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 Scotland-based artist who has established a significant body of work over the past 5 – 10 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 panel 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.
2022: Sulaïman Majali
Shortlist: Sekai Machache, Rae-Yen Song, and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona
2021: Andrew Black
Shortlisted: Christian Noelle Charles, Winnie Herbstein, Mathew Wayne Parkin, and Tako Taal
2020: Emilia Beatriz
Shortlisted: 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.
We are delighted to announce artist Sulaïman Majali as the thirteenth recipient of the £15,000 Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Margaret Tait Award.
LUX Scotland is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the Margaret Tait Award 2022.
As part of the Margaret Tait Award, Jamie Crewe presented a recorded artist’s talk in which they discuss a technique that recurs throughout their practice. They have named the technique PEOPLE HAVE COME, and it describes courting and avoiding publicness.
LUX and LUX Scotland present a mail art project by Jamie Crewe, which comprises drawing, script, a scent created by the artist and their collaborators Charlotte Percival, John Turrell, and Tom Turrell, and a new text by Travis Alabanza.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award:Emilia BeatrizSulaïman MajaliKimberley O’NeillHardeep PandhalThe shortlist has been selected from a pool of eligible artists who were nominated through an open call process.
LUX Scotland is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award is now open.
Margaret Tait 100 is a year-long centenary celebration of the work of Scotland’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918 – 99).
The shortlist for the ninth Margaret Tait Award has been selected:Aideen DoranAlberta WhittleRob KennedyCorin SwornThe recipient of the award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival 2018.
LUX Scotland is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2018 Margaret Tait Award opened on 5 October 2017.