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.
Committed to making art available to the widest possible audience he combines extensive experience of working with artists, both national and international, with a strong academic background in art history. 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 expanded areas of practice 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.
Previously, he has held a number of positions at leading institutions and commissioning agencies such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Film and Video Umbrella, London. He has also 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.