Margaret Tait Award & Residency


The Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Screen Scotland. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and writer Margaret Tait (1918–99), the award was established by Glasgow Film in 2009 to support experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, providing a high profile platform for them to exhibit newly commissioned work and engage with a wider audience.

Each year the Award is presented to a Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has established a significant body of work over the past 5–12 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. The recipient of the award receives a £15,000 prize to produce ambitious new work, which is then exhibited at the Glasgow Film Festival the following year.

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 jury of artists and professionals from across the fields of the visual arts and cinema. Shortlisted artists are then asked to present proposals for the commission.

The Margaret Tait Residency is a new opportunity for emerging artists working with film and moving image to develop their practice, delivered in partnership with Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, with support from Screen Scotland. The residency builds upon the legacy of the residency delivered by Glasgow Film in 2012 and 2014. Aimed at emerging artists working in film and moving image with up to 5 years professional experience, the residency provides time and support for developing work and practice without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. The residency will take place at Pier Arts Centre’s newly renovated facilities Linkshouse Residency Centre for up to 6 weeks with an artists’ fee of £7,130 and accompanying travel and access support funds. 

The residency supports artists wishing to focus upon specific projects as well as those keen to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. The selected artist will have a tailored package of support from LUX Scotland and Pier Arts Centre, with the option of presenting outcomes of the residency with Glasgow Film.

Eligible artists are invited to apply through an open call process. Shortlisted artists are then asked to present a proposal for the residency.


Margaret Tait Award recipients include:

2021: Andrew Black

Shortlist: Andrew Black, Christian Noelle Charles, Winnie Herbstein, Mathew Wayne Parkin, and Tako Taal

2020: Emilia Beatriz

Shortlist: Sulaïman Majali, Kimberley O’Neill, and Hardeep Pandhal

2019: Jamie Crewe, Ashley

Shortlisted: Winnie Herbstein, Margaret Salmon and Stuart Middleton.

2018: Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry

Shortlisted: Aideen Doran, Rob Kennedy and Corin Sworn.

2017: Sarah Forrest, April

Shortlisted: Jamie Crewe, Margaret Salmon and Kimberley O’Neill.

2016: Kate Davis, Charity

Shortlisted: Aideen Doran, Hardeep Pandhal, Catherine Street and Stina Wirfelt.

2015: Duncan Marquiss, Evolutionary Jerks and Gradualist Creeps

Shortlisted: Kathryn Elkin, Rob Kennedy, and Hardeep Pandhal.

2014: Charlotte Prodger, The Stoneymollan Trail

Shortlisted: Allison Gibbs, Beagles and Ramsay, Kari Robertson, Kathryn Elkin and Katy Dove.

2013: Rachel Maclean, A Whole New World

Shortlisted: Michelle Hannah, Rob Kennedy, Sophie Macpherson, Gillian Steel, Sarah Tripp, and Stina Wirfelt.

2012: Stephen Sutcliffe, Outwork

Shortlisted: Calum Stirling, Katri Walker, Rachel MacLean, Stina Wirfelt and Stuart Gurden.

2011: Anne-Marie Copestake, And Under That

2010: Torsten Lauschmann, At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes

Shortlisted: Aileen Campbell, Sarah Tripp, Henry Coombes, Alexander and Susan Maris.


All of the Margaret Tait Award film commissions are available to venues through the LUX collection.


Margaret Tait Residency recipients include:

2014: Florrie James, O.K. Rick

2012: Sarah Forrest, that now



Coming up

Jamie Crewe, Ashley at Campbeltown Picture House

Thu 28 Oct 2021 / 5pm

Archived events

Jamie Crewe, Ashley at LUX

Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Sat 30 Jan 2021 / 12–4pm

Jamie Crewe, MEN’S WORK at LUX

Thu 17 Dec 2020 / 6pm


Thu 3 Dec 2020 - Sat 30 Jan 2021


Wed 27 May - Fri 26 Jun 2020 / 7:30pm

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

Mon 2 Mar 2020 / 6.30–7.30pm

Alberta Whittle, everything is everything at GFF19

Thu 21 Feb 2019 / 6.15pm

Margaret Tait Award Announcement and Screening: Alberta Whittle, between a whisper and a cry at GFF19

Mon 25 Feb 2019 / 6.15pm