Margaret Tait 100

Nov 2018 to Nov 2019

Margaret Tait 100 is a year-long centenary celebration of the work of Scotland’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918–1999). The programme officially launches in November 2018 on the occasion of Tait’s birthday, and includes screenings, exhibitions, workshops, readings, new publishing, and commissioning opportunities for artists working with film.

The Margaret Tait 100 programme is run in partnership with LUX Scotland, University of Stirling, and Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. Supported by Creative Scotland.

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Film Commissions

As part of Margaret Tait 100, ten short films will be commissioned in response to the legacy of Tait. The commissions comprise of five new works from established artists, and a further five drawn from an open call process. The new commissions are by curator and filmmaker Ute Aurand; director and writer Mark Cousins; artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler; writer Ali Smith with artist and filmmaker Sarah Wood; and curator and filmmaker Peter Todd. The further five artists and filmmakers, selected from the national open call, are by Alexander Storey Gordon; Catherine Street; Matt Hulse; Morag McKinnon; and Wendy Kirkup with composer Richy Carey.

The five successful open call proposals were selected by a panel comprising Dr Sarah Neely (Director, Margaret Tait 100), Nicole Yip (Director, LUX Scotland), Ben Cook (Director, LUX), Andrew Parkinson (Curator, Pier Arts Centre) and John Archer (Producer, Hopscotch Films).

New Film Scans Available for Exhibition

For the centenary, film exhibitors can now screen new HD scans of 6 shorts from LUX, or a new 2K digitisation of Tait’s only feature Blue Black Permanent (1992) from the BFI.

Archived events

Introduction to using 16mm Bolex Cameras: a Two-Day Workshop with Margaret Salmon

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Sep 2019

there and then and never again: Margaret Tait 100 Commissions Launch

Sun 18 - Mon 19 Aug 2019 / Sunday 6–8pm; Monday 7.30–9.30pm