MARGARET TAIT AWARD
Glasgow Margaret Tait Award screenings at GFF15
Glasgow Film Festival are delighted to host the world premiere of 2014 winner Charlotte Prodger's new film on Monday 23 February (19.00). Prodger's Margaret Tait piece will bring together digital animation, footage shot on phones, and archive footage on miniDV, and will consider ways to block, divide and reveal. Free tickets available on the day at GFT. Max 2 per person. Please click here for more info.
On Sunday 22 February (20.15) Charlotte Prodger will present Nancy Holt: Sun Tunnels/ Revolve, a double-bill of work by pioneering American artist Nancy Holt (1938-2014). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Charlotte Prodger and LUX Scotland Director Isla Leaver-Yap, in which Prodger will discuss her inspiration for the piece.
On Tuesday 24 February (18.30), Glasgow Film Festival screen the world premiere of O.K. Rick, the new film from 2014 Margaret Tait Residency winner Florrie James. Featuring an original score by Dick 50, the film follows female versions of Rick Blain and Victor Laszlo from Casablanca travelling around Mainland-5, a fictional island inspired by both Orkney and Shetland.
The Margaret Tait Award is supported by Creative Scotland and LUX.
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 receives a £10,000 prize to create new work and the opportunity to present it at 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.
You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online.
Charlotte Prodger said:
‘The Margaret Tait Award represents the legacy of a female practitioner working in the orbit of Structural Film; a movement largely dominated by men. I propose to use this opportunity to create an oblique exploration of another female artist who is a major influence on my practice, who worked with minimalist sculpture and land art which was also traditionally the domain of male artists: Nancy Holt, who died this year. I'm delighted to receive this award. It will enable me to challenge myself and extend my work in ways that are new and exciting to me. I very much respect the work of the other shortlisted artists, many of whom are good friends. One of the things which is so important to me about the Margaret Tait Award is its supportive context around Glasgow's community of artists. It's also very humbling to be making work in the legacy of Margaret Tait.’
Charlotte’s work was selected by a panel comprised of Mark Thomas, Creative Scotland; Ben Cook, LUX; Andrea Kusel, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery; Jenny Brownrigg, Glasgow School of Art; Sarah Neely, University of Stirling; Lucy Byatt, Hospitalfields; Seonaid Daly, Scottish Contemporary Art Network; Ben Harman, Stills; Kyla McDonald, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Corinne Orton, Glasgow Film Festival.
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
Glasgow Film Festival is pleased to also announce the winner of the 2014 Margaret Tait Residency – Glasgow-based artist Florrie James. Florrie will travel to Stromness, Orkney, this summer and be based there for eight weeks. Florrie will work closely with Pier Arts Centre in Stromness and also aims to set up a film club and working group on Orkney while she’s there. After the Residency, she will complete a series of mentor sessions with prominent artists, as well as film production courses. Florrie will then deliver a film for inclusion in Glasgow Film Festival’s 2015 programme.
Florrie James said:
‘The Margaret Tait Residency will be great for my film O.K. Rick, which is based in part on real court cases concerning property law in Shetland and Orkney. It will be so good for me to spend time with people who live in the area and on the land which I attempt to represent.’
Supported by Creative Scotland, Pier Arts Centre and LUX, the bi-annual Margaret Tait Residency aims to support and develop the skills of an emerging Scotland-based artist working within moving image.
For more details please visit the Margaret Tait Residency page.