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.


Margaret Tait Award recipients include:

2019: Jamie Crewe

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.

The Margaret Tait Award 2018/2019

Artist Alberta Whittle becomes ninth recipient of the award, in the centenary year of the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker’s birth. Born in Barbados and currently resident in Glasgow, Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and educator. Her practice is motivated by the desire to work collectively towards radical self-love. Informed by diasporic conversations, she considers radical self-love a key method in decolonization for people of colour to battle anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.

Whittle’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Johannesburg Pavillion at the 56th Venice Biennale; Galerie de l’UQAM, Quebec; BOZAR, Belgium; Intermedia and David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; VAN Lagos, Nigeria; the Apartheid Museum, Goethe on Main and Constitution Hill, South Africa. In 2018, Alberta will be an Associate Artist at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Glasgow and a Fellow at RAW Académie in Dakar, Senegal. She will be presenting her research at The Showroom in London as part of Holding Space in April 2018. She has also been a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery since 2016.

On receiving the award, Whittle said, ‘I am so excited by this opportunity to develop a new body of ambitious work. The award will allow me to bring together my research on authenticity, memory, history, loss and healing.’

The 2018 Margaret Tait Award was decided by a panel of professionals working in the field of visual arts and cinema, including Eoin Dara (Dundee Contemporary Arts), Tessa Giblin (Talbot Rice), Torsten Lauschmann (former award recipient), Dominic Paterson (University of Glasgow), Sarah Perks (HOME), Nuno Sacramento (Peacock Visual Arts), Mark Thomas (Creative Scotland) and Nicole Yip (LUX Scotland). From the 27 artists who were nominated for the Award, four were then shortlisted by the panel and asked to submit proposals. The shortlisted artists were Aideen Doran, Rob Kennedy and Corin Sworn.

The Margaret Tait Residency

The Margaret Tait Residency (2012–14) was established by Glasgow Film, and supported by Creative Scotland in conjunction with Pier Arts Centre and LUX Scotland. It aimed to support and develop the skills of an emerging Scottish or Scotland-based artist working with the moving image, who would benefit from a focused period of development in a stimulating environment outwith their typical studio base.

Previous recipients of the Margaret Tait Residency award include:

2014: Florrie James, O.K. Rick

2012: Sarah Forrest, that now