Part of Margaret Tait Commission

Jamie Crewe, <i>PEOPLE HAVE COME</i>, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Jamie Crewe, PEOPLE HAVE COME, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

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.

For certain kinds of people the desire to be seen, recognised, and understood is as powerful as the urge to hide, be illegible, and repel investigation. In reference to Ashley, their Margaret Tait Award 2019/​20 commission, as well as to other works and experiences, this talk traces eruptions of this ambivalent seam in Jamie’s life and practice.

PEOPLE HAVE COME was available online and on IGTV from 6pm on Thursday 28 May until Friday 26 June, with captions by Collective Text.

About the Artist

Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte’s head. They live and work in Glasgow.


The Two Tons, Can’t Do It By Myself’ (1980)
The Two Tons, Taking Away Your Space’ (1979)
Nina Simone, Feelings’ (live at the Montreux Festival Jazz 1976)
Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In’ (2011)
Chantay Savage, I Will Survive’ (Silk’s Classic House Mix) (1996)

Part of Margaret Tait Commission

The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, backed by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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