MARGARET TAIT 100

MARGARET TAIT 100 is a year-long centenary celebration of the work of Orkney’s pioneering filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918–1999). The programme officially launches in November 2018 on the occasion of Tait’s birthday, and includes screenings, exhibitions, workshops, readings, new publishing, and commissioning opportunities for artists working with film. The full range of events can be seen here.

Here in Orkney, there is a selection of events as part of the FILM FOCU FESTIVAL:


THE DAYS NEVER SEEM THE SAME

NORTHLIGHT GALLERY

SAT 3 NOVEMBER –  SAT 17 NOVEMBER 2018
PREVIEW: FRI 2 NOVEMBER / 7–9PM
OPENING HOURS: WED–SUN, 1–5PM
NORTHLIGHT GALLERY, STROMNESS, ORKNEY
FREE

The days never seem the same brings together the work of Gunnie Moberg (1941-2007) and Margaret Tait (1918-99). Moberg worked primarily with photography and Tait became an influential filmmaker, poet and writer. Both artists connected with the places, people and landscapes of Orkney in their work. The exhibition presents a small selection of work from an exhibition held at Stills, Edinburgh(27 July – 28 October 2018).


LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT

NORTHLIGHT GALLERY

SAT 3 NOVEMBER –  THU 15 NOVEMBER 2018 / 6–7PM ON SELECTED DATES
FREE

Looking In, Looking Out is a programme of Margaret Tait’s silent films which study the interiors and exteriors connected to her life and travels in Kirkwall, Edinburgh and Rome. The selection includes completed films alongside rarely seen unfinished work. The programme is installed in the window of Northlight Gallery and accompanies the exhibition The days never seem the same.


READING BY GERDA STEVENSON

STROMNESS LIBRARY

FRI 09 NOVEMBER –  7:30PM

Free of charge but donations to the GMB Fellowship are welcome.

Gerda Stevenson, a writer as well as an actor and director, will read from Quines, her recently published collection of poems celebrating Scottish women and their achievement. Among these are poems inspired by Margaret Tait and Gunnie Moberg.

The event will begin with the announcement of the prizewinners in this year’s George Mackay Brown Fellowship Writing Competition in which entrants had to write either a short story or screenplay in response to their choice of quotation from the poems of Margaret Tait. Prizes will be presented by Gerda Stevenson and Sarah Neely.


QUIET DEFIANCE: GMB MEMORIAL LECTURE (PG)

PIER ARTS CENTRE

SAT 10 NOVEMBER –  5:30PM

Free of charge but donations to the GMB Fellowship are welcome.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s George Mackay Brown Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Gerda Stevenson (who won a BAFA for her role as Greta in Margaret Tait’s feature film, Blue Black Permanent). On the eve of the birth of Margaret Tait 100 years ago on 11 November 2018 she will reflect on her work and friendship with the film-maker and on Tait’s influence on artists working today.


BLUE BLACK PERMANENT (PG)

THE GABLE END THEATRE

SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2018 / 2PM

Introduced by lead actor Gerda Stevenson, Blue Black Permanent was Tait’s only feature and one of the last films she made. The film tells the story of Barbara (Celie Imrie), a woman coming to terms with the mysterious death of her mother (Gerda Stevenson). Told through a labyrinthine structure, traversing backwards and forwards across several decades, and in between various locations in Edinburgh and Orkney, the film develops many of the same themes preoccupying Tait’s shorter films and poetry, such as the endurance of places and people over time and across generations.


FOR MARGARET

PIER ARTS CENTRE

SUN 11 NOVEMBER 2018 / 7.30PM
FREE

An evening celebration on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Margret Tait’s birth. A selection of poems read by those who knew her and/or were inspired by her work, plus a selection of films chosen by Peter Todd. The programme will include: Garden Pieces(1998), Colour Poems (1974), Three Portrait Sketches (1951) and My Room (1951).


MARGARET TAIT: FILM POET

THE GABLE END THEATRE

WED 14 NOVEMBER 2018 / 1PM

Introduced by Dr Sarah Neely. Film Poet showcases the full breadth of work produced by Tait. Drawn from over thirty short experimental films produced by Tait during her lifetime, this selection of films form part of the body of work Tait referred to as her ‘film poems’. Filmed across the two places Tait lived and worked for most of her life, Edinburgh and Orkney, Tait’s films capture the people and places she was familiar with.