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Introduction to using 16mm Bolex cameras: Two-day workshop with Margaret Salmon

  • The Pier Arts Centre 28-32 Victoria Street Stromness United Kingdom (map)
Image: Courtesy of Margaret Salmon

Image: Courtesy of Margaret Salmon

Two-day 16mm Bolex workshop, led by Margaret Salmon.
The workshop will include an overview of the technical, aesthetic and practical uses of the movie camera, and discussion of independent, artists’ analogue filmmaking practice, and will result in the participants collectively making a short 16mm film about Orquil Burn which responds to Tait’s seminal work.

This workshop is presented as part of Margaret Tait 100, a year-long centenary celebration of the life and work of the Orcadian filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait.

Saturday 28 September 2-5pm
A technical grounding in 16mm film exposure and basic principles of cinematography as well as loading and operating the Bolex.

Saturday 28 September 6-8pm
Public screening at the Pier Arts Centre:
Margaret Tait Orquil Burn (1955)
Margaret Salmon Cladach (2018)

Sunday 29 September 9.45am-4.30pm
Making of a short 16mm film about Orquil Burn. The day will be broken up into location recce, shoot planning and finally location filming on 16mm.

Participants are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable shoes for walking on uneven surfaces.

Workshop fees, £20, registration through Eventbrite

Workshop Bursary

Margaret Tait 100 are delighted to be able to offer a travel / accommodation bursary to one workshop participant, up to the value of £200. In order to be considered for this bursary please email Marcus Jack, MT100 Coordinator, at with the subject heading WORKSHOP BURSARY [Your Name] and a brief statement of no more than 250 words about why this opportunity would benefit you, your practice or research. Applications must be received by 10am on Thursday 5 September. The successful applicant will be notified by 5pm on Friday 6 September. This opportunity is not available to those in full-time education or residing outside of Scotland.

Margaret Salmon (b. 1975, New York) lives and works in Glasgow. Concerned with a shifting constellation of relations, such as those between camera and subject, human and animal, or autobiography and ethnography, Margaret Salmon’s films often examine the gendered, emotive dynamics of social interactions and representational forms. Salmon won the inaugural Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006, was recently shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2018 and the 2019 Margaret Tait Award.