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Scottish Animation: Abstraction & Experimentation

Tuesday 20 November 2018

7.30pm

£4 / £2.50 (concessions)

Curated for Anim18 – a UK-wide celebration of British animation – by Ross Hogg, and marking the centenary of Orcadian filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait, this programme showcases Scottish animations that play with the form and structure of filmmaking.

Blue Black Permanent

Sunday 18 November 2018

12pm

Towner Art Gallery screen a brand-new restoration of Blue Black Permanent (1992)

Margaret Tait: Film Poet

Wednesday 14 November 2018

1pm

The Gable End Theatre, for Film Focus Festival, Orkney

Introduced by Dr Sarah Neely, Film Poet showcases the full breadth of work produced by Tait.

Land Makar

Tuesday 13 November 2018

8.30pm

BFI Southbank, London

Land Makar features three of Tait’s film poems exploring Highland and Island landscapes and their inhabitants. The programme will include an introduction from season curator Peter Todd.

The cinema I care about is at the level of poetry

Sunday 11 November
- Saturday 17 November 2018

Sunday 11 November, 5pm & Saturday 17 November, 7pm

Arsenal, Berlin

Presented by Ute Aurand at Arsenal, Berlin, The cinema I care about is at the level of poetry honours Margaret Tait’s centenary with a programme of 11 short films on her birthday, 11 November, and a screening of her only feature film and the first by a Scottish woman, Blue Black Permanent (1992) on 17 November.

Where I Am Is Here: Films from Margaret Tait and Friends

Sunday 11 November
- Sunday 11 November 2018

7pm

Open Colour celebrate Tait’s centenary with a special programme featuring new restorations of her film poems, alongside rare 16mm screenings from artists working in the tradition of intimate, first person cinema.

Blue Black Permanent

Sunday 11 November 2018

2pm

The Gable End Theatre, for Film Focus Festival, Orkney

Introduced by lead actor Gerda Stevenson, Blue Black Permanent (1992) was Tait’s only feature and one of the last films she made.

Margaret Tait & Fernando Birri, Double Bill: The Cuba Connections

Sunday 11 November 2018

2.45pm

CCA Glasgow, part of Havana Glasgow Film Festival 2018

On the centenary of Margaret Tait’s birth, Double Bill: The Cuba Connections focuses on the filmmaker and poet’s time studying film in Rome in the early 1950s, and her early collaborations with fellow student Fernando Birri

Blue Black Permanent

Sunday 11 November 2018

3pm

BFI Southbank, London

In Blue Black Permanent (1992), Tait passionately confronts memory and family in a truly unique style. The premiere of a new restoration, this screening includes an introduction by writer So Mayer.

For Margaret

Sunday 11 November 2018

7.30pm

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

An evening celebration on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Margaret Tait’s birth.

Gerda Stevenson, Quiet Defiance (GMB Memorial Lecture)

Saturday 10 November
- Saturday 10 November 2018

5.30pm

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

Gerda Stevenson gives the annual George Mackay Brown Memorial Lecture, Quiet Defiance, reflecting on her work with Margaret Tait on Blue Black Permanent (1992) and on Tait’s influence on artists working today.

Gerda Stevenson Poetry Reading & GMB Writing Competition Prizewinners

Friday 9 November
- Friday 9 November 2018

7.30pm

Warehouse Buildings, Stromness

Actor, director and writer Gerda Stevenson – who won a BAFTA for her role as Gerda in Blue Black Permanent (1992) – gives a poetry reading, including work from her recently published second collection, Quines, poems celebrating Scottish women and their achievement.

Where I Am Is Here: Margaret Tait 100

Friday 9 November 2018

12pm

Introduced by Marissa Keating and Laura Dolan from Glasgow Women’s Library, Where I Am is Here: Margaret Tait 100  includes a selection of the filmmaker and poet’s most significant works, plus the screening of a short documentary on Tait by Keating.

For Margaret

Friday 9 November 2018

2pm

Portgower Hall, Helmsdale, hosted by Timespan

Join us for an afternoon celebration of the pioneering Orcadian poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait, featuring a selection of poems read by Peter Todd and Sarah Neely, plus a programme of Tait’s films chosen by Todd, including: Aerial (1974), The Drift Back (1957), John MacFadyen (1970) and Splashing (1966).

Margaret Tait: Film Poet

Thursday 8 November 2018

4pm

Eden Court, Inverness, for Inverness Film Festival 2018

This selection of short films is filmed across the two places Tait lived and worked for most of her life, Edinburgh and Orkney, and capture the people and places she was familiar with.

Blue Black Permanent

Wednesday 7 November 2018

6pm

Eden Court, Inverness, for Inverness Film Festival 2018

The premiere of a new 2K scan of Blue Black Permanent, Tait’s only feature, which tells the story of a woman coming to terms with the mysterious death of her mother.

Experimenta Presents: Cross-generation Dialogue: The Margaret Tait Award

Monday 5 November 2018

8.45pm

BFI Soutbank, London

Experimenta Presents: Cross-generation Dialogue: The Margaret Tait Award features the three most recent Margaret Tait Award commissions and will include a Q&A with artists Kate Davis, Sarah Forrest and Duncan Marquiss.

Film Poems

Monday 5 November 2018

6.10pm

BFI Southbank, London

Film Poems opens the BFI’s autumn season celebrating Tait and will feature a discussion with writer Anna Coatman, writer So Mayer, academic Lucy Reynolds and season curator Peter Todd.

The days never seem the same

Saturday 3 November
- Saturday 17 November 2018

Wednesday–Sunday, 1–5pm

Northlight Gallery, Stromness

The days never seem the same brings together the work of Gunnie Moberg (1941-2007) and Margaret Tait (1918-99).

Looking In, Looking Out

Saturday 3 November
- Thursday 15 November 2018

6–7pm on selected dates

Northlight Gallery, Stromness

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.

Seniors’ Programme Matinee: A Portrait of Margaret Tait: Filmmaker and Poet

Monday 29 October 2018

2pm

BFI Southbank, London

Join Peter Todd, BFI season curator, for a specially selected and introduced programme of short films from Margaret Tait’s earliest work as part of our centenary celebration of Scotland’s renowned film poet, featuring work from Rome, Edinburgh and Orkney.

Margaret Tait: Film Poet

Sunday 28 October 2018

3pm

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’.

Between Dream Logic and Poetry: The Avant Garde Imaginings of Gunvor Nelson and Margaret Tait

Saturday 27 October 2018

5pm

John Sundholm and Sarah Neely discuss Gunvor Nelson in relation to Scottish filmpoet Margaret Tait.

Herland: Subjects and Sequences, 100 Years of Margaret Tait

Friday 21 September 2018

7pm

Herland: Subjects and Sequences, 100 Years of Margaret Tait will showcase historic and contemporary film, poetry, music and more from women creatives inspired by Tait’s work.

Scalarama Skye: A Century of Margaret Tait

Wednesday 19 September 2018

7pm

Skye Gathering Hall, Portree, hosted by ATLAS

ATLAS host A Century of Margaret Tait as part of Scalarama Skye. Five selected works show the breadth of Tait’s practice, from experiments with painting directly onto film stock in works such as Calypso (1955) to Portrait of Ga (1952) where Tait creates a personal biography of her mother and life in Orkney where she grew up.

The days never seem the same

Friday 27 July
- Sunday 28 October 2018

Monday–Sunday, 11am–6pm

Stills, Edinburgh

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 shared a strong connection to Orkney: the place, its people and its landscape.

Margaret Tait: film/poems

Saturday 23 June
- Saturday 8 September 2018

Tuesday–Saturday, 10.30am–5pm

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

Celebrating the work of pioneering Orcadian artist, filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait (1918-99), film/poems opens on Saturday 23 June.