Image: Margaret Tait, Blue Black Permanent, 1992. Courtesy of the artist and BFI.
LUX Scotland is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the Margaret Tait Award 2022. 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 new filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.
Deadline for nominations is Monday 29 November, 5pm
Each year, the Award 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. The recipient of the award will receive a £15,000 prize to produce ambitious new work, which is exhibited 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.
The selection panel for the Margaret Tait Award is comprised of Jamie Crewe, Glasgow based artist and Margaret Tait Award 2019 recipient; Kirsten Body, Inverness based curator and producer; Georgina Jackson, Director of The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin; Rabz Lansiquot, London based artist and programmer, part of curatorial collaboration Languid Hands; Kitty Anderson, Director of LUX Scotland; and a representative of Creative Scotland.
Who can be nominated:
- Artists who are based in Scotland.
- Artists who have developed a significant body of work over the past 5–10 years and are at the cusp of a major impact on the artists’ moving image sector. 5–10 years does not have to be consecutive years of practice and can begin from a point in an artist’s career that is deemed to be the beginning of their working practice.
- Artists who are contributing to the critical context of artists’ moving image production in Scotland at the time of nomination.
- There is no age restriction.
- Artists do not have to have been in formal education, attended art school or university.
- Collectives, groups and collaborations are eligible as long as there is demonstration of working collectively over a sustained amount of time. Please note, the award amount would remain the same in this instance.
- We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who are currently students.
- We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who have already been shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award three times.
- Artists can be nominated for the Margaret Tait Award and apply for the Margaret Tait Residency. If this occurs, we will ask artists which opportunity they would prefer to pursue.
How to nominate:
Please send up to 200 words on the artist’s career to date, their impact on the sector and your reasons for nominating. Please include a link to the artist’s website or an online example of their work, as well as the artist’s email address.
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, with an accompanying artists’ fee.
Nominations should be sent by email only to email@example.com
Deadline for nominations is Monday 29 November, 5pm. The shortlist will be announced in December 2021. The recipient of the Margaret Tait Award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival in 2022.
Access & Support
Support in making a nomination:
If you would prefer to submit a video or voice recording in place of a written nomination, please send up to 2 minutes of video/voice recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a link to an online example of the artist’s work and their email address in the body of the email.
Support for nominated artists:
Artists will be asked to provide a brief artist statement in support of their nomination. This can be a written statement, a video or voice recording.
Shortlisted artists have the following support available:
- The presentations for shortlisted artists will take place on Zoom individually.
- BSL interpretation and live captioning is available.
- Mobile data and / or support for internet connection is available.
- Questions from the panel will be provided in advance of the meeting.
- Artists will be contacted individually to submit their presentations and the LUX Scotland team will work with you to devise the best way for you to present your proposal. This can include, but is not limited to, presenting a pre-recorded video, a slide show presentation, or providing links to example works.
- Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee for their time in making and presenting their proposal for the award.
The award comes with tailored access support for the recipient, which will be discussed individually with the selected artist. The award fee is accompanied by a separate production fund to support access measures for the newly commissioned work.
If you have any questions or require support, please contact Annie Crabtree, Project Manager, on email@example.com or by telephone / text on 07394 042450.
The 2022 award will be announced at Glasgow Film Festival in March 2022. Emilia Beatriz, recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2020, will present their new film at GFF22, followed by a solo exhibition at LUX in London in October 2022 and a tour across Scotland. Andrew Black, recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2021, will present his new work later in 2022, followed by a solo exhibition at LUX in London in early 2023 and a tour across the UK.
Previous award recipients have included Andrew Black, Emilia Beatriz, Jamie Crewe, Alberta Whittle, Sarah Forrest, Kate Davis, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Maclean, Stephen Sutcliffe, Anne-Marie Copestake and Torsten Lauschmann. Previous residency recipients included Florrie James and Sarah Forrest.
Margaret Tait Award selection panel:
The selection panel for the Margaret Tait Award is comprised of Jamie Crewe, Glasgow based artist and Margaret Tait Award 2019 recipient; Kirsten Body, Inverness based curator and producer; Georgina Jackson, Director of Hugh Lane, Dublin; Rabz Lansiquot, London based artist and programmer, part of curatorial collaboration Languid Hands; Kitty Anderson, Director of LUX Scotland; and Screen Scotland.
Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte’s head. They grew up in the Peak District and are now settled in Glasgow. They have presented several solo exhibitions, including Ashley at LUX Moving Image, London (2020); Solidarity & Love at Humber Street Gallery, Hull (2020); Love & Solidarity at Grand Union, Birmingham (2020); Pastoral Drama at Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Female Executioner at Gasworks, London (2017); and But what was most awful was a girl who was singing at Transmission, Glasgow (2016). In 2019 Jamie was awarded the tenth Margaret Tait Award, and in 2020 they were awarded one of ten Turner Bursaries.
Kirsten Body is based in Inverness and has 20 years experience working in the visual arts sector across galleries, public art agencies and artist led projects. She trained at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1998) and was awarded an MBA in Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (2002). From the beginning of her career Kirsten has held a strong interest in artist-led and self-organising practices in the visual arts.She is currently the Scottish Artist Union’s Learning Manager and a founding member of Circus Artspace – a new artist-led gallery and graduate support programme in Inverness. Previous roles have included Contemporary Art Curator for High Life Highland’s four galleries including Inverness Museum & Art Gallery (2013-2021), Assistant Producer at public art organisations IOTA (Inverness, 2011-2013) and PACE (Edinburgh, 2010-2011), and Programme Manager at the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2004-2010).
Dr Georgina Jackson is the Director of The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to this she was the Director of Exhibitions & Programs at Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto. She has commissioned new work by artists including Deanna Bowen, Seamus Harahan, Duane Linklater, Liz Magic Laser, and Garrett Phelan. She has partnered on exhibitions with the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Festival, the Irish Film Institute and aemi and is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, programmer, curator, and DJ. They were a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective from its inception in 2014, and now work alongside Imani Robinson as Languid Hands, who are the Cubitt Curatorial Fellows for 2020-21 and curated the 2021 Frieze LIVE programme. Rabz was Curator-In-Residence at LUX Moving Image in 2019, developing a public and educational programme around Black liberatory cinema. Their first solo exhibition where did we land, an experimental visual essay exploring the use of images of anti-black violence in film and media, was on view at LUX in Summer 2019. They have curated film programmes at the ICA, SQIFF and Berwick Film & Media Festival, were a programme advisor for London Film Festival’s Experimenta strand in 2019, and currently programme for Sheffield Doc Fest. Rabz is also training to deliver workshops in Super 8 and eco-processing at not.nowhere.
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BSL video by EJ Raymond.