At the World Premiere of Sarah Forrest’s 2017 Margaret Tait Award commission on Monday 26 February, Glasgow Film Festival presented the 2018 Margaret Tait Award to Alberta Whittle.

Supported by Creative Scotland and LUX, the Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image. Born a hundred years ago, Margaret Tait was an Orcadian filmmaker and writer whose film poems, hand-painted animations, and documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking.

Born in Barbados and currently resident in Glasgow,  Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher, and educator. Her practice is informed by diasporic conversation and working collectively towards radical love.

Since 2007, she has accrued extensive professional experience developing exhibitions and workshops in South Africa, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK. During 2018, Alberta will be undertaking research residencies at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and at Creative Lab at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) both in Glasgow.

In April 2018, Alberta will be presenting her research at The Showroom in London as part of Holding Space, a research group examining colonial administration and decolonial processes.

Alberta Whittle said: ‘I am so excited by this opportunity to develop a new body of ambitious work. The award will allow me to bring together my research on authenticity, memory, history, loss, and healing.’

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