Margaret Tait Award Announcement and Screening: Jamie Crewe, Ashley at GFF20

Part of Margaret Tait Commission

2 March 2020

Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose St, Glasgow
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Jamie Crewe, Ashley, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

World premiere of the 2019/​20 Margaret Tait Award commission Ashley by Jamie Crewe.

Dragging a wheelie case behind them, Ashley arrives at an isolated, beachside cottage. They hope that this weekend in the countryside might be the change they need: a change from depression, from heartbreak, from the pain of a shifting identity. As the weekend unfolds, however, their hope wavers: things go wrong in their body, or perhaps in their mind — or perhaps there really is something, outside, developing an appetite for them…

The Margaret Tait Award is Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists. 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. Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Screen Scotland.

The recipient of the 2020/​21 Margaret Tait Award will be announced at the screening. The screening will be followed by a drinks reception at Civic House. This year’s reception is kindly sponsored by Bruichladdich Distillery.

A transcript of the film will be available as part of the screening handout.

Content notes:

Certificate 15. Contains sexually explicit language and depictions of blood.

Venue access:

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) is located on Rose Street, accessible by Cowcaddens subway station, Central and Queen Street train stations, and 3, 4, 6, 7, 17, 38, 57, 75, 60, 61 and 77 bus services. There is limited on street parking outside GFT. Venue access information can be found on the GFT website.

Civic House is located on Civic Street, accessible by Cowcaddens subway station and 7, 17, 60, 61 and 75 buses, a 10 minute walk from GFT. There is limited on street parking outside Civic House. There are 4 steps up to the main entrance. For step-free access to the building, please press the doorbell (located around 2 meters to the left of the main door) and a staff member will come to meet you there. A stair-lift is located inside that goes from street level to ground floor level. There is accessible and gender neutral toilets on the ground floor, where the reception is taking place.

A map of the venue locations can be seen here.

About the artist

Jamie Crewe

Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte’s head. Now settled in Glasgow, Jamie grew up in the Peak District, and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 with a BA in Contemporary Fine Art, and from Glasgow School of Art in 2015 with a Master of Fine Art. They have presented several solo exhibitions: Solidarity & Love, Humber Street Gallery, Hull (2020); Love & Solidarity, Grand Union, Birmingham (2020); Pastoral Drama, Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Female Executioner, Gasworks, London (2017); and But what was most awful was a girl who was singing, Transmission, Glasgow (2016). Their work has also been presented as part ofI, I, I, I, I, I, I Kathy Acker at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; as part of the KW Production Series at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin; as part of the Glasgow International 2018 Director’s Programme in the group show Cellular World at GoMA, Glasgow; and as part of the Artists’ Moving Image Festival 2016 at Tramway, Glasgow. www​.jamiecrewe​.co​.uk

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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