Professional Practice Skills

Writing an artist statement with Catharine Russell and Kas Williams

Ref: S1D10413

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About this course

Discover and explore the story at the heart of your creative practice and learn how to transform it into a powerful personal statement that can become the foundation for all your written material.

Course Description

All artists and craft practitioners know what lies behind their own work, but it can be difficult to put into words and convey meaning to various audiences. Explore and articulate your creative story in writing so that it is understood by all those who read it, whether it’s the gallery owner, exhibition visitor, website reader or social media follower.

You will be encouraged to consider what’s important to you in your creative practice and how to encapsulate it in an artist statement that will become core to subsequent pieces of writing. Communication is key to conveying the story of your work, and in a series of class discussions and creative tasks you will exchange ideas about the right words to use in relation to your art.

The course will focus on teasing out the personal stories that influence your creative practice, allowing an authentic style to emerge in your written work. The two tutors will guide you through a series of exercises that will help you find your inner voice and allow your story of making to unfold. You will receive tutor and peer feedback in a safe and supportive environment.

You will also benefit from a short one-to-one session that will evaluate and give guidance on your current artist statement, if you have one, or offer insight if you are writing a new statement.

By the end of the course you will have a clear vision for your artist statement and how to adapt it for other pieces of writing such as press releases, social media posts, display information, exhibition applications, funding requests and gallery enquiries.

Catharine Russell has worked in journalism and public relations for over 20 years. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in ceramics and combines her work as a university lecturer with her ceramic practice. Kas Williams is a mixed media artist who graduated with a distinction in her Masters Degree in Textiles in 2016. She has exhibited widely and runs an established creative practice from her studio on the south coast.

This course is one of a series of five courses for artists and makers who are keen to move their practice to a more professional platform and develop skills to exhibit or sell their work.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including paper, writing and drawing materials.

What students need to bring

  • A print out of your current artist statement, if you have one.
  • A memory box with three items that you consider important to your life and your practice.


Catharine Russell

Catharine Russell is a former Fleet Street journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in local and national news organisations. She has been a journalism lecturer for more than eight years and previously worked in Arts Marketing and PR. She has a degree in ceramics from the University for the Creative Arts.

Kas Williams

Kas Williams is a mixed media artist with a Masters Degree Distinction in Textiles from UCA. She has an established creative practice rooted in traditional craft skills and exhibits widely both in the UK and internationally. She works from her studio on the south coast and is a member of ArtCan, Making Space and CraftContinuum.

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