Artist Talk – Tam Joseph in conversation with Tiffany Boyle and Alberta Whittle

October is Black History Month and, to celebrate it, we are highlighting some key artists in our collection. In this artist talk, we present a conversation between artist Tam Joseph with Tiffany Boyle and Alberta Whittle, held at GoMA on 23rd November 2017 as part of CCA’s programme “Invisible Knowledge”.

Tam Joseph, born in Dominica in 1947, lives and works London. The event centred on “Timespan”, a large-scale painted work by Jospeh which entered the collection of Glasgow Museums in 1992, as a gift from the Contemporary Art Society. This work acts as a point-of-departure for an overview of Joseph’s practice since the late-60’s, working across painting and sculpture primarily. Discussion encompasses the socio-political commentary at the centre of seminal works such as ‘UK School Report’ (1980-82), the representation and symbolism of water in his work, and conclude with exploring current directions in his practice.

Tiffany Boyle is a curator, researcher and writer, and an Associate Faculty of the MLitt Curatorial Practice programme at the Glasgow School of Art. Together with Jessica Carden, she founded the curatorial project Mother Tongue. Since 2009, they have together produced exhibitions, film programmes, discursive events, essays and publications, working with galleries, museums, archives, festivals and national organisations, primarily in Scotland.

Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and curator. She was awarded a Turner Bursary, the Frieze Artist Award and a Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award in 2020. Alberta is a Research Associate at The University of Johannesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9. Her work was on display in the exhibition Inner City at GoMA in 2018.

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