PLATFFORM 2

Art Night & Peak: Alberta Whittle

18 June – 18 July 2021, Platfform 2

We’re pleased to collaborate with Art Night and Transport for Wales to present film works by Barbadian-Scottish artist Alberta Whittle at Platfform 2, new project spaces at Abergavenny Railway Station in the Welsh Borders. As we emerge from lockdown, this inaugural summer programme launches both a new arts venue and partnerships to help us reimagine the possibilities for our local and global futures. Alberta’s work invites us to reflect on ‘contested histories, climate colonialism, trauma and healing’*on a key Welsh transport artery with its historic links to border conflict, industry and extraction economies.

Curated by Helen Nisbet, Art Night 2021 marks the festival’s fifth edition. To celebrate this, Art Night will be extending its run-time to a full month of night-time events from 18 June to 18 July (coinciding with the Summer Solstice), that will be taking place throughout the country.

Through collaborating with new partners located in towns, cities and rural areas across the country, Art Night celebrates a decentralised, distributed way of working – continuing to put artists and their ideas at the forefront of the programme and creating an interconnected, international network of ecosystems for artists, art institutions and audiences.

Image caption: Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE, film still, 2021

Platfform 2 will present a curated programme of film works by Alberta Whittle including a screening of Art Night commission Holding the Line at the end of the festival. The exhibition will be open on Fridays and Saturdays throughout festival and an events programme including talks and reading groups will invite young people, artists and local communities to respond to Alberta Whittle’s work.

Alberta Whittle is a Barbadian-Scottish artist who works across film, sculpture, print, installation and performance. She lives and works in Glasgow. She was the winner of the Margaret Tait Award in 2018, the Frieze Artist Award 2020 and received a Turner Prize bursary, also in 2020. Alberta Whittle will represent Scotland at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2022.

*Raquel Villar Pérez in conversation with Alberta Whittle, accessed at: https://africanah.org/alberta-whittle-barbados/