Your artist statement is an important, useful piece of text that enables curators, collectors, gallerists and peers to connect with your line of enquiry. This summary of your practice is useful for your website and supports applications to residencies, competitions and open exhibitions as well as providing a summary for press or writers.
If your artist statement isn’t up to scratch it might actually be preventing people connecting with your work and stop you from succeeding. Having great work is, of course, the priority, but today the art world wants reassurance that you know why you are doing what you are doing and they want an insight into your world and the things that drive you. If your statement sounds vague, boring or confused, it will affect how people read your images.
Many artists find writing objectively about their work difficult and drawing together the complex range of ideas that are inherent in your body of work is inevitably a challenge.
Sometimes it helps to have an objective, critical eye look over your statement to see if there is a way to improve how you are communicating about your work.
During an Artist Mentoring session you can receive:
- Objective critical feedback on your existing artist statement
- Suggestions on how to improve the statement
If you need more help in writing the statement it is possible to commission it to be written for you.
This may require further discussion, looking at more images of work or watching videos to ensure the text best represents you.
The result could be a more dynamic and intriguing overview of your work, that will also help focus your existing and developing body of work.