Artist Writing Toolkit
Artist Writing Examples and Tips
Assuming you have come across a great opportunity like a workshop, a training, a residency or awards opportunity and many of the requirements listed to participate is documentation that requires you to write about your work. This toolkit is about the next steps to take and guidance on how to frame and make a complete and compelling package that informs anyone about yourself as an artist.
- We start with some tips on how to write an Artist statement
- There will be instances when you are asked to write about your work in detail with an Artist Portfolio
- In some cases you will be asked to write an application Proposal for your project
- And in another case, you might want to make a public declaration of your intentions and motives in an Artist Manifesto
The way you express yourself with words is a crucial extension of your creative identity!
Art Writers workshop videos
Corpus Podcast Writing Toolkit Special Series
E01: Encounters with Art Writing | with Roseline Olang’ and Jonathan Sölanké Gathaara Fraser
In the first of a three-part series on art writing, Corpus hosts Nyambura Mutanyi & Don Handa are joined by Roseline Olang’ and Jonathan Solanke Gathaara Fraser, two artists, writers, and friends of the podcast for a conversation about their relationship to different forms of writing about contemporary art. The group discusses what they think works with art writing, the places where they encounter art writing, and various pieces of writing that have made an impression on them. They also talk about their experience of art writing, and intentions with the writing that they do.
E02: Building Context: What We Think About When We Write About Contemporary Art (feat. Syowia Kyambi and Wanini Kimemiah)
Corpus speaks to Nairobi-based artists Syowia Kyambi and Wanini Kimemiah about the place of art writing in their individual artistic practices, and as part of a larger ecosystem of contemporary art. We discuss the factors that have influenced the ways we read and write about the visual art in Nairobi; the different forms it has taken and roles it has played; and the questions at stake in our engagement with visual art through language. What use is writing that does not ground the art it speaks of in its social-political context?
E03: Series Roundup – Some Notes on Art Writing
In this final instalment of their series on art writing, Corpus highlights some insights that gleaned during the making of this series. They also raise some questions and concerns of their own, which they’ll carry into future engagements with art writing, both as readers and as writers.