Between 1995-2005, Keith Whittle worked exclusively in the commissioning and exhibition of Artists’ Film Video and Performance works at the leading national agency for commissioning and touring artists moving image work Film and Video Umbrella, London.
Artists’ film has moved from the British art scene’s fringes into the limelight over the past decade. Artists’ moving image works are now shown in gallery and museum exhibitions across the country, and they have also been recognised by UK’s prestigious Turner Prize art award, with Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost being awarded for film works in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
At Film and Video Umbrella and since Keith Whittle has worked on numerous artists’ moving image projects from the ambitious collaborative project Urban Explorations in Sound and Moving Image from China & UK, 2006-2007; multi-screen gallery and public-realm site-specific installations to shorter film and video works, as well as online commissions, artist residencies, events and publications. Whilst at Film and Video Umbrella, individual artist collaborations included national touring exhibitions by Turner prize nominees Isaac Julien, Jane and Louise Wilson, and Turner prize winner Mark Leckey, as well as exhibition projects with other leading talents including Johan Grimonprez, Mark Lewis and Janice Kerbel. Film and Video Umbrella projects explore contemporary themes and emerging aesthetic trends, and are produced in partnership and collaboration with major galleries, festivals, corporate sponsors and academic institutions.
He has curated and produced numerous other moving image projects including an exhibition of work by 2013 Turner Prize winner, and 2011 Film London Jarman Award nominee, Laure Prouvost, Chinese artist Lu Chunsheng and displays of work by pioneering artist-filmmaker Tony Hill.
Other displays of artists’ moving image include Moving Pictures: Artists’ Films from the Film London Jarman Award a film programme that shows the strength and experimental nature of films and moving image works created by visual artists in the UK. Moving Pictures brings together an eclectic range of moving image works by some of the most outstanding British or UK-based artist practitioners. The two programmes showcase the rich and diverse range of work currently being produced, from the fantastical surrealism of Rachel Maclean’s personification of the heraldic symbols found on the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, to the mystery of Ben River’s film portrait of a 75-year-old man living in a remote part of Scotland.
The Film London Jarman Award is an annual prize celebrating imagination, innovation and excellence among UK artist filmmakers. Inspired by Derek Jarman, one of Britain’s most experimental and controversial artists of the late 20th century, the award recognises work that resists conventional definition.
Artist Film, Video and Performance projects include work by the following artists; Vito Acconci, Marina Abramovic, William Wegman, Roderick Buchanan, Johan Grimonprez, Jananne Al-Ani, Sutupa Biswas, Dryden Goodwin, Mark Leckey, Jane and Louise Wilson, Marine Hugonnier, Simon Faithfull, Breda Beban, Boyd Webb, Carey Young, Graham Gussin, Abigail Lane, A K Dolven, Isaac Julien (with Javier De Frutos – shortlisted for Turner Prize); Mark Lewis, Brad Butler and Karen Mirza (shortlisted for Artes Mundi 6 in 2014); John Akomfrah (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016 and in Venice Art Biennale 2015); Anja Kirschner and David Panos; Stephen Sutcliffe; Ed Atkins; Rachel Maclean (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; representing Scotland at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017); Emily Wardill; Elizabeth Price (Turner Prize winner in 2012); James Richards (featured in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; Turner Prize nominee in 2014; representing Wales at the Venice Art Biennale in 2017); Luke Fowler (Turner Prize nominee in 2012); Laure Prouvost (features in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016; Turner Prize winner in 2013); Ben Rivers; John Smith; Laura Buckley; Andrew Köttin; Benedict Drew (featuring in the British Art Show 8 in 2015/2016); Clio Barnard (BAFTA Outstanding Debut Award in 2011); Zineb Sedira