Alberta Whittle

Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She is the recipient of a Turner Bursary in 2020 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9.

Alberta is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art and is a Research Associate at The University of Johnnesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is been a Board Member for the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network (SCAN) since 2017.

Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.

Alberta has exhibited and performed in various solo and group shows, including at Grand Union (2020), Eastside Projects (2020), DCA (2019), GoMA, Glasgow (2019), Pig Rock Bothy at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2019), 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba (2019), The Tyburn Gallery, London (2019), The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (2019), The Showroom, London (2018), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018), RAW Material, Dakar (2018), FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018), the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (2017), FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam (2015), Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (2015), at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), and BOZAR, Brussels (2014), amongst others.

Her work is part of The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art.

Over 2021, Alberta will be sharing new work as part of British Art Show 9, Art Night London, Liverpool Biennial and Glasgow International.

Whittle was an artist on the Holding Space programme as part of Object Positions at The Showroom.

Holding Space was a one-year programme of research and support for eight UK based artists, as part of the Object Positions programme at The Showroom, 2017-18.


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