GUIDE TO WRITING AN interesting and relevant artist Statement


  • Keep it around 120 words – long enough for the reader to take away a couple of key points, and short enough to leave them wanting more. Preparing versions of your statement at different lengths (50, 120, 250 words) can be useful for different platforms.
  • Summarise your practice – including medium(s), themes, techniques and influences. Tie together conceptual underpinnings with the nuts and bolts of production.
  • Write in the third person.  Use simple language, avoiding clichés and artspeak. There’s no excuse for grammatical and spelling errors – get a friend or colleague to proofread your statement.
  • Open with a sentence that encapsulates what is most significant about you and your work – the thing that you’re known for.
  • Don’t allow your biography to become outdated. Give it some longevity in your way of writing - for example, “Sally has been making ceramics since 2010” won’t become outdated whereas “Sally has been making ceramics for six years” quickly will.

    Here's a good example of an artist statement:
"Tara Shackell is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Melbourne. She makes functional tableware and ceramic objects from high-fired stoneware and porcelain. Her current work focuses on creating simple objects that express materiality, quietness and space. Tara expresses a balance between the clay bodies of her vessels and the spaces within and without. She creates glazes that interact texturally with the clays that she uses, and result in subtle depths of surface. Perhaps a legacy of her photographic training, Tara’s vessels create a table-top horizon of heights and subtle colour and texture variations that are a pleasure to live with and use."



  • Please attach an image of your work rather than a self-portrait
  • Ensure that lighting and composition present your work in the best light
  • File size should be at least 600 pixels across and 72 dpi