Barry Till Gallery: Tait Today



25 Nov 2019-16 Jan 2020


Mon-Fri 9.00-21.00, Sat 9.00-15.00


Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT



See works by the filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918-1999) and explore how the legacy of her approach and pioneering spirit continues today. 

A tanztheater performance accompanies the exhibition on 10 December. Read more.

2019 Margaret TaitThe pioneering filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918–99) is one of the most visionary and stridently independent artists to have emerged from the UK, yet her work has until recently remained relatively unknown.

Tait 100, a nationwide celebration of Tait’s centenary taking place across 2018-2019, aims to change that and highlights the impact and significance of her work.

Image credit: Margaret Tait and Peter Hollander, Perugia 1952. Courtesy of Orkney Library and Archive.


Exhibition open call for all Morley Students

Here at Morley, we are marking Tait’s centenary through an open-call student exhibition that reflects Tait’s commitment to diverse artistic practice. We invite students studying across any course at Morley to respond to Tait’s magical films, and in the spirit of Tait we encourage experimentation and individual voice. We want you to create new work that draws on the themes in her films. 

We welcome responses in your chosen medium which could include text, painting, textiles, drawing, sculpture, film, animation, music and performance. Your responses will be selected by Olivia Ahmad, Curator of House of Illustration and be exhibited in the Barry Till Gallery.

Find out more

You can watch a selection of Tait’s films and download the brief on the Gallery’s Moodle page, or pick up a brief in the new reception area, where you can also view Tait’s film, Where I am is Here. For additional information get in touch with us via email

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