The shortlist for the 2018/19 edition of the Margaret Tait Award has been announced. The four shortlisted artists are: Margaret Salmon, Jamie Crewe, Winnie Herbstein, and Stuart Middleton.

The prize is a £15,000 commission which will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2020, and will then tour with Lux Scotland.

The most established artist nominated for the tenth edition of the award is Margaret Salmon. She was shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Award and currently has a solo show at Dundee Contemporary Arts, which she talked to a-n about in November.

Based in Glasgow, in March this year Salmon presented presented ‘Circle’, a survey show at Tramway, Glasgow. (The show is one of 25 featured in a-n writers’ best exhibitions of 2018.)

In 2006 Salmon won the inaugural Max Mara Art Prize for Women; her work has been shown at international exhibitions such as the Berlin Biennale and Venice Biennale.

Glasgow School of Art graduate Jamie Crewe works across a variety of media, including objects, moving image, print, installation and publications. Their nomination follows solo exhibitions at Tramway, Glasgow; Gasworks, London; and Transmission, Glasgow.

Winnie Herbstein is also a Glasgow School of Art graduate, working with video, text and sculpture. Herbstein’s exhibition, ‘Studwork’, which explored the masculine world of the building site using video and installation, was part of the 2018 Glasgow International programme.

Stuart Middleton works in a multi-disciplinary and site-specific way, and has shown at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Camden Arts Centre, London; and KMKünstlerhaus (Graz, Austria).

Established in 2010, the Margaret Tait Award is a Lux Scotland commission delivered in partnership with Glasgow Film, with support from Screen Scotland. Taking place annually, the award is named after the Scottish filmmaker, writer and artist Margaret Tait (1918-99) who was known for her experimental documentary filmmaking.

The award is given to a Scottish or Scotland-based artist who has established a significant body of work over the past 5–12 years and is recognised by peers for their contribution to the artists’ moving image sector.

This year’s jury is: Richard Ashrowan (Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival); Kate Davis (2016/17 award recipient); Kate Gray (Collective); Sean Greenhorn (Creative Scotland); Richard Parry (Glasgow International); Adam Pugh (Tyneside Cinema); Amy Sherlock (frieze); Nicole Yip (Lux Scotland, chair) and Sadie Young (Timespan).

Previous winners of the award include Sarah Forrest, Kate Davis, Duncan Marquiss, Charlotte Prodger, Rachel Maclean, Anne-Marie Copestake and Torsten Lauschmann.

The 2019/20 award winner will be announced in February 2019 at the premiere of Between a whisper and a cry by Alberta Whittle, recipient of the 2018/19 Award

1. Margaret Salmon, Eglantine, 2016, film still. Courtesy: the artist
2. Jamie Crewe, Adulteress, 2017. Courtesy of Jamie Crewe
3. Winnie Herbstein, Studwork, 2018. Courtesy: the artist

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