Text preview of this CV template:
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This two page artist CV template is very easy to use and edit to meet your needs. Here’s page two:
The fonts required for this template are:
- Open Sans and Open Sans Extra Bold – both free from https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Open+Sans
NB: If you find yourself unable to edit the text in this template, go to the DESIGN tab in Microsoft Word and click ‘Close header and footer’.
How to remove the background image
If you decide you’d rather not use a background image on your CV, simply:
- Double click in the header area
- Click once more to select the background image
- Hit backspace / delete etc to get rid of the image
You could add a page border instead – here’s our video which explains how.
How to write an artist CV
An artist CV is very different from a regular CV. It should contain the following sections in reverse chronological order (i.e. most recent first):
- Name, contact information and website
- Bio (use this guide by Saatchi Gallery to inspire you)
- Details of exhibitions in which your work has been featured (state ‘solo’ or ‘group’, or split the two types up)
- Details of any collections in which your work has appeared (i.e. where it has been purchased for or donated to a collection)
- Details of any publications which you’ve been featured in or contributed to
- Details of any awards you’ve been nominated for or won
- Commissions (include year, organisation that commissioned the work and the subject)
Some of the above sections may not apply to you – if so, leave them off. We have not included every section in our sample CV but it is very easy to add more or edit those that are there.
Tip: If you have too many examples for a particular section, title it ‘Selected’ – e.g. ‘Selected Group Exhibitions’ and choose your most impressive, interesting work.
Tailor your artist CV
Although an artist CV is quite different from other types of CVs, the golden rule still applies : you MUST tailor each CV you send to the specific opportunity. This means focusing on information that is relevant to the opportunity and pruning out anything that is not.
Leave off irrelevant work experience
Work experience is very rarely relevant on an artist CV where the opportunity is typically to participate in an exhibition or take up a residency. Only include work experience if you are 100% sure it is completely relevant to what is on offer. For example:
- If a residency included holding occasional workshops, teaching experience would be relevant.
- If an exhibition required you to deliver lectures from time to time, lecturing or presenting experience would be relevant.
Even if you do include work experience, keep the details short and clearly set out its relevance to the opportunity.
Include photos as attachments
Rather than littering your CV with photos of your work or yourself, include these as attachments. This helps ensure your CV is kept for its intended purpose – to provide a concise overview of you and your work which can be read in just a few seconds.