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Margaret Tait: Film Screening and Discussion

June 3, 2019 @ 12:00 am - June 14, 2019 @ 12:00 am

Join us for this special screening event of three films by the pioneering filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918–99), one of the most visionary and stridently independent artists to have emerged from the UK.

Margaret Tait and Peter Hollander. Image courtesy of Alex Pirie and Orkney Library and Archive

The films will be followed by a discussion with film-maker and curator Peter Todd, who knew Tait and has been instrumental in ensuring the legacy of her work.

Tickets are free and can be booked here 


Please note that some of these films contain flickering patterns, and contrasting dark and light moving patterns. 

Calypso, 1955, 4 mins 
Hand painted directly onto film stock by Margaret Tait, this film features animated dancing figures, accompanied by calypso music.

Portrait of Ga, 1952, 4 mins 
The ‘Ga’ of the title refers to the film maker’s mother. The film gathers together her everyday actions to offer an abstract insight into her life.

Colour Poems, 1974, 11 mins 
Seven linked film ‘poems’, described by Margaret Tait herself as follows: A poem started in words, and referring to distant memories…memory gets somewhat lost in the present observation, although it never disappears, and there are reverberations back’. 


June 3, 2019 @ 12:00 am
June 14, 2019 @ 12:00 am