Wednesday, 25 June 2014


25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland

Featuring many MFA graduates and teaching staff.

Monday, 2 June 2014

MFA Degree Show 2014

Turner Prize 2014

A further three Glasgow School of Art graduates have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2014. Tris Vonna Michell (BA in Fine Art Photography, 2005), Ciara Phillips (MFA, 2004) and Duncan Campbell (MFA, 1998) have all been nominated for the 30th Turner prize.
Tris Vonna-Michell, is noted for his semi-improvised presentations, often using slide projections, for a pre-arranged period, with an egg-timer to let him know when he has reached his limit.  He has been nominated for a solo show in Brussels.
Ciara Phillips often transforms her exhibition spaces into workshops and sometimes works with community groups, which have included Justice for Domestic Workers, creating banners and posters. She is nominated for a show in London in which she was inspired by a pioneering artist Corita Kent.
Film-maker Duncan Campbell has been nominated for his presentation at the Scottish Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale in which he screened Chris Marker and Alain Resnais's 1953 film Statues Also Die alongside his response – a film which featured choreography by Michael Clark and explored the commercialisation of African art.
Image: Duncan Campbell

Charlotte Prodger Margaret Tait Award 2014 winner

Glasgow Margaret Tait Award 

The Margaret Tait Award is supported by Creative Scotland and LUX. Glasgow Film Festival are pleased to announce that Charlotte Prodger will receive this year's Margaret Tait Award. Charlotte was chosen from a shortlist of artists including; Allison GibbsBeagles and Ramsay, Kari RobertsonKathryn Elkin and Katy Dove.
The aim of the Margaret Tait Award is to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, providing a high profile platform for them to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience. The Award is inspired by the wealth of talent emerging from Scotland within this field and aims to raise the profile of the many galleries, curators and arts organisations who support this area of work. It allows Glasgow Film Festival to have a lasting and meaningful impact on the careers of new filmmaking talent, support new commissions and forge new partnerships across the sector.
The recipient of the Award receives a £10,000 prize to create new work and the opportunity to present it at Glasgow Film Festival in 2015. 
The Award will be given to an experimental Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has developed a significant body of work within film and moving image over the past 3–10 years and is at the cusp of a major impact on the sector. The film which is produced may be screened in a traditional cinema setting within Glasgow Film Theatre, or make a more creative use of this space or a satellite venue.
You can read more about Margaret Tait at LUX online.
Charlotte Prodger said:
‘The Margaret Tait Award represents the legacy of a female practitioner working in the orbit of Structural Film; a movement largely dominated by men. I propose to use this opportunity to create an oblique exploration of another female artist who is a major influence on my practice, who worked with minimalist sculpture and land art which was also traditionally the domain of male artists: Nancy Holt, who died this year. I'm delighted to receive this award. It will enable me to challenge myself and extend my work in ways that are new and exciting to me. I very much respect the work of the other shortlisted artists, many of whom are good friends. One of the things which is so important to me about the Margaret Tait Award is its supportive context around Glasgow's community of artists. It's also very humbling to be making work in the legacy of Margaret Tait.’

The final work will be part of the GFF15 programme, and may be screened in a traditional cinema setting within Glasgow Film Theatre, or make a more creative use of this space or a satellite venue. Charlotte’s work was selected by a panel comprised of Mark Thomas, Creative Scotland; Ben Cook, LUX; Andrea Kusel, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery; Jenny Brownrigg, Glasgow School of Art; Sarah Neely, University of Stirling; Lucy Byatt, Hospitalfields; Seonaid Daly, Scottish Contemporary Art Network; Ben Harman, Stills; Kyla McDonald, Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Corinne Orton, Glasgow Film Festival.
Previous Margaret Tait award-winners also include Stephen Sutcliffe, winner of the 2012 award, who screened his film Outwork around the UK after its premiere at GFF 2013 (including a screening at London Film Festival 2013). The 2011 Margaret Tait Award winner was Anne-Marie Copestake who has since screened her film And Under That in Bristol and London while 2010 winner, German-born Torsten Lauschmann toured his piece At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes in Melbourne and London.
 All the Margaret Tait Award winners’ films are now being made available to venues, for more information please visit the Margaret Tait Award on Tour page.