, it works with a growing network of national and international partners, including museums, contemporary art organisations, film festivals and educational institutions, to deliver its programme. One of its current priorities is the establishment of a new distribution collection of artists’ moving image based in Scotland. Established in 2014, LUX Scotland is a part of LUX and is supported by Creative Scotland.

About Glasgow Film and Glasgow Film Festival

Glasgow Film is an educational charity which runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), Scotland’s original independent arthouse cinema and the home of film in Glasgow; Glasgow Film Festival (GFF), one of the UK’s leading public celebrations of cinema; and Glasgow Youth Film Festival (GYFF), a fast-growing international three-day festival co-curated by teenage film-lovers in the city. Glasgow Film is also the lead organisation for Film Hub Scotland, a membership organisation that supports more than 200 exhibitors across the country.

Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) is firmly established as a key event in the UK's film calendar. Having grown greatly in significance and as a key launching pad for films in recent years, the festival is one of the top film festivals in the UK. GFF continues to grow and develop its international reputation. The 2023 festival will take place from 1 to 12 March 2023.

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