Biography 

Keith Whittle is a curator, programme director, producer and art advisor, and Fellow at Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London. 

With over two decades of experience encompassing research, commissioning and presentation of contemporary art. He has realised projects working with emerging and established names that span the mediums of video installation, experimental film, photographic and object based installation, new media and performance. Projects include monographic, thematic and inter-institutional national and international travelling shows. With a recent focus on championing the work of emerging and mid-career East and Southeast Asian artists working in a range of media.

Whittle’s curatorial practice is informed by extensive interdisciplinary research, long-term collaborations, and engagement that supports diverse and emergent artistic and curatorial practices. His projects often create a dialogue between the historical and contemporary, with cultural exchange and the transnational emerging as a common thread in his work.

Projects include commissions, residencies, gallery exhibitions and site-specific installations, publications, talks and events. Through commissions, Whittle has fortunate to work on projects with Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, nominee Issac Julian, and Venice Golden Lion winner Sonia Boyce, and national and international group and solo shows of work by Adel Abdessemed, Sutapa Biswas, Mari KatayamaMichael Landy, Rosy Martin, Yuko MohriLaure Prouvost, and Jane and Louise Wilson.

Whittle is a recipient of The Cultural Leadership Programme Award. A UK government-funded award for excellence in leadership to emerging to established world-class, dynamic and diverse leaders for the 21st Century. Curatorial Residencies including the inaugural OCAT Residency Programme in China and long established ARCUS Residency Programme in Japan. Academic awards include a Japan Foundation Fellowship that supports outstanding scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan.

He also lectures at academic institutions in Tokyo and London.

Selected Experience

Awardee The Cultural Leadership Programme. A UK government-funded award for excellence in leadership to emerging to established world-class, dynamic and diverse leaders for the 21st Century.

Associate Curator and Advisor at White Rainbow Gallery gallery, presenting the work of international artists with a focus on contemporary art from Japan.

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Guest Lecturer in Fine Art at Tokyo University of the Arts. Visiting Professor in Japan, and keynote academic speaker and talks moderator at cultural institutions such as The Japan Foundation.

International Projects UK-Japan, and Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and Fellow at The Japan Foundation

Advisor and art consultant to galleries, academic institutions and cultural organisations such as Arts Council England, British Council, and Slade School of Fine Art.

Programme Director and Curator, ARCUS Project and Beppu Project NPO, Japan, and OCAT Residency Programme, China

Director of Time-Based Media at the University of Sunderland, research and curating of new media and moving image projects working with national and international partners.

Responsible for artists’ moving image projects at Film and Video Umbrella, the leading UK agency in commissioning, curating and producing moving-image works, presented in collaboration with galleries and other cultural partners across the UK. 

Similarly, The New Media Department and Digital Media Art Festival at The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)exploring the possibilities of digital media and moving-image working with international artists and digital media specialists.

Researcher at Center for Art and Media | ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, exploring institutional archives, categorisation systems, and archival strategies with a focus on time-based media, video, film, slide, audio, or computer technologies, both physical and digital.

Selected Project and Exhibition Partners

Arts Council England, Asia Art Archive (China), BFI SouthBank (UK), BankART1929 (Japan), Beppu Project NPO (Japan), Britich Council (China), British Council (Japan), British Council (UK), CCGA (Japan), CIANT (Czech Republic), CRUMB (UK), Cornerhouse (UK), Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (UK/Japan), Embassy of Japan in the UK, FACT (UK), Film and Video Umbrella (UK), French Institute (UK & Japan), Hong Kong Arts Centre (China), IAMAS (Japan), Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts (UK), Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK), Japan Foundation (UK/Japan), LUX (UK), Mori Art Center (Japan), NHK Broadcasting Company (Japan), Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art (UK), P3 art and environment (Japan), Platform China (China), SCAI The Bathhouse (Japan), Southbank Centre (UK), Serpentine Gallery (UK), Slade School of Fine Art (UK), TATE (UK) The Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Japan), Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), Videotage (China), Visiting Arts (UK)., among others.