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:
SAT 3 NOVEMBER – SAT 17 NOVEMBER 2018
PREVIEW: FRI 2 NOVEMBER / 7–9PM
OPENING HOURS: WED–SUN, 1–5PM
NORTHLIGHT GALLERY, STROMNESS, ORKNEY
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).
SAT 3 NOVEMBER – THU 15 NOVEMBER 2018 / 6–7PM ON SELECTED DATES
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.
FRI 09 NOVEMBER – 7:30PM
Free of charge but donations to the GMB Fellowship are welcome.
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.
SUN 11 NOVEMBER 2018 / 7.30PM
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).
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.