Invest in Love (SOLD OUT)

Alberta Whittle

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About the edition

This print was created by Alberta Whittle and produced in DCA Print Studio as part of 2020 Editions: a portfolio of prints created to mark an extraordinary, challenging year, and to support DCA's recovery from a crisis that has gripped the entire cultural sector.

As the UK-wide lockdown that began in March 2020 drew to a close, we invited a group of artists who had participated in our programme to submit work to be developed with our team in DCA Print Studio and included in a portfolio. Some had worked with us recently; others had taken part in projects soon after we opened in 1999, but all of them gave their time and work generously in support of DCA, and we are incredibly grateful to them.

The project came with some built-in specifications – shape, size, edition number – but the remarkable diversity of the finished works eloquently reflects the range of our programme, and the possibilities of working with our Print Studio.

"My print, Invest in Love, speaks to my research on self-compassion and mutual care as forms of resistance to the catastrophe of the hostile environment. The hand-painted script is reminiscent of drawings made on windows misted over by condensation and speak of the intimate messages we write for ourselves or for others that can disappear as the moisture disappears.

These words are intended as a reminder for myself as much as for the viewer to remember to bring love into the everyday – love for the Self, love for others."
Alberta Whittle

Other prints included in the 2020 Editions portfolio:

Prints can be bought individually or as a portfolio of all 10 prints.

Year 2020
Edition of 30
Media Screenprint with copper and silver powder lettering on Somerset Satin 300gsm paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 42cm
Signature Numbered on verso in pencil and accompanied by a publisher’s certificate of authenticity

About Alberta Whittle

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 creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.
Alberta has exhibited and performed in various solo and group shows, including at Grand Union (2020), Eastside Projects (2020), DCA (2019), GoMA, Glasgow (2019), Pig Rock Bothy at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2019), 13th Havana Biennale, Cuba (2019), The Tyburn Gallery, London (2019), The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (2019), The Showroom, London (2018), National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (2018), RAW Material, Dakar (2018), FADA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018), the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg (2017), FRAMER FRAMED, Amsterdam (2015), Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (2015), at the Johannesburg Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice (2015), and BOZAR, Brussels (2014), amongst others.


Over 2021, Alberta will be sharing new work as part of Art Night London, British Art Show 9, Liverpool Biennial, business as usual: hostile environment at Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Right of Admission at the University of Johannesburg.

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