Shortlist Announced for 2018/2019 Margaret Tait Award

Part of Margaret Tait Commission

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

The shortlist for the ninth Margaret Tait Award has been selected:

Aideen Doran

Alberta Whittle

Rob Kennedy

Corin Sworn

The recipient of the award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival 2018.

The Margaret Tait Award is a Glasgow Film Festival commission supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, inspired by the celebrated Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918 – 1999), a filmmaker and writer whose film poems, hand-painted animations and documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking.

Inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland, the Margaret Tait Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within the field of experimental filmmaking. The award aims to provide a high-profile platform for the winning artist to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience: the winner will have the opportunity to showcase their work at Glasgow Film Festival 2019

The 2018/​19 Margaret Tait Award panel consists of the following members: Mark Thomas (Creative Scotland), Nicole Yip (LUX Scotland), Sean Greenhorn (Glasgow Film Festival), Tessa Giblin (Talbot Rice), Nuno Sacramento (Peacock Visual Arts), Eoin Dara (Dundee Contemporary Arts), Sarah Perks (HOME), Torsten Lauschmann (former winner) and Dominic Paterson (Hunterian/​University of Glasgow).

Part of Margaret Tait Commission

The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, backed by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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