‘there and then and never again’: Margaret Tait 100 Commissions Launch


Peter Todd, a spoon, 2019. 16mm film transferred to digital, 2 min 30 sec. Courtesy of the artist.

Event Details

Sunday 18 August
- Monday 19 August 2019

Sunday 18 August, 6–8pm; Monday 19 August, 7.30–9.30pm

Cinema, CCA Glasgow

Free, booking via Eventbrite

Second screening date announced: Tickets for Sunday 18 AugustTickets for Monday 19 August

Be the first to see brand new short films from international talents and Scotland-based artists and filmmakers that celebrate the life, legacy, attitude or approach of Scotland’s filmmaking pioneer: Margaret Tait (1918–1999).

The launch screenings will include the premiere of commissions by director and critic Mark Cousins; artist, musician and filmmaker Luke Fowler; artist Alexander Storey Gordon; artist and filmmaker Matt Hulse; artist Wendy Kirkup and composer Richy Carey; director Morag Mckinnon; author Ali Smith and filmmaker Sarah Wood; artist Catherine Street; and curator and artist Peter Todd. Shown alongside three films by Tait, including early works My Room, Via Ancona 21 (1951), Rose Street (1956), and her final film Garden Pieces (1998), the new commissions are part of the Margaret Tait 100, a year-long centenary celebration that includes screenings, exhibitions, workshops, readings and new publishing.

The screening on Sunday 18 August will be followed by a discussion with some of the commissioned artists and filmmakers.


Margaret Tait, My Room. Via Ancona 21, c.1951. 16mm transferred to digital, 2 min.

Margaret Tait, Rose Street, 1956. 16mm transferred to digital, 14 min 44 sec.

Richy Carey & Wendy Kirkup, The Forest of Everything, 2019. HD video, 5 min 4 sec.

Morag Mckinnon, Never the same, 2019. SD video, 6 min 43 sec.

Peter Todd, a spoon, 2019. 16mm transferred to digital, 2 min 30 sec.

Ali Smith & Sarah Wood, The Bravest Boat, 2019. HD video, 10 min.

Matt Hulse, On Returning (1989–2019), 2019. Super 8mm transferred to digital, 4 min 9 sec.

Mark Cousins, You With Your Fresh Thoughts, 2019. HD video, 1 min 56 sec.

Alexander Storey Gordon, Shoe Leather, 2019. HD video, 6 min 36 sec.

Catherine Street, Allegory of the shivering light, 2019. HD video, 5 min 6 sec.

Luke Fowler, Houses (for Margaret), 2019. 16mm, 5 min.

Margaret Tait, Garden Pieces, 1998. 16mm, 11 min 30 sec.