Artist Statement Writing

A record­ed work­shop by artist Ellen Angus to help with writ­ing an artist statement

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In this workshop, artist Ellen Angus talks through ways to write an artist statement through a creative and exploratory approach that aims to bring joy into the writing process.

The workshop is around 40 minutes long, and includes examples of other artist statements and creative exercises to support your own writing.

The video will be available until 26 July 2024. The slides from the workshop can be downloaded separately.

This workshop is part of Writing as Practice and Voice, a programme of online workshops and professional development opportunities supported by WEVAA. Find out more here.

About Ellen

Ellen Angus (1986, Nottingham) is a painter and a performance artist who creates assemblages which she moves through.

Through a mixture of poetry, gesticulations, found objects, pop songs, crawling performances, reproductions of oil paintings, and unravelling lectures she uses self-abasement,

desire and humour as a feminist device to challenge existent and nascent power structures. Angus sets the ridiculous and banal against the monumental and sublime.

Artist Bio

Ellen Angus (UK) is an artist practitioner, researcher, lecturer, alternative arts educator, and the co-director of the arts organisation One Thoresby Street

Angus began her studies at Chelsea College of Art (2013) where she began to work collaboratively with Ellie Bradford and Shali Lui under

the guise of LEAK. In 2015 she began her MFA at Umeå Academy of Fine Art, upon graduation she was awarded the Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet Prize as well as the Verklighten Prize.

On March 29th 2019 she exhibited the solo exhibition ‘A Brexit/No I Mean a Break Up’ at Växjö Konsthall, Sweden, provoking the performance Lady in Red Crawls Through Parliament Square.

During her time in Scandinavia, she travelled to the Arctic, (Abisko Scientific Research Centre) for the project ‘Meetings Between Art and Science’ with The Royal Academy of Art Stockholm.

She was a founding member of the Feminist poetry collective Not So Popular (London) and has previous experience working and performing with Monster Chetwynd (2016) and Reactor (2022)

Her work has been published in Let’s Start a Pussy Riot (Rough Trade, London.) She has experience as an associate and guest lecturer at The University of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent University and Umea Academy of Fine Art.

In 2023 she joined the cohort of School of the Damned, whilst studying at Goldsmiths Race, Media and Social Justice 2022-2023, London.