The key to a good artist CV is that it looks good, it conveys exactly what is needed, it gives a teaser of the work produced by the artist and it has links to more online images and information.
An artist CV is very similar to a normal career resume; just the content is different. You still need to include; qualifications, work history/experience, skills, referees, and of course personal contact details. The difference is you need to include your arts practice information such as exhibition history, prizes/awards, memberships (optional) and so on.
You need to modify your CV to suit the job/role or commission you are applying for; especially if the requirements ask for a 1-2 page max CV. Stick to what has been asked of you, rather than giving your whole history. This shows that you have followed direction and respected the instructions given.
The reason for also seeking a short CV is that employers want to see current or recent practice. So from the last 5-7 or even 10 years tops. Just put…‘various exhibitions for the last two decades. Full list on request’…or something similar. If you don’t have any recent practice from the last 5 years, go to the closest point and work back 5 years from that.
Be aware of formatting and style. Keep text black in Ariel or another clear font in a point size of 11 or 12 preferably. Think about the impression you want to give and reflect this in your CV. You are creative so adding a coloured heading, header or logo is fine, just don’t make it super colourful as it detracts from the content. Remember you still need to be professional.
Including information from Chrissy Dwyer’s website http://artycraftystudio.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/how-to-write-artist-cv.html with input from Kylie Eastley, Arts Development Officer, Tasmanian Regional Arts