Margaret Tait Residency

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The Margaret Tait Residency is an opportunity for early career artists working with film and moving image to undertake a focused period of work on Orkney.  Deadline 9am 4 April 2014. 

The Margaret Tait Residency aims to support and develop the skills of an emerging Scottish or Scotland-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.

The recipient of the Residency will travel to Stromness Orkney in summer 2014 and be based there for eight weeks. They will be given accommodation, studio space, artist support at Pier Arts Centre and living expenses. After the Residency, they will complete a series of mentor sessions with prominent artists, as well as film production courses as requested and required. The artist is expected to then deliver a film or film event by February 2015 for inclusion in Glasgow Film Festival’s programme.

Applications are now sought from the sector. The deadline is 9am, Friday 4 April 2014.

Selection process:

Who can apply?

  • Scottish artists or artists based in Scotland.
  • Emerging artists, early in their career (graduating in the last three to five years in a relevant course), who work in film and moving image.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • We regret that we cannot accept applications from artists who are students.

To apply, please send the following:


  • Eight weeks to be spent in Stromness, Orkney in summer 2014 (dates negotiable between May–September).
  • Further support and training to take place in UK between September–December, based on your needs and aims.
  • Film screening at Glasgow Film Festival, February 2015.
  • Film to tour beyond Glasgow, with assistance from GFF–from March 2015 onwards.

Deadline for nominations: 9am on Friday 4 April 2014.

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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