Short List for Margaret Tait Commission Announced

LUX Scotland is delighted to announce that the shortlist for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission comprises the following artists:

Glasgow based animator and artist Isabel Barfod; Irish artist who works across film, text, drawing, and spoken word Renèe Helèna Browne; Glasgow video, audio and text.artist Rhona Mühlebach, and an artist working with poetry, performance, ritual and analogue filmmaking George Finlay Ramsay.

The shortlisted artists have been invited to submit a proposal for the £20,000 commission, which will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) in 2024 and will subsequently tour with LUX Scotland alongside a solo exhibition at LUX’s space in London. For the 2023 Commission the new role of a producer to provide dedicated production support for the selected artist has been introduced. The recipient of the 2023 Commission will be announced at GFF in March alongside the announcement of the 2023 Margaret Tait Residency recipient and the premiere of Sulaïman Majali’s 2022 Commission.

The Margaret Tait Commission is a LUX Scotland project delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, backed by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Inspired by the pioneering Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918–99), the commissioning opportunity recognises experimental and innovative artists working with the moving image, offering a unique avenue of production support and providing a high-profile platform to exhibit newly commissioned work. Previously known as the Margaret Tait Award, the name was changed in 2023 to reflect the opportunity more accurately.

Each year, the commission is awarded 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 commission will have on the development of their practice.

Nominations are assessed by a panel of artists and professionals from across the fields of the visual arts and cinema.

The selection panel for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission comprises Glasgow based artist and Margaret Tait Commission 2015 recipient Duncan Marquiss; Director & Curator of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto, Julia Paoli; Artistic Director of INIVA (Institute of International Visual Art), London Sepake Angiama; Director of ATLAS Arts, Isle of the Skye Ainslie Roddick; Director of LUX Scotland Kitty Anderson  and  Visual Arts Officer, Creative Scotland Anne Petrie.

Previous recipients of the Margaret Tait Commission include Sulaïman Majali, 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.

Director of LUX Scotland Kitty Anderson said The nominations for the 2023 Margaret Tait Commission demonstrate the wide range of excellent moving image work being made by artists in Scotland. It was a privilege and a pleasure to view the nominees’ work and discuss them at length with this year’s selection panel. We are excited to announce the shortlist and look forward to reviewing their proposals.”

Full details about the Margaret Tait Commission can be found here:

Irene Brown

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