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Workshop: Writing a Great Artist Statement

Ninth Street Collective is pleased to present its first group workshop, led by founding member Shama Rahman.

This workshop helps artists explore the basics of writing and editing artist statements that clearly communicate who they are as creative individuals, and the kind of work they produce, to a broad range of audiences.

Artists will learn the purpose of writing artist statements, the components of creating effective personal narratives, tangible tips for keeping their statements updated on a regular basis, modifying statements for different platforms and more. Learnings from this workshop can apply to improving applications for grants, fellowships, and residencies; websites; press releases; marketing materials and more.

Shama will provide personalized feedback for each participant and organize breakout groups for peer-to-peer feedback. Artists should bring a copy of their most recent artist statement for review and 2-4 images of their own artworks for context.

  • Date: Thursday, November 7th

  • Time: 7-9pm

  • Location: Midtown Manhattan, between Times Square and GCT

  • Cost: $50, includes drinks and light bites

About the facilitator: Shama Rahman (she/her) is a marketing specialist who has worked in marketing roles at The New York Times, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She currently works at The Wall Street Journal as a creative strategist and is a founding member of the Ninth Street Collective, where she conducts one-on-one consultations for artists.

More information: LinkedIn

Past workshops held (2016-present): The Wing, New Women Space, Eyebeam, The New School, Equity Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Commend, Abrons Arts Center