Giles Whitaker

Giles currently works in the Chemistry Department at Western University, London, Ontario. He specializes in scientific design and communication. He makes diagrams and illustrations for publications, and photographs and videos for documenting and disseminating research results.

Giles completed his BFA (with first-class honours) in Wellington, New Zealand, and his MFA at Western University, London, Ontario (he also holds an MSc in chemistry). His past artistic exhibitions in New Zealand and Canada include representational and abstract video, sound, computer-controlled machine works, and generative and interactive multimedia installations.

Artist Résumé:


MFA (Visual Arts), Western University, 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts (first class Hons), Massey University (Wellington), 2007

Master of Science (first class Hons), Auckland University, 1994

Bachelor of Science, Auckland University, 1992


Proximities, Hamilton Artists Inc, Jun 18 – Aug 13, 2016 (Hamilton, Ontario)

The Daily Grind, Museum London, Dec 19, 2015 – Apr 24, 2015 (London, Ontario)

Swarm, Hamilton Artists Inc, Nov 7 – Dec 5, 2015 (Hamilton, Ontario)

20/20 Vision/Hindsight, Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, Sep 11- Dec 19, 2015 (Hamilton, Ontario)

Listening Space, McIntosh Gallery, Aug 16- Sep 14, 2013 (London, Ontario)

Digital Phenomena, Toi Pōneke Gallery, 2-17 Apr 2009 (Wellington, New Zealand)

No Boys with Frogs, DNA Artspace, Nov 29 – Dec 15, 2013 (London, Ontario)

Make/Shift, Artlab, University of Western Ontario, Sep 20 - Oct 4, 2012 (London, Ontario)

Intensities and Lines of Flight, McIntosh Gallery, Apr 27 to Jun 16, 2012 (London, Ontario)

London Nuit Blanche, Museum London, Jun 18, 2011 (London, Ontario)

Optical Pop, The New Zealand Film Archive, Nov 3, 2010 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Strata: Contemporary Digital Artwork from Aotearoa, New Zealand, Enjoy Gallery,18-28 Jun, 2009 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Making Love to the Audience, The Dust Palace, May 2008 (Auckland, New Zealand)

3rdArtist’s Film Festival, The New Zealand Film Archive, Physics Room, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 2008 (Wellington, Christchurch and New Plymouth, New Zealand)

Hey Student!, The New Zealand Film Archive,22 Sep - 14 Oct 2007 (Wellington, New Zealand)

The Boiler Room,Tasman Street, 2007 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Cause for Pause,Cuba St, 2007 (Wellington, New Zealand)

Exhibition of the Land, Art for Art’s Sake, 2004 (Upper Hutt, New Zealand).

Scholarships, Awards and Residencies:

Museum London Youth Council Artist in Residence, Winter 2016 (London, Ontario)

McIntosh Gallery Artist in the Community, 2013 (London, Ontario)

Western Graduate Research Scholarship, Western University, 2011-2013 (London, Ontario)

Visual Arts Graduate Travel/Research Grant, Western University, 2012 (London, Ontario)

Works in collections:

New Zealand Film Archive: Giles Whitaker: Four New Works (2008)

New Zealand Film Archive: Giles Whitaker: Abstract Video 2007-2008 (2008)

New Zealand Film Archive: Giles Whitaker:Selected Abstract Video Works From 2006-2007 (2007)

New Zealand Film Archive: Ringscape (2007)

University courses taught:

MIT 2155B Social Media, Virtual Gaming and Networked Life, Western University, 2015 (London, Ontario)

MIT2601A Introduction to Video Theory and Production, Western University, 2014 (London, Ontario)

VAS2250 Introduction to Contemporary Media Art, Western University, 2011 (London, Ontario)

Other presentations given:

“Inc Spots” presentation at Hamilton Artists Inc, 2016

Critical Artmaking Workshops for Museum London Youth Council, Winter 2016 (London, Ontario)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Visual Arts, Western University,

Presenter at Critical Digital Matter: Aotearoa Digital Arts Network Symposium, 2009 (Wellington, New Zealand)