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Glasgow Film Margaret Tait Residency 2014

The second Margaret Tait Residency is supported by Creative Scotland in conjunction with Pier Arts Centre and LUX. 

The Margaret Tait Residency aims to support and develop the skills of an emerging Scottish-based artist working within film and moving image. It was developed for artists early in their career who would benefit from a focused period of development in a stimulating environment outwith their typical studio base. 

Glasgow Film Festival is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Margaret Tait Residency is Glasgow-based artist Florrie James.

Florrie James will travel to Stromness, Orkney, this summer and be based there for eight weeks. After the Residency, she will complete a series of mentor and development sessions. Florrie will then deliver a film or film event by February 2015 for inclusion in Glasgow Film Festival’s 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. The film looks at the way in which governments brand and stereotype cultural identity. The film has been written for Shetland and Orkney because of the shared history of a struggle over sovereignty, rather than to reassert a romantic notion of Island life. I am interested in experimenting with other ideas about why these battles against corporate notions of identity are always fought in the cities.’

Andrew Parkinson, Curator at the Pier Arts Centre, said, ‘We are looking forward very much to welcoming Florrie to Orkney later this summer.  The Glasgow Film Festival’s annual Margaret Tait Award has supported many fantastic Scottish artists to create new work in film and the Award, along with the bi-annual residency, is a wonderful legacy of Margaret’s work.  The residency offers the chance for artists to develop their work in the setting that inspired many of Tait’s films and poetic works and we are eager to see how Florrie responds to her time on the islands.’

2012 Margaret Tait Residency winner Sarah Forrest
The inaugural Margaret Tait Residency was supported by the Creative Scotland Creative Futures Programme, LUX and the Pier Arts Centre. The panel selected Sarah Forrest as the recipient of the Residency which took place in summer 2012 at Pier Arts Centre in Stromness Orkney for six weeks. After the Residency, Sarah completed six mentor sessions with prominent artists, as well as camera skills and sound editing courses in London and Glasgow.

Sarah Forrest’s film, that now, screened to a busy Cinema 2 audience on Friday 17 February 2013 at GFT, and was well received. Sarah then took the film back to Orkney in April 2013 for a screening at Stromness Town Hall, alongside Blue Black Permanent by Margaret Tait and has since screened at Belfast, Leeds and Rotterdam.

You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online.

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