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.
Artist Jamie Crewe becomes the tenth recipient of the Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918 – 99).
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award:Jamie CreweWinnie HerbsteinStuart MiddletonMargaret SalmonThe 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 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award opened on 15 October 2018.
Artist Alberta Whittle becomes ninth recipient of the award, in the centenary year of the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker’s birth.
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.
The recipient of the 2017 Margaret Tait Award is Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest.
Congratulations go to Jamie Crewe, Sarah Forrest, Margaret Salmon and Kimberley O’Neill, who have been shortlisted for the 2017/2018 Margaret Tait Award.
Nomination Deadline: Monday 5 December 2016We’re excited to announce that nominations are now open for the eighth year of the Margaret Tait Award, supported by Creative Scotland and LUX.
The recipient of the 2016/2017 Margaret Tait Award is Glasgow-based artist Kate Davis.
Nomination Deadline: Monday 4 April 2016We’re excited to announce that nominations are now open for the seventh year of the Margaret Tait Award, supported by Creative Scotland and LUX.
The recipient of the 2015 Margaret Tait Award is Glasgow-based artist Duncan Marquiss.
Kathryn Elkin, Rob Kennedy, Duncan Marquiss and Hardeep Pandhal are the artists shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award 2015/2016.