Your artist CV is a great tool to demonstrate your level of visual practice and professionalism to curators, funders and residency providers. It is not the same as an employment CV, as it is packed full of details about your artistic practice, such as your arts education, training, exhibitions, commissions and awards etc. (See Artquest to find out what other elements feature on your Artist CV:http://www.artquest.org.uk/articles/view/how-to-create-a-cv ). The aim of your artist CV is to build trust in others about you and your visual practice.
Throughout your GSA experience you will have been exposed to a range of opportunities that will have helped develop your artist CV. Opportunities such as year group exhibitions, live and public art projects and collaborative practice, all of which contribute to your artist CV. So, when writing your artist CV take care to detail all your visual practice and include titles, dates and online links (where possible) and ensure that you artist CV is as comprehensive as it can be.
Don’t leave writing your artist CV to the last minute. Continuously consolidating, developing and writing your Artist CV throughout your GSA experience, is a fantastic way to reflect on your emerging practice and will help you to discover where your experience gaps are. Don’t ignore any gaps, always explore how you might increase your experience or develop new practice to enhance your artist CV for the future.
- if you find that you have limited experience in giving artist talks…..why not organise a short exhibition that has an opportunity to deliver an artist talk as part of the show….The GSA’s Student Union http://theartschool.co.uk/about-us is available for GSA students to book exhibition space.
- Limited awards or achievements? why not increase your applications to opportunities. There are some great websites that provide great information on competitions, awards and commissions for example; Isendyouthis website: http://www.isendyouthis.com/opportunities.aspx
- Not a member of a professional artist /visual organisation? Why not explore the benefits of joining a professional organisation as a student and establishing great networks before you graduate. Creative Scotland http://www.creativescotland.com/ Arts Council England http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/, Arts Council Northern Ireland http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/ , Arts Council Wales http://www.artswales.org.uk/, and the Scottish Artist Union http://www.sau.org.uk/ to name but a few.
Remember the more comprehensive your Artist CV is to more trust and confidence you will build with others about your professionalism. so what are you waiting for, start your artist CV today……
The Practical Art World: http://thepracticalartworld.com/2011/02/12/how-to-write-an-artists-cv-in-10-steps/
College Art Assocation: http://www.collegeart.org/guidelines/visartcv
Art terms: http://www.artistterms.com/artistcv.htm