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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.

Exhibitions

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

Commissions

Any commission based work you have done.

Collections

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.

Bibliography

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


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