Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher, and curator.
Alberta Whittle. Photo by Matthew Arthur Williams.
Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher, and curator. Her creative practice prioritises questions of self-care and compassion, while considering the historic legacies and contemporary expressions of anti-blackness, colonialism and migration.She choreographs installations, using film, sculpture, and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.
After studying Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, she completed a Masters degree at Glasgow School of Art in 2011. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Alberta received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award in 2022, she also represented Scotland at the world’s largest international festival the 59th Venice Biennale. In 2020, she was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award. She was the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018-19.
Her extensive range of solo and group shows include amongst others a comprehensive solo show at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Holburne Museum, Bath and the Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (all 2023). Tate Britain, London; Fotografiska, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Moderna Museet, Malmo and Kunsthall, Trondheim (all 2022). The Liverpool Biennale; The British Art Show, Art Night, London; Glasgow International (all 2021); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2020); the 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba; GoMA, Glasgow and the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (all 2019). The Showroom, London; National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; RAW Material, Dakar and FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (all 2018).
Her work has been acquired for the UK National Collections, The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art amongst other private collections.