Margaret Tait Award & Residency 2023 Open for Nominations and Applications

LUX Scotland is delighted to announce the call for two opportunities. Nominations are now open for the Margaret Tait Award in partnership with Glasgow Film and applications for the Margaret Tait Residency delivered in partnership with and taking place at the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.

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Image: Margaret Tait on set of 'Blue Black Permanent', 1992. Courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.

The Margaret Tait Award is Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists, delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film and backed 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.

The Margaret Tait Residency is an opportunity for emerging artists working with film and moving image to develop their practice, delivered in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, and backed by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The selected artist will For Immediate Release: Wednesday 5 October 2022 be provided with time, space, freedom and support to concentrate upon the development of their work without the demand for public presentation.

The deadline for both opportunities is Monday 7 November, 5pm GMT.

The selection panel for the Margaret Tait Award is comprised of Duncan Marquiss, Glasgow based artist and Margaret Tait Award 2015 recipient; Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of INIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), London; Julia Paoli, Director & Curator of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto; Ainslie Roddick, Director of ATLAS Arts, Isle of the Skye; Kitty Anderson, Director of LUX Scotland; and Anne Petrie, Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland.

The selection panel for the Margaret Tait Residency is comprised of Sarah Forrest, Glasgow based artist and previous Margaret Tait Residency recipient; Jesse Mpango, curator and co-founder of Ajabu Ajabu Audio Visual House, Tanzania; Kari Adams, Curatorial Assistant at the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney; Eve Smith, Learning Programme Manager at LUX Scotland; and Sarah Smyth, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland.

The 2023 award and residency will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2023. Sulaïman Majali, recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2022, will present their new film at GFF23, followed by a solo exhibition at LUX in London in October 2023 and a tour across Scotland.

Previous award recipients have included Sulaïman Majali, Andrew Black, Emilia Beatriz, Jamie Crewe, Alberta Whittle, Sarah Forrest, Kate Davis, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Maclean, Stephen Sutcliffe, Anne-Marie Copestake and Torsten Lauschmann. Previous residency recipients included Matthew Cosslett, Florrie James and Sarah Forrest.

About the Margaret Tait Award

Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. The only award of its kind in Scotland, it allows LUX Scotland, Glasgow Film and Creative Scotland to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the careers of new filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.

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. This year the recipient of the award will receive the increased budget of £20,000 to produce an ambitious new work. The film will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival the following year and will subsequently tour with LUX Scotland, including a solo exhibition at LUX’s exhibition space in London.

For the 2023 award we have introduced the new role of a producer to provide dedicated production support for the selected artist. This role will bolster the existing administrative work and broader curatorial guidance provided by LUX Scotland. The award is also For Immediate Release: Wednesday 5 October 2022 accompanied by an access budget to support the costs of captioning and audio describing the commission.

Eligible artists are nominated through an open call process, which allows anyone (the general public, as well as arts professionals and artists) both within and outwith Scotland to put forward an artist. Nominations are assessed by a panel of artists and professionals from across the fields of the visual arts and film. Shortlisted artists are then asked to present proposals for the commission. Shortlisted artists are paid a fee for their time and those not selected for the award are offered a session with one panel member to talk about their work in more detail.

About the Margaret Tait Residency

The Margaret Tait Residency builds upon the legacy of the residency delivered by Glasgow Film in 2012–2014. Aimed at emerging artists working in film and moving image with up to 5 years professional experience, the residency provides time and support for developing work and practice without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. The residency will take place at the Pier Arts Centre’s newly renovated facility Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency for up to 6 weeks with an artists’ fee of £152.21 per day (based on SAU new graduate residency salary for 2021/22) and accompanying travel and access support funds. The residency will take place between October 2023 and March 2024.

The residency supports artists wishing to focus upon specific projects as well as those keen to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. The selected artist will have a tailored package of support from LUX Scotland and the Pier Arts Centre, with the option of presenting outcomes of the residency with Glasgow Film. This package includes a budget for mentoring and training.

Eligible artists are invited to apply through an open call process. Shortlisted artists are then asked to present a proposal for the residency and paid a fee for their time.

Kitty Anderson, Director, LUX Scotland, said: 'We are delighted to launch the call for nominations for the annual Margaret Tait Award and to be increasing both the production budget and the level of support for the selected artist. We are also really pleased to be able to continue the Margaret Tait Residency with our partners at Pier Arts Centre in Orkney and vital support from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. This combination of opportunities helps to support artists to develop their practice at varying stages of their careers and we look forward to viewing the wide range of submissions from artists across the country.'

Duncan Marquiss, recipient of the Margaret Tait Award in 2015, said: 'I received the award in 2015, it was a great opportunity that gave me time and money to develop a new work. LUX Scotland were very supportive but left me room to figure things out as I went. The film I made was my most ambitious to date, and it was a lot of fun to watch it in the cinema at the festival. I’m happy to be on the selection panel this year and excited to hear what the nominated artists want to make.'

Sarah Forrest, recipient of the Margaret Tait Residency in 2012 and Margaret Tait Award in 2017, and part of the residency selection panel, said: 'When I was awarded the Margaret Tait Residency (2012), moving image was a fairly recent addition to my creative practice and so to participate in a residency that was geared toward early career artists was not only a boost to my confidence but also an incredible opportunity to develop my skills. The residency in Orkney gave me time and space away from my usual commitments and routines to focus on ‘practice’. What was exceptional about the residency, and set it aside from other residencies I had participated in, was the continued support that I received on returning home. The combination of having the space and time for creative practice along with the professional development and support had a significant and lasting impact on my moving image practice. It’s a real privilege to sit on this year’s Margaret Tait Residency selection panel and I’m looking forward to spending time with other artists’ work and ideas.'

Kari Adams, Curatorial Assistant, the Pier Arts Centre, said: 'This is a wonderful opportunity to be working with emerging artists in film, and I am very grateful to have been invited to join the selection panel for the Margaret Tait Residency 2023. We are very excited to be hosting at the Pier Arts Centre’s Linkshouse Orkney Arts Residency situated on the west shoreline of the island. Orkney offers inspirational ground for artists across all art forms - the landscape and its communities allow for a rich experience which stimulates and nurtures creative exchange and collaboration, often in new and resounding ways.'

Allison Gardner, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film, said: 'We are delighted that the nominations for the Margaret Tait Award 2023 are now open. It is always a highlight to screen the award recipient’s work at Glasgow Film Festival with an audience of influential filmmakers and film lovers from around the world. We are also pleased that the budget for the selected artist has increased to £20,000, which reflects the importance and considerable value of cultural work. We are proud to be a founding partner of this significant award supporting artists who work with moving image.'

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

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