An artist statement is a fundamental piece of writing that gives readers an overview of your artistic practice. Whether you need it for your website or an application, it should grab the reader’s attention and make them want to know more about your work.
However, artist statements can be tricky to write. It can be extremely hard to know where to start, what to include, and how to make them clear and effective.
This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and techniques you need to be able to write a clear and effective artist statement.
After looking at comprehensive, updated frameworks and analysing your current statements in the workshop (15/03), you will be given time to write a new, informed artist statement and receive tailored feedback in the second session (17-18/04). At the end, you will have an edited, clear and effective artist statement – ready to be used.
Participants will learn, through a series of tailored exercises, experimenting with different techniques and practical directions. We will break down what an artist statement is, the dos & don’ts, ideal length and language, and establish what readers look for.
Throughout the workshop and the feedback session, we will support you and help you create an effective personal narrative, give you tangible tips to keep your artist statement updated, and look at how to adapt it according to different purposes. We will identify various writing styles which can be used, consider examples of statements written by other artists, and help you refine your own thanks to group exercises.
Find out more below about the experts who will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and feedback with you, below!
At the end of the feedback session, you will have expert advice and feedback specifically on your statement, in relation to your artistic practice, strengthening the way you present your work on your website, in your portfolio or in an application!
Find out more below about the experts who will be sharing their knowledge, expertise and feedback with you. Thanks to their experience as members of several jury committees, Mariana Sesma & Jessica Capra will share insights on what “the others” will be looking for when reading artist statements.
At the end of the workshop you will receive a toolkit you can refer to anytime you need, as your new artist statement will change and evolve alongside your practice.
WHAT DO PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS SAY?
This workshop was a wakeup call to be specific and intentional about my work. It was empowering to learn that I can control the narrative around my work if I am clear with my concepts and why I create what I create. I liked that everyone had a chance to read and give feedback about someone else’s statement before we discussed each statement as a group because it felt like an icebreaker. (D.B. participant, 2023)
Very cool! the way we perceived was amazing, because you could totally see at another statement what your own mistakes are. (L.B. participants, 2023)
Great, not dry theory, but a chance to visualise yourself and understand how the people around you perceive you, what mistakes appear not in writing but in practice. (A.K. participants, 2023)
From Brazil, Mariana Sesma is an artist and cultural manager with several years of experience, working in small and large Brazilian art institutions, among which the São Paulo Biennial. Having graduated in Visual Arts, and holding and MBA in Cultural Management, she has extensive knowledge about contemporary art. She has worked in the fields of Institutional and International Relations, Fundraising, Art Mediation, as well as in the organisation of numerous art exhibitions. She is a member of several jury committees, they will share insights on what “the others” look for when reading artist statements. She is one of the experts involved in the Summer Training for Emerging Artists, as well as the workshops of The Artist and the Others since 2020. She is passionate about art and culture, and a true believer in its crucial role in building a better Society. Her professional mission is to contribute to increasing the sustainability and accessibility of the arts. She is also joined the board of GEDOK Munich.
Jessica Capra is a cultural professional with ten years of experience of working in culture and supporting artists in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Turkey and Italy. She initiates and develops cultural projects based on specific needs to make a change. She works for and with artists and cultural professionals.
The pillars of every project she develops are the promotion of shared knowledge, the need to connect people to enhance skills, and the creation of new collaborations that can positively influence the current cultural scene. Her passion for motivating, empowering and advising others, especially young cultural professionals and artists, led her to the creation of The Artist and the Others. This Foundation, which is based in Maastricht & Munich and working alongside European partners, provides artists with the knowledge, skills and connections they need to develop their careers. For over 5 years, she has been coaching artists, and she initiated the Summer Training for Emerging artists, where she works with curators, cultural managers, galleriests and market specialists to bring their knowledge to artists. She is also part of different jury committees and a board member of GEDOK Munich.
Date: Friday 15th March (Workshop) + Thursday 17th/ Friday 18th April (Tailored Feedback, date TBC)
Time: 10:00-12:00 (including breaks)
Location: Online – Zoom
Places: 10 professionals
Experts: Mariana Sesma & Jessica Capra
**Price: €75 WORKSHOP + FEEDBACK (€56 WORKSHOP ONLY)
** *Spring Semester Bundle: €190 EARLY BIRD or €220 (PRICE AFTER THE 28th of February)
*All of the workshops of our SPRING SEMESTER 2024 are included in the comprehensive Spring Semester Bundle (3 Workshops + 3 Feedback/Review sessions). Please note that the bundle does not include ‘Workshop for recent graduates: How do you develop a career as an Artist?’ or Emilia Telese’s workshops ‘How to Navigate the Art World: Being an Artist, as a Profession’ & ‘How to create a Sustainable Workflow of Projects. Project Management for Artists’.
**If you find it hard to pay in a lump sum, payment by instalments is an option. In case of financial difficulties, or questions connected to the workshop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
!! We highly recommend artists to attend both the workshop and the feedback session (included in the Workshop + Feedback package or comprehensive Spring Semester Bundle). The unique opportunity to receive tailored feedback from our experts can give you the tools you need to develop a clear and effective artist statement, making the difference. !!