Skip to content

Art marketing tips: 8 Tips for creating a brilliant artist CV

how to write an artist CV

An artist CV is a document that will be called upon many times throughout your art career.

CV is a summary of your experience, skills and education.  It is a simple document basically made up of bullet points under several main topics.

You may need to use your CV when :

  • Applying for a gallery show
  • Applying for a grant
  • Providing information to membership groups and art associations
  • Providing information to be on Colour In Your  Life TV show.

CV is an abbreviation for Curriculum Vitae.  And is different to a resume.

resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The resume will be tailored to each position whereas the CV will stay put and any changes will be in the cover letter.

The purpose of an artist CV  is to highlight your artistic training, exhibition history and significant career achievements.

8 Tips for creating a brilliant artist CV

  1. Keep simple- use bullet points or easy to skim short sentences.
  2. Keep it short- between two and four pages is recommended.
  3.  Keep standard fonts- like Ariel, Calibri or Time New Roman
  4. Keep it up to date and current.
  5. Keep it clear and mistake-free- always proofread several times to ensure all the information is correct.
  6. Keep it factual – back up what you say with evidence.
  7. Keep your reader in mind – Tailor your CV to the opportunity or job.
  8. Keep the right tone and be confident- avoid jargon.

 We recommend you include:

Personal Details

Name, address, phone number, website address, email and any other additional contact details. Your name should also appear on every page of the CV

Education/Artist Training

Any art-related education and training. Courses, BA/Foundation/honors degrees, postgraduate and academic achievements.

Grants and Awards

Any art-related grants and awards you have received.


These should be listed in chronological order starting from the most recent exhibition. Solo shows and group shows can be grouped together if you are a beginning artist have few exhibitions. Experienced artists may choose to only include only selected exhibitions


Any commission based work you have done.


This can be both public and private collection. Private collectors might want to stay anonymous, so permission should always be obtained before listing their name on your CV.

Current Gallery Representation and/or Agent

Galleries/agents who are exhibiting and representing your work.


Any published videos ( like a Colour in Your Life TV show) articles, reviews and catalogues about your work.

Other categories you might want to include

Artist Residency, Art Related Employment, Professional Memberships

Are you ready to take your art career to the next level but aren’t sure what to do next?

Coaching Sessions colour in your life

Why not get a bit of art business coaching from us? Read about some of our offers here or contact us today

Special discounts for our premium members.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Join The Art Revolution

Sign up to our email list to get notified about TV episodes, news and special offers. (don't worry, we never spam)

Join as a free member and receive our newsletter with news and latest episode releases, but join as a VIP premium member and receive so much more.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Colour In Your Life

Featured Artist Pack

Market yourself to an international audience and take your career as an artist to the next level. Sign up to download the Colour In Your Life Featured Artist Pack.

Thanks for subscribing. Your download will be sent to your email.

Are you ready to take your practice to the next level?

Be on the Colour In Your Life show and market yourself to an international audience and take your career as an artist to the next level. 

Get in touch with us to get more information.

Thanks for registering your interest to be a featured artist in Colour In Your Life. We'll get in touch with you as soon as possible.