The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland project delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Creative Scotland. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and writer Margaret Tait (1918 – 99), the opportunity 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. Previously known as the Margaret Tait Award, the name was changed in 2023 to more accurately reflect the opportunity.
Due to funding limitations there will be no Margaret Tait Commission 2024, but we look forward to presenting Isabel Barfod’s forthcoming commission at Glasgow Film Festival 2024, and touring Andrew Black and Sulaïman Majali’s commissions over the coming year.
We would like to thank all the artists and partners who have taken part and been involved in the opportunity since its inception in 2009, and we look forward to bringing the commission back soon.
Each year, the Commission is presented to an artist based in Scotland 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. This year the recipient of the award will receive the increased budget of £20,000 to produce an ambitious new work including an artist fee of £6,440. The film will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival the following year and will subsequently tour with LUX Scotland, including a solo exhibition at LUX’s exhibition space in London.
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 film. Shortlisted artists are then asked to present proposals for the commission. Shortlisted artists are paid a fee for their time and those not selected for the award are offered a session with one panel member to talk about their work in more detail.
2023: Isabel Barfod
Shortlist: Renèe Helèna Browne, Rhona Mühlebach, and George Finlay Ramsay
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.
Following the premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2023, LUX Scotland and Grand Union present a 4‑week online screening of Sulaïman Majali’s Margaret Tait Award Commission, ‘in the house of names’.
Andrew Black will screen his Margaret Tait Commission ‘On Clogger Lane’ at CAMPLE LINE, Dumfriesshire, on Friday 23 February at 6:30pm, followed by a Q&A with Andrew and Kitty Anderson (Director, LUX Scotland).
Andrew Black will screen his Margaret Tait Commission ‘On Clogger Lane’ at the Washburn Valley Heritage Centre, Fewston, Yorkshire, on Friday 5 January 2024 at 7pm.
'ONLY THE MINERAL REMAINS': We commissioned writer, researcher and activist Keir Milburn to respond to Andrew Black's Margaret Tait Commission 'On Clogger Lane'.
We are delighted to announce artist Isabel Barfod as the fourteenth recipient of the Margaret Tait Commission, an opportunity that recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film.
LUX Scotland is delighted to announce that the shortlist for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission comprises Isabel Barfod, Renèe Helèna Browne, Rhona Mühlebach, and George Finlay Ramsay.
We are pleased to announce that Sulaïman Majali’s new commission ‘in the house of names’ will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2023.
We are pleased to announce that Margaret Tait Award 2021 recipient Andrew Black’s new commission ‘On Clogger Lane’ will premiere at Glasgow Film Theatre on Tuesday 21 February 2023, coinciding with an exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds.
Nominations are open for the Margaret Tait Award 2023 – the deadline is Monday 7 November, 5pm.
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 excited announced artist Andrew Black as the twelfth 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 2021 Margaret Tait Award.
We are pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2021 Margaret Tait Award are now open.