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Writing Your Artist CV: A Guide to Standing Out

Creating an effective Artist CV is crucial to making a brilliant impression on commissioners, curators, producers, employers, and others looking to collaborate with artists. Here’s how you can ensure your CV not only catches their eye but also tells your story.

Know Your Audience

Before you start, think about who will read your CV. What are they specifically looking for? Tailor your CV to highlight the skills and experiences that align with their needs.

Customise Your CV

Adapt your CV for different audiences, whether it’s for commissioners, galleries, funders, universities, or employers. Emphasise the aspects of your background that match what they value most.

Structure Your CV Clearly

An Artist CV should summarise your professional journey, focusing on areas most relevant to your audience. Consider including these key sections:

  • Contact Details
  • Education and Professional Development
  • Skills
  • Experience and Achievements
  • Commissions and Projects
  • Exhibitions and Shows
  • Awards
  • Related Work Experience
  • Referees

Be Factual and Provide Evidence

Support every claim with evidence. Your CV is not a life story but a concise document showcasing your qualifications and achievements pertinent to the opportunity.

Write a Compelling Personal Statement

Kick off your CV with a personal statement that encapsulates your passion, uniqueness, and suitability for the opportunity. Keep it brief yet impactful.

Remember this is not always your artist statement!

Embrace Simplicity

Aim for a two-page CV. Being concise demonstrates your ability to prioritise and communicate effectively. Consider using the word ‘Selected’ in your headings to indicate edited highlights.

Use a Confident Tone

Project confidence by highlighting your skills and achievements with examples or quotes from previous projects. Avoid vague statements.

Avoid Jargon

Clear and straightforward language makes your CV more accessible to a diverse audience. Stay away from unnecessary complexity.

Design for Readability

While creativity in presentation is encouraged, clarity and professionalism should always take precedence. Ensure your CV is visually appealing and easy to navigate.

Proofread Thoroughly

Errors can detract from your professionalism. Proofread your CV multiple times or have someone else review it to catch any mistakes.

Keep It Updated

Your Artist CV is a living document. Regularly update it to reflect your latest accomplishments and experiences.

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