Whenever you want to apply for an exhibition, gallery or art show, or even just reaching out and promoting your art, it’s important to have a way of presenting factual information about yourself. An artist CV should be able to tell the reader about you and art-related activities you’ve undertaken. It’s not a selling tool like your art collections or statement – but a factual document.
Things to include in an Artist CV
- Name and Contact Details. Include web and online social details.
- Education. Only include education after secondary school.
- Solo and group exhibitions. Include the year, exhibition name, gallery and location. If you have a lot of exhibitions to list then call it ‘Selected Exhibitions’ and include your most impressive only.
- Grants, prizes and awards. Won or short-listed for.
- Publications. Any articles/books/papers you have published. Include the name, publication and date.
- Commissions. Examples of commissions show the level of trust someone had in you. Include the year or commission and outcome.
- Projects. Any specific art projects which you have been involved in. Include the name, purpose and date.
- Memberships to professional organisations.
- Courses achieved. Digital art editing, training, web authoring, professional development or guest lecturing.
- Courses you teach. Any workshops, courses or online course material you have done or been involved with.
- Do you do any micro-jobbing? Websites such as fivesquids.co.uk or fiverr.com provides a platform for a marketplace of micro jobs. A micro job is a small one-off job which can be provided by normal people with appropriate skills.
Remember the CV is not a showcase; the CV needs to be a concise document with a focus on factual and achievement-based content.
Keep the design and layout very simple, you might not be showcasing your creativity here but do take the opportunity to show that you can present yourself professionally. Use a clear font and simple format, stick to less than two pages.
It’s good practice to save your CV in two formats:
- Word document – Easy to update and maintain
- PDF – Best for submitting your CV as it keeps the same format across different computer platforms.
As with any other CV make it simple and easy to read, tailor it for the opportunity and keep it up-to-date.