Artists' Portfolio Workshop

Image: Busy at work by Howard Emma, licensed under CC BY 2.0



Artist Portfolios are often the first introduction curators, galleries and funding bodies receive to an artist’s practice. When applying for opportunities or seeking to expand your network, having a professional, consistent and comprehensive portfolio is a crucial factor.

Through this online workshop led by Carolina Lio, associate curator at ACAVA, we will look at various examples of portfolios to understand what the main elements are that should be included in it, and what is the most effective way to present your practice.

The online workshop for ACAVA artists is limited to 15 participants and structured around one collective group session, followed by one-to-one portfolio reviews.

The collective session will explore practical aspects of preparing your portfolio:

  • What a curator or institutions need to find in your portfolio
  • How a portfolio can make the difference when applying for art opportunities
  • Examples of portfolio layouts
  • How to write an artist CV
  • How to write an artist statement
  • How to select and clearly present your projects

The one-to-one sessions will be individual reviews of your portfolio. Besides feedback on your submitted portfolio, the session will expand on your practice, advice on how to highlight fundamental aspects and effectively present your projects. During these individual sessions, it will also be possible to discuss your portfolio in relation to a particular application you are preparing at the moment.



"Carolina was an excellent speaker and thought provoking. The one-to-one was particularly good as I felt she was genuinely interested and gave good advice".
Pauline Antram

"Great to hear what a curator looks for and what tends to turn them off. Exactly the workshop I've been asking for 20 years!".
Julie Brixey-Williams



Round one: Friday, 8th May 2020 plus one-to-one portfolio reviews the following week.
Round two: Friday, 26th June 2020 plus one-to-one portfolio reviews the following week. *Fully Booked*
Round three: Late October 2020. *Fully Booked*

We are still taking expressions of interest from artists, but please be advised that we are already over subscribed for the next round of workshops in October. To show your interest in future iterations of this workshop please fill this form.