Alberta Whittle

Born 1980, Bridgetown; Lives in Glasgow;

Current & Forthcoming

2023 ‘The Trembling Museum’, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow
2024 ‘Dominique White and Alberta Whittle: Sargasso Sea’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
  ‘Soulscapes’, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
  ‘Surrealism and Us: Caribbean African Diasporic Artists since 1940’, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  ‘Learning a new punctuation for hope in times of disaster’, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
  Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Solo Exhibitions

2023 ‘All About Love’, BUILDHOLLYWOOD, Edinburgh
  ‘"Even in the most beautiful place in the world, our breath can falter".’, The Modern Institute, 14–20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
  ‘Alberta Whittle: between a whisper and a cry’, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  ‘create dangerously’, Modern One, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  ‘Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release’, Holburne Museum, Bath
2022 ‘Respectability won't save you: a Caribbean haunting’, Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York (curated by Arianna Nourse)
  ‘Hope & Glory: Encountering Welcome’, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton
  ‘deep dive (pause) uncoiling memory’, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice
2021 ‘Right of Admission Retrospective’, University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg (with Farieda Nazier)
  ‘RESET’, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
  ‘Sonia Boyce, In the Castle of My Skin’, mima, Middlesbrough
  ‘business as usual: hostile environment’, Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Part of Glasgow International 2021)
2020 ‘No Mudder Country Here’, Grand Union, Birmingham
2019 ‘How flexible can we make the mouth’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
  ‘Business as Usual’, Tyburn Gallery, London
  ‘Useless’, Pig Rock Bothy, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh (with Emilio Bianchi)
2016 ‘The Polity of Φ’, Glasgow Project Room and Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow (with Deniz Uster)
2015 ‘The Cradle’, Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (with Dean Hutton)
2014 ‘Right of Admission’, ROOM Gallery, Johannesburg (with Farieda Nazier)
2010 ‘badmanabadman’, Bridgetown Gallery, Barbados

Group Exhibitions

2023 ‘Radical Shapeshifters’, Kunsthal Mechelen, Mechelen
  ‘Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art, 1950s–Now’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  ‘Pictures of Us’, Gathering, London
  ‘Contested Bodies’, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, The University of Leeds
  ‘Frieze Film × ICA Artists’ Film’, ICA, London
  ‘The Struggle of Memory – Deutsche Bank Collection’, Palais Populaire
  ‘Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance’, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  ‘El Dorado: Myths of Gold’, Americas Society, New York (Part I)
  ‘Rupture, Rapture: Womxn in Collage’, 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow
  ‘Scottish Women Artists: 250 Years of Challenging Perception’, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
  ‘Black Venus’, Somerset House, London
  ‘Exhibition: Tributaries’, The Line, The House Mill, London
  ‘Tales for a Stranger’, Maruani Mercier, Brussels
  ‘Her Blood Spoke: Joscelyn Gardner, Kara Springer & Alberta Whittle’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  ‘Soft and weak like water’, 14th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
  ‘Black Venus’, The Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco
  ‘Women to Watch UK: New Worlds at Christie’s’, Christie's , London
  ‘Fragments of Epic Memory’, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Touring Group Show)
2022 ‘Twilight Land’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  ‘Moving Bodies, Moving Images’, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  ‘ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm)’, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm ( curated by Sir Isaac Julien)
  ‘Black Melancholia’, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson
  ‘Devenir isla’, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
  ‘Scottish Women Artists Transforming Tradition’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
  ‘Revisiting the work of Black Artists in Scotland through New Collecting’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2021 ‘Sex Ecologies’, Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway
  ‘Life between islands: Caribbean British Art 1950s - Now’, Tate Britain, London
  ‘New Arrivals’, Modern One, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  ‘We Are History’, Somerset House, London
  ‘The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change’, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg
  ‘Fragments of Epic Memory’, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  ‘Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism’, Glasgow Women's Library, Glasgow
  ‘British Art Show 9’, Aberdeen Art Gallery (10 Jul – 10 Oct 2021); Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Wolverhampton School of Art (22 Jan – 10 Apr 2022); KARST, MIRROR , Plymouth College of Art, The Box, Plymouth & The Levinsky Gallery, University of Plymouth (8 Oct – 23 Dec 2022)
  ‘Art Night London’
  ‘Liverpool Biennial 2021: The Stomach and the Port’, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
  ‘An Infinity of Traces’, Lisson Gallery, London
  ‘A Miraculous Noise’, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg
  ‘Miraculous Noise: Artists’ Moving Image from Glasgow’, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg
  ‘SuperRoom: Ecosystems of Relations’, SUPER DAKOTA, Brussels
  ‘The Portrait in Focus’, Alma Zevi, Venice
  ‘Jupiter Rising’, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
  ‘In The Castle Of My Skin’, mima, Middlesbrough
2020 ‘Here be Dragons’, Copperfield, London
  ‘In the Castle of My Skin’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
  ‘Sonia Boyce: In the Castle of My Skin 25 January to 8 August 2020’, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
2019 ‘The Imagined New’, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
  ‘13th Havana Biennial’, Wilfredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba
  ‘Displaced’, Travelling Gallery, Scotland
2018 ‘Another Country’, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
  ‘Stalking the Image, Margaret Tait and Her Legacy’, GOMA, Glasgow
  ‘TRANS’, University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg
  ‘there’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title)’, The Showroom, London
  ‘Another Country’, Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery, Minnesota, USA
  ‘Inner City’, GOMA, Glasgow
  ‘WOMXN’, De Balie, Amsterdam
2017 ‘You never stand in the same water twice’, ROOM 113, Newcastle
  ‘ANTE’, Suede Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 ‘Rum Retort’, The Tobacco Warehouse, Greenock
  ‘Hidden Door Festival’, Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh
  ‘Between democracies 1989-2014: Memory and commemoration’, Kunsthalle Bratislava
2015 ‘Between Democracies 1989-2014: Memory and Commemoration’, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
  ‘Embodied Spaces’, FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam
  ‘Finite Project Altered When Open’, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
  ‘Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale’, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
2014 ‘Resident 14’, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  ‘International Artist Initiated’, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow
  ‘Where We’re At! Other Voices on Gender’, The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
  ‘Transforming Spaces’, National Art Gallery , Bahamas
  ‘STOP MAKING SENSE’, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 ‘CARIFESTA XI’, CARIFESTA XI, Paramaribo, Suriname
  ‘women.object.corpse’, Centre for African Studies, Cape Town, South Africa
2012 ‘Streets of Gold’, Museum of London, London
  ‘LOOPING’, Greatmore Studios, South Africa
2011 ‘Split’, Arratia Beer and Sommer und Kohl, Berlin
  ‘Pop Up Cocktail Bar and Love Club’, The Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol
2010 ‘NWSP 10 Years’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
  ‘The Secret Confession’, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Solo Screenings

2024 ‘Crafted Selves: The Unfinished Conversation’, Byre Theatre, University of St Andrews
2022 ‘Lagareh — The Last Born’, Scotland+Venice Cinema Tour, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow; Eden Court, Inverness; Mareel, Lerwick; Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen; Broadford Town Hall, Skye; Ayr Town Hall, Ayr
  ‘The Axe Forgets But The Tree Remembers’, EartH, Hackney (7 September), The Rio Cinema, Hackney (21 September), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (26 September) and Queen’s House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (26 September) (commissioned as part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, curated by Create London in partnership with Hackney Council and funded by the Freelands Foundation)
2021 ‘ART NIGHT 2021’, CCA Derry~Londonderry

Group Screenings

2024 GUT_BRAIN 1: Destructive Desires and Other Destinies of Excess, Small World Music Centre, Toronto
2023 ‘Videonale, Scope Festival #10’, Turistarama, Cologne
  ‘SET Film Festival’, SET, London
  Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich
  ‘Earth Day Screening’, Lighthouse, Brighton
2021 ‘Art Night Marathon’ (Online screening)
2020 ‘Glasgow Short Film Festival’, Civic House, Glasgow
  ‘Kaleidoskop’, Karlsplatz, Vienna
2017 ‘Self-Service’, CCA, Glasgow

Projects

2022 ‘Congregation (Creating Dangerously)’, Grand Union, Birmingham
2019 ‘Without Tides, An Invitation’, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh

Commissions

2023 ‘Feeling Blue’, Royal Museums Greenwich, London

Performances

2023 ‘Alberta Whittle: The Last Born — making room for ancestral transmissions’, Parliament Hall, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Art Festival 2023)
2021 ‘DIS: A Lesson in Reversal and Unlearning’, Two Temple Place, London

Talks

2023 ‘Create dangerously’, National Galleries of Scotland, Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  ‘The Past is Present: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration’, Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice, Vanderbilt University
2022 ‘AfroScots: Revisiting the Work of Black Artists in Scotland through New Collecting’, GOMA, Glasgow

Awards

2020 Frieze Artist Award,
  Turner Prize bursary,
  Henry Moore Foundation artist award,
2018 Margaret Tait Award,

Residencies

2021 ‘Creating Dangerously’, CCA Derry~Londonderry

Bibliography

Press

2024 Lisa Anderson: ‘SOULSCAPES’, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 14/02/2024
  ‘Art shows to leave the house for in February 2024’, Dazed, 26/01/2024
2023 Alan Caldwell: Finding Beauty in Kindness: Alberta Whittle‘s Exhibition Explores Connected Histories, EnergyPortal.eu, 11/11/2023
  John-Baptiste Odour: ‘‘The Black Atlantic’ at 30: A Reappraisal’, ArtReview, 25/10/2023
  ‘Beneath the blue’, Royal Museums Greenwhich, 05/10/2023
  ‘New commissions and contemporary works part of Dovecot’s Scottish Women Artists’, Martin Cid Magazine, 07/07/2023
  Paul Pieroni : Alberta Whittle‘s Political Project of Remembering, Art Review, 29/06/2023
  Jareh Das: ‘How I became an artist: Alberta Whittle’, Art Basel, 22/06/2023
  Holly Black: ‘The Rise of the Feminist Mermaid in an Age of Ecological Crisis’, Art Review, 21/06/2023
  Neil Cooper: ‘Alberta Whittle: Create Dangerously’, The List, 25/05/2023
  Harvey Dimond: ‘Ancestral Meditations: Alberta Whittle interview’, The Skinny, 11/05/2023
  Cameron, Lucinda: ‘Legacy of racism explored in ‘hugely important’ Alberta Whittle exhibition’, The Independent, 30/03/2023
  Jones, Jonathan: ‘Bath’s slavery past, an exiled Iraqi and Britain’s first celebs – the week in art’, The Guardian, 30/01/2023
  Tewkesbury, Lydia;: ‘Shine a Light’, Bath Life, 27/01/2023
  Clugston, Hannah: ‘A twisted tale of sugarand slaves: AlbertaWhittle uncoversawkward truths in UK show’, The Art Newspaper, 06/01/2023
2022 Heinrich, Kathrin: ‘Discover the Kabinett sector at Art Basel MiamiBeach’, Art Basel, 28/11/2022
  ‘A lineup without limits: the Jarman awardson tour – in pictures’, The Guardian, 22/09/2022
  CSS Bard: ‘Black Melancholia’, CSS Bard, 25/06/2022
  Beth Colocci & Nina Pearlman: ‘New Worlds / Women to Watch 2024’, UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 01/03/2022
  Patrick Kurth: ‘Sex Ecologies’ Imagines Life in the Debris of Imperialism, Frieze, 24/02/2022
2021 e-flux: ‘Sex Ecologies’, e-flux, 02/12/2021
  Lauren Dei: ‘Inside a new exhibition joining the dots between art, colonialism and the climate crisis’, gal-dem, 10/11/2021
  Precious Adesina: ‘The art exploring the truth about how climate change began’, BBC Culture, 25/10/2021
  Inês Geraldes Cardoso: ‘Interview with Alberta Whittle: ‘RESET’’, this is tomorrow, 09/10/2021
  Ben Luke: ‘A brush with... Alberta Whittle’, Art Newspaper, 11/08/2021
  Ocula: ‘An Infinity of Traces’, Ocula, 13/04/2021
  Gareth Harris: ‘Britishness, belonging and Blackness: artists reflect on complexities of cultural identity in new London show’, Art Newspaper, 08/02/2021
2020 Taylor Le Melle: ‘Playing (With) Ghosts’, Frieze Week, 10/2020
  Anna McNay: ‘Alberta Whittle – interview: ‘No one can find Barbados on a map, whereas everyone can find the UK. That level of inattention galvanises so much of my work ’’, Studio-International.co.uk, 05/09/2020
  Gabriella Angeleti: Alberta Whittle named the winner of this year‘s Frieze Artist Award, Art Newspaper, 25/08/2020
  Sarah Cascone: ‘10 Artists Will Each Get £10,000 Grants in Lieu of This Year’s Cancelled Turner Prize. Here’s a Look at Each of Them’, artnet, 02/07/2020
  Ed Pavlic: ‘ALBERTA WHITTLE Business As Usual’, Source, 2020
2019 Raquel Villar-Pérez: ‘Artistic Work as a Form of Healing’, C&, 2019

Exhibition Reviews

2024 Jonathan Jones: ‘Soulscapes review:glimpses of greatness get lost in the lush, tropical overgrowth’, The Guardian, 13/02/2024
2023 Jonathan Jones: ‘Rage, ecstasy and painting turned up to 11 Edinburgh art festival review’, The Guardian, 08/08/2023
  Westall, Mark: ‘Alberta Whittle, Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release’, FAD, 27/01/2023
2022 Cotter, Holland : ‘For Black Artists, the Motivating Power of Melancholia’, The New York Times, 23/06/2022
  Harris, Gareth; McGivern, Hannah; da Silva, José and Seymour, Tom: ‘Venice Biennale 2022: themust-see collateral exhibitionsaround the city’, The Art Newspaper, 21/04/2022
2021 Morris, Kadish : ‘Grief, loss and resurrections at Edinburgh art festival – review’, The Guardian, 05/08/2021
  Cornwell, Tim: ‘Black Lives Matter resonates throughout Edinburgh Art Festival’, The Art Newspaper, 02/08/2021

Publications

2019 How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee