Part of Margaret Tait Commission
We 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, coinciding with an exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds.
‘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.
‘On Clogger Lane’ will be exhibited at The Tetley, Leeds, from 20 January – 14 May 2023, alongside archival materials relating to local history, activism and protest in and around the Washburn Valley, where the film takes place.
“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.” – Andrew Black
Tickets for the screening at Glasgow Film Theatre will be released in the new year.
‘On Clogger Lane’ will be accompanied by captions and audio description.
The screening will be free to attend, but ticketed. A limited number of wheelchair accessible tickets will be available. Tickets will be available to book directly through Glasgow Film Theatre here in the new year.
Glasgow Film Theatre has level access at the main entrance with a permanent ramp. Cinema 1, an accessible toilet and the upstairs bar can be reached via lift.
For information about The Tetley’s venue access, please see their website here.
Image description: a Northern English valley with green rolling hills and lush trees is dotted with ruined stoned buildings and intersected by a narrow road lined by dry stone walls. 3 cars drive along the road, one black, one red, and one blue. The foliage has hints of burnt brown, red and yellow. Looming large on the horizon are white surveillance radomes, the sky is dark grey behind these huge geodesic domes.
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.
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.
Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Creative Scotland.