Pier Arts Centre




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Artists’ Moving Image
and the work of Margaret Tait

Torsten Lauschmann

Charlotte Prodger

& Florrie James

alongside selected films by the
Orcadian filmmaker and poet 

Margaret Tait (1918-1999)


For Where I Am, the Pier Arts Centre will present a programme of films and events by three artists who have all received recognition through the Glasgow Film Festival/LUX Margaret Tait Award and Residency.  Torsten Lauchmann was the first recipient of the Award in 2010 and Charlotte Prodger picked up the honour in 2015.  Florrie James spent time filming in Orkney in 2014 as part of the second Glasgow Film Festival/LUX Margaret Tait Residency. The aims of the Margaret Tait Award and Residency are 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 Margaret Tait Award & Residency are presented by Glasgow film festival in conjunction with Creative Scotland and LUX.

Where I Am screenings and events at the Pier Arts Centre are admission free.


Margaret Tait, Colour Poems (1974)


The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art donated by the author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner (1904 – 2005).

The Centre also curates a year round programme of changing exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public. The Pier Arts Centre acts as a focal point for the local artistic community. It has a valuable library and archive which is accessible to the public, and runs a programme of education and outreach activities for groups of all ages.


Workshop –
Torsten Lauschmann

Thursday 7th May, 7.00-9.00pm
A workshop with filmmaker Torsten Lauschmann on Real-Time Multi-Screen Video Projections.

Screening –
Torsten Lauschmann

Friday 8th May, 7.00-8.30pm
A selection of single screen films by Torsten Lauschmann, including elements of his 2010 Margaret Tait Award film At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes, shown alongside Margaret Tait’s film Palindrome (1964).

Screenings and walk –
Florrie James and Charlotte Prodger

Saturday 9th May
Screening of O.K.Rick by Florrie James 2014 Margaret Tait Residency recipient, shown alongside a selected Margaret Tait film.
Walk and Talk by Florrie James. A walking tour of Stromness, looking at piers and houses, and how ‘Udal’ law has helped shape the town.
Screening of Stoneymollan Trail Charlotte Prodger’s 2015 Margaret Tait Award film, shown alongside Margaret Tait’s film A Portrait of Ga (1952).


Image credit: Shipwreck created by Luis Prado


The Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street Stromness
KW16 3AA

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