Margaret Tait Award

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Corks were popped all round at the Margaret Tait Award today as Glasgow based artist Sarah Forrest found out she won the 2017 commission. Sarah will receive £10,000 to produce a new work to be presented at Glasgow Film Festival in 2018.

The Award recognises experimental work using moving image and is given to Scotland-based artists who have established a significant body of work within film and moving image over the past 3–10 years. The winner must demonstrate the impact the Award will have upon their practice.

Sarah, who studied at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee said, ‘I’m delighted to receive the Margaret Tait Award. Her work and approach as a filmmaker and writer has been influential for me, so to receive an award that celebrates her legacy is a humbling experience. So too was my inclusion in a shortlist of such incredible artists. The work that I have proposed will begin with a period of research on the Isle of Lewis, where I will be looking initially at the island’s rich history of prophetic ‘second sight’, drawing from stories that I heard from my mother who grew up there. This work will build on recurring themes in my practice that look at appearance, perception, doubt and belief, with the commission being an exciting and significant opportunity for me to explore these in a longer form work.’

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