Looking In, Looking Out


Margaret Tait, These Walls, 1974. Courtesy of the Margaret Tait estate and LUX.

Event Details

Saturday 3 November
- Thursday 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.

Looking In, Looking Out is curated by Marcus Jack. Jack is an AHRC PhD candidate researching the history of artists’ moving image in Scotland, and is coordinator of Margaret Tait 100.

Film Programme

3–4 November: These Walls, 1974.
16mm transferred to digital, silent, 6min.
A short portrait of Tait’s studio on Rose Street in Edinburgh.

7–8 November: My Room. Via Ancona 21, c.1951.
16mm transferred to digital, silent, 3min.
A study of the room Tait lived in while studying to be a filmmaker in Rome. One of the first films Tait made. (unfinished)

9–11 November: SHOP!, 1978.
16mm transferred to digital, silent, 15 min.
A series of interiors of local businesses in Kirkwall.

14–15 November: The Royal Mile, c.1955.
16mm transferred to digital, silent, 3 min.
Along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the 1950s. (unfinished)

The exhibition coincides with Film Focus Festival, taking place across Orkney, 1–24 November.