SCREENINGS, exhibitions, readings and a whole lot more is on the programme for the centenary celebration if a leading filmmaker at the University of Stirling.

Margaret Tait 100 (MT100) begins in November to pay tribute to the Scots filmmaker and poet.

It is a year-long programme of events, showcasing the work of the Orcadian artist, acknowledged as one of the country’s most innovative independent filmmakers.

During her lifetime, Tait produced a huge body of work with more than 30 short experimental films, referred to as her film poems.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with LUX Scotland, the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney with support from Creative Scotland.

Dr Sarah Neely, MT100 director at the university, said: “2018 marks the centenary of Tait’s birth and provides an opportunity to give attention to the full range of her work, drawing out aspects of Tait’s archive that are sometimes overlooked.”

The celebrations will be launched in Edinburgh with the opening of an exhibition at Demarco Archive Exhibitions at Summerhall in early November.

They then begin a touring ‘pilgrimage’ exhibition, from Edinburgh to Orkney, via Inverness Film Festival and Portgower, in Sutherland, northeast Scotland, where Tait lived and worked in the 1960s.

Nicole Yip, director of partners LUX Scotland, added: “As we reflect back, her extraordinary films and poetry remain remarkable in the way they urge us to stop, to look openly, intently, with a generous and hopeful kind of empathy.

“In this gentle way, Tait continues to remind us of the usefulness and fulfilment brought by this very simple act.

“Her defiantly independent spirit, her clarity of vision and her flair for the experimental continue to inspire generations of artists.“

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