How to write an Artist Statement

For many artists, it’s difficult to explain their work in words.  The most important thing for artists to write is their artist statement. It can greatly dictate how people think about your work.


An Artist Statement is a description of your work in your words. It should briefly describe how your work, and what it means. It is no longer than a page and can be as short as one hundred words. You can use it for your website, galleries, press mentions, portfolios, applications and submissions. Our 5 step guide can help you with the steps for writing an Artist Statement.

Furthermore, if English is your second language, it might be even more difficult to know what to write. You can use Google translate but that doesn't always translate. You'll also find some useful English expressions, idioms and examples of other artist statements. So you'll learn in context. 

What are the steps for writing an Artist Statement 

1. Gather your work together and write 3 powerful words that describe your work. 

2. Interview yourself 

3. See what other artists write about their work 


4. Write your artist statement 

5. Edit and send to people to read 

If you want to advertise what you do at the same time as practising your English we'll share your artist statement on the Arty Anglais Podcast. 


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