Alberta Whittle (b. 1980 Bridgetown, Barbados) lives and works between Scotland and Barbados and is an artist, researcher and curator. She was chosen for the Margaret Tait Award for 2018/9, the Turner Prize 2020 bursary, the Henry Moore Foundation artist award 2020 and the Frieze Artist Award 2020.
Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. Oscillating between cutting humour and sensitive poetics her work ranges across media and across continents.
Over 2021, Whittle will be sharing new work as part of Art Night London, British Art Show 9, Liverpool Biennial, Glasgow International, Right of Admission at the University of Johannesburg and will have a solo exhibition at Copperfield. She is currently included in Photoworks Festival and our current exhibition Here be Dragons.
Whittle has exhibited and performed in group and solo exhibitions internationally including at The Showroom, London; DCA, Dundee; BOZAR, Brussels; GoMA, Glasgow; National Galleries of Scotland; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba; The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh; National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; RAW Material, Dakar; the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg; Grand Union, Birmingham; Goethe On Main, Johannesburg; and at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.
Her work is part of The Scottish National Gallery Collections, Glasgow Museums Collections, The UK Arts Council Collection, St Andrew's University and The Contemporary Art Research Collection at Edinburgh College of Art.
Whittle is currently a Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and her writing has been published in MAP magazine, Visual Culture in Britain, Visual Studies, Art South Africa and Critical Arts Academic Journal.