Margaret Tait Award 2023 | Open for Nominations

Part of Margaret Tait Commission

Please note that the deadline was 7 November 2022 and has now passed

A colour photograph of Margaret Tait on the set of Blue Black Permanent. In the foreground Tait sits in a directors chair, her name illustrated on the back, with her back to the camera as she turns her head looking to the left of the frame. She wears clear framed glasses and her white hair blows in the wind. In the background a man stands on the shore with a camera on a tripod, his ankles covered by the sea, against a blue sky.
Margaret Tait on set of 'Blue Black Permanent', 1992. Courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.

Nominations are open for the Margaret Tait Award 2023 – the deadline is Monday 7 November, 5pm. Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, backed by 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.

Deadline for nominations is Monday 7 November, 5pm.

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 including an artist fee of £6,440. 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 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.

The selection panel for the Margaret Tait Award is comprised of Duncan Marquiss, Glasgow based artist and Margaret Tait Award 2015 recipient; Julia Paoli, Director & Curator of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto; Sepake Angiama, Artistic Director of INIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), London; 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 2023 award 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.

Who can be nominated?

  • Artists who are based in Scotland.

  • Artists who have developed a significant body of work over the past 5 – 10 years and are at the cusp of a major impact on the artists’ moving image sector. 5 – 10 years does not have to be consecutive years of practice and can begin from a point in an artist’s career that is deemed to be the beginning of their working practice.

  • Artists who are contributing to the critical context of artists’ moving image production in Scotland at the time of nomination.

  • There is no age restriction.

  • Artists do not have to have been in formal education, attended art school or university.

  • Collectives, groups and collaborations are eligible as long as there is demonstration of working collectively over a sustained amount of time. Please note, the award amount would remain the same in this instance.

  • We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who are currently students.

  • We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who have already been shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award three times.

  • Artists can be eligible for both the Margaret Tait Award and the Margaret Tait Residency, but cannot undertake both opportunities. If an artist is entered for both opportunities, we will ask them which opportunity they would prefer to pursue at the point of nomination /​application.

How to make a nomination

To nominate an artist, please provide the following information:

  • Up to 200 words on the artist’s career to date, their impact on the sector and your reasons for nominating.

  • The artist’s contact details.

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You can nominate more than one 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, with an accompanying artists’ fee.

The visual arts sector in the UK currently does not reflect the communities in which it works. LUX Scotland is committed to addressing this through all aspects of its work and we particularly welcome nominations for artists from Black and other global majority backgrounds, from low income backgrounds and disabled people.

Deadline for nominations

Deadline for nominations is Monday 7 November, 5pm. The shortlist will be announced in December 2022. The recipient of the Margaret Tait Award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2023.

Access and support

Support in making a nomination:

Video or voice recordings are welcome in place of a written nomination. Please send the following:

  • Up to 2 minutes of video/​voice recording on the artist’s career to date, their impact on the sector and your reasons for nominating. Please send this as an attachment or link.

  • The artist’s contact details.

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Support for nominated artists:

Artists will be asked to provide a brief artist statement in support of their nomination. This can be a written statement, a video or voice recording.

Shortlisted artists have the following support available:

  • The presentations for shortlisted artists will take place on Zoom individually.

  • BSL interpretation and live captioning is available.

  • Mobile data and /​or support for internet connection is available.

  • Questions from the panel will be provided in advance of the meeting.

  • Artists will be contacted individually to submit their presentations and the LUX Scotland team will work with you to devise the best way for you to present your proposal. This can include, but is not limited to, presenting a pre-recorded video, a slide show presentation, or providing links to example works.

  • Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of £605.6 for their time in making and presenting their proposal for the residency. This fee is calculated at Scottish Artists Union rates.

  • Mentoring will be available for shortlisted artists following the outcome of the award with a member of the panel to discuss their work in more detail.

  • Upon notification, shortlisted artists will be asked if they have any access requirements to partake in the selection process, and we welcome shortlisted artists to submit access riders if they have them.

The selected artist will have the following support:

The £20,000 prize includes an artist fee of £6,440, based on 1 day a week for 12 months including National Insurance and pension at the equivalent of a £28K annual salary. The remaining £13,560 is for production.

The award comes with tailored access support for the recipient, which will be discussed individually with the selected artist. For the 2023 award we have introduced the new role of a producer to provide dedicated production support for the selected artist.

Information Sessions

We are offering information sessions to discuss any aspect of the nomination and application processes. These 15 minute one-to-one meetings with a member of the LUX Scotland team are aimed at the following people:

  • Those wanting to make a nomination for the Margaret Tait Award 2023.
  • Artists who are eligible for the Margaret Tait Award 2023.

Further information and booking for our information sessions can be found here.

Booking for our Information sessions with BSL interpretation can be found here.

Margaret Tait Award Selection Panel

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

Duncan Marquiss

Duncan Marquiss is an artist based in Glasgow who makes videos and drawings. He was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2015. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Here In This Room’, Sheffield Doc Fest, 2021; Mirror Test’, Vdrome​.org, 2020; In The Open’, The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2020; Projections’, Tyneside Cinema, 2020; Stalking The Image: Margaret Tait & Her Legacy’, GoMA, Glasgow, 2019; We Would Be Lost Without You’, Experimenta, BFI London Film Festival, 2018; Copying Errors’, solo exhibition, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2016.

Julia Paoli

Julia Paoli is a curator based in Toronto. She is Director & Curator at Mercer Union, where since 2017 she has provided leadership for the centre’s mandate to support the production of new and experimental work. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Aimée Zito Lema: Scryer in the Archive (2022); Lawrence Abu Hamdan: 45th Parallel (2022); Onyeka Igwe: The Real Story is What’s In That Room (2021); Native Art Department International: Bureau of Aesthetics (2020); Beatrice Gibson: Plural Dreams of Social Life (2019); Bambitchell: Bugs and Beasts Before the Law (2019); Laure Prouvost & Jonas Staal: Obscure Union (2019); Anne Low & Evan Calder Williams: The Fine Thread of Deviation (2018); Sophia Al Maria: Black Friday (2018); among others. Previously, Paoli held the position of Associate Curator at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (2017 – 2013) and is the editor of Draw the Line”, a critical reader on the work of Jimmy Robert. In 2011 Paoli received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Sepake Angiama

Sepake Angiama’s praxis stems from radical pedagogies, black feminist thought, rethinking human/non-human relations and is rooted in how we might reimagine and inhabit the world otherwise. Through continued and sustained dialogues and collaborations with artists she initiated under the mango tree – a gathering of artist-led schools centring unlearning, decolonising and indigenous practices. She has developed educational programmes for various institutions, including Tate Modern, documenta 14 and Manifesta 12. She is the artistic director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (iniva), dedicated to developing artistic research, radial education practices, collective study, publishing and community-led commissioning that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. In 2022 she joined the Transnational Restitution Movement led by Studio Rhizoma and Group 5050.

Ainslie Roddick

Ainslie Roddick lives and works in the Isle of Skye. She is Director of ATLAS Arts, which supports artist commissions, events, publishing projects, residencies and alternative education projects across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. She is interested in making spaces to gather differently through cultural practice, and loves producing artist film and moving image, and making books. Whilst working as Curator at CCA Glasgow she became interested in libraries, publishing and open source resources – co-founding Publication Studio Glasgow and Glasgow Seed Library. With the team at ATLAS she is exploring ways to collectively share and embed philosophies of degrowth.

Kitty Anderson

Kitty Anderson is Director at LUX Scotland. She was previously Curator at The Common Guild, Glasgow, Associate Director of The Modern Institute and Associate Curator of Frieze Projects. Kitty is a visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art and was previously a mentor on the MLitt in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art). She has contributed to various publications and exhibition catalogues, participated in a number of selection panels, and given talks and presentations at various galleries and museums around the UK.

Image description: A colour photograph of Margaret Tait on the set of Blue Black Permanent. In the foreground Tait sits in a directors chair, her name illustrated on the back, with her back to the camera as she turns her head looking to the left of the frame. She wears clear framed glasses and her white hair blows in the wind. In the background a man stands on the shore with a camera on a tripod, his ankles covered by the sea, against a blue sky.



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