Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art and a Research Associate at The University of Johnnesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9.
Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to work collectively towards radical self-love. Informed by diasporic conversations, Alberta considers radical self-love and collective care key methods in battling anti-blackness. Her practice involves choreographing 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 GoMA, Glasgow (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. The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art recently purchased several of her digital collage prints.
Over 2019, Alberta will be showing her work at the 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba, displaced at The Travelling Gallery (various locations Scotland), UNFIX festival at the CCA, (Glasgow), The Imagined New at the University of Johannesburg (Johannesburg), Stalking the Image: Margaret Tait and her Legacy at GoMA (Glasgow), How flexible can we make the mouth at the DCA (Dundee), Without Tides, an invitation at Edinburgh Printmakers (Edinburgh) and Business as Usual at The Reid Gallery (Glasgow).
Alberta became a Board Member of the Scottish Contemporary Arts Network (SCAN) in 2017. Since 2016, she has been a Committee Member of Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, where her curatorial research looks at the need to decolonise public art institutions. She is co-curator of Another Country, a multi-sited exhibition and workshop programme, which began in 2018 at the Alice R Rogers & Target Galleries, St, John’s University, (Minnesota), travelled to Scotland for presentations at the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh and closes in 2019 at Inverness Art Gallery.
Alberta’s writing has been published in MAP magazine, Visual Culture in Britain, Visual Studies, Art South Africa and Critical Arts Academic Journal.