Keith Whittle

Keith Whittle is a British researcher, lecturer, art advisor and producer, who also curates and writes on contemporary art.

He is an advisor and associate curator at White Rainbow gallery, London; Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London; and recent Research Fellow, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

As a programme director and arts producer, he has organised many monographic and thematic exhibitions. In keeping with his interests in modern and contemporary art from the Asia-Pacific region, his work has brought attention to emerging and under-recognised artists or little-explored themes and practices in the art world. As a researcher, he has undertaken extended periods of fieldwork in the Asia-Pacific region, and he is currently writing a publication which explores ‘Chiiki Art (local art)’ or ‘Art Projects’ in Japan; objectives, practices, and considerations, from curatorial and artistic strategies to political, social and economic agendas.

Whittle has given talks and delivered discussion events with UK-Japan based institutions including the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Tokyo Geidai, Japan Foundation & University of the Arts London. Organisations and institutions he has previously worked with include Serpentine Galleries, London; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead; EAI, New York; BankArt NYK, Yokohama; Tate Art Galleries; P3 art and environment, Tokyo; Beppu Project NPO, Oita; Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich; ShanghArt gallery, Shanghai; Hong Kong Arts Centre & Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), London.

近年では、日本の現代美術に特化したロンドンのギャラリーWhite Rainbowの顧問兼アソシエイトキュレーターを務め、山城 知佳子、Chim↑Pom、笹本 晃、泉 太郎、 小泉 明郎、そして片山 真理といった日本の主要な現代美術作家の個展とプロジェクトを含む、12ヶ月間の新しいプログラムに携わってきた。
研究者としては、長期間にわたりアジア太平洋地域の実地研究に取り組み、近年ではキューレーションや芸術戦略から政治、社会、経済的課題まで幅広い考察から実践を試みた「地域アート」又は「アートプロジェクト」に関する出版事業に従事し、ロンドンのサザビーズ・インスティテュート・オブ・アート(Sotheby’s Institute of Art)で、日本の近現代美術に関するレクチャーにも登壇している。