MARGARET TAIT AWARD
Glasgow Margaret Tait Award – Nominations for 2014 now open
Glasgow Film Festival are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the fifth year of the Margaret Tait Award, supported by Creative Scotland and LUX. For the second year we will also accept applications to the Margaret Tait Residency, please see here for details.
The aim of the Margaret Tait Award is to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, providing a high profile platform for them to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience. The Award is inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland within this field and aims to raise the profile of the many galleries, curators and arts organisations who support this area of work. It allows Glasgow Film Festival to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the careers of new filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.
The recipient of the Award will receive a £10,000 prize to create new work and the opportunity to present it at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2015. The Award will be given to an experimental Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has developed a significant body of work within film and moving image over the past 3–10 years and is at the cusp of a major impact on the sector. The film which is produced may be screened in a traditional cinema setting within Glasgow Film Theatre, or make a more creative use of this space or a satellite venue. The film should be completed by February 2015.
You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online.
Nominations are now sought from the sector. The deadline is 9am on Monday 31 March 2014.
Anyone can nominate, but artists cannot nominate themselves.
Who can be nominated?:
-Artists who are Scottish and/or based in Scotland.
-Experimental artists who have developed a significant body of work over the past 3–10 years and are at the cusp of a major impact on the moving image sector.
-There is no age restriction.
-We regret that we cannot accept nominations of artists who are students.
How to Nominate:
Please send 200 words on the artist's career to date, their impact on the sector and your reasons for nominating. Be sure to include a link to the artist’s website or an online example of their work as well as the artist’s email address and phone number.
Applications should be sent by email only to email@example.com
Deadline for nominations: 9am on Mon 31 Mar 2014
If you have been nominated, you will be informed immediately and asked to send a portfolio. If you are short-listed, you will be asked to send a proposal.
For information on previous winners, please see below:
2013 Margaret Tait Award winner Rachel Maclean
Last year’s winner, Rachel Maclean, premiered her film at Glasgow Film Festival on Monday 24 February. Her film, A Whole New World, portrays the fantastical ruins of a fallen empire. Combining grand narrative with cheap product placement, the work explores themes related to British Imperial history and national identity. With green screen composite video, hypercoloured fantasy worlds created around existing audio, and narrated by a statuesque Britannia Goddess, the action frequently shifts genre, moving from an all-singing, all-dancing musical score to sedate period drama and battlefield conflict. Maclean plays all the characters in the work, miming to a multilingual soundtrack and bedecked in an elaborate combination of prosthetic make-up, historical costume and Union Jack-encrusted tourist tat.
Previous Margaret Tait award-winners also include Stephen Sutcliffe, winner of the 2012 award, who screened his film Outwork around the UK after its premiere at GFF 2013 (including a screening at London Film Festival 2013). The 2011 Margaret Tait Award winner was Anne-Marie Copestake who has since screened her film And Under That in Bristol and London while 2010 winner, German-born Torsten Lauschmann toured his piece At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes in Melbourne and London.
All the Margaret Tait Award winners’ films are now being made available to venues, for more information please visit the Margaret Tait Award on Tour page.
Margaret Tait Residency
Following on from our successful 2012 Margaret Tait Residency, Glasgow Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Margeret Tait Residency will be returning in 2014. For more details please visit the Margaret Tait Residency page.