Margaret Tait, Blue Black Permanent, 1992. Courtesy of the artist and BFI.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019/20 Margaret Tait Award:
The shortlist has been selected from a pool of eligible artists who were nominated through an open call process. The shortlisted artists have been invited to submit a proposal for the £15,000 commission, which will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival in February 2020 and subsequently tour with LUX Scotland. The 2019/20 Award will be announced in February 2019 at the world premiere of between a whisper and a cry by Alberta Whittle, recipient of the 2018/19 Award.
The Margaret Tait Award is Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918–99), the award recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, offering a unique avenue of commissioning and production support and providing a high-profile platform to exhibit newly commissioned work.
Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a LUX Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Screen Scotland. The only award of its kind in Scotland, it allows LUX Scotland, Glasgow Film and Screen Scotland to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the careers of promising filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.
Nominations are assessed by a jury of artists and professionals from across the fields of the visual arts and cinema. This year’s jury is: Richard Ashrowan (Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival); Kate Davis (2016/17 Award recipient); Kate Gray (Collective); Sean Greenhorn (Creative Scotland); Richard Parry (Glasgow International); Adam Pugh (Tyneside Cinema); Amy Sherlock (frieze); Nicole Yip (LUX Scotland, chair) and Sadie Young (Timespan).