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The Fine Art of Telling Your Story: A Hands-on Workshop for Artists

Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Few things can trigger panic in an artist like having to write or speak about one’s work. Discussing visual ideas using language can be tricky, let alone trying to find the right words for aspects of your work with which you might still be grappling or trying to figure out.  But while you might hope your work speaks for itself, if you want to show or sell your art to anyone other than your immediate friends and family, you’ll need to overcome your fear of telling your story.

In this day-long workshop, we will take a look at three key components of being able to effectively tell your story as an artist in the marketplace: the artist statement, the artist biography, and the artist talk. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of why you need each one, and how they can help you get your work out into the world. We’ll break things down into manageable bites, using timed free-writing exercises, meditations, prompts, and partnered interviews aimed at discovering and honing our authentic voices, and finding the words that can tell our story in a compelling way. We’ll take baby steps by practicing introducing ourselves to each other, and cover the basics of preparing a variety of slide-show presentations.

By the end of the day, you’ll have workable drafts of an artist statement, biography and talk, and the tools you need to hone them. Come prepared to dive into your own work, through writing and mulling and thinking and sharing. To get the most out of this workshop, bring a notebook, several good quality photographs of current work that can be shared, and a laptop with files of digital images we’ll use to build your slideshow.

Lunch Break

Go enjoy downtown Peterborough! We’ll have some snacks, coffee & tea throughout the day, but we’re a 20 minute walk or 2 minute drive to downtown so you can grab your own lunch, or brown bag it and hang out at Soosen’s studio.

This event is sponsored by C & S Wholesale Grocers & Richard Guerriero

About our presenter:

Katherine Ferrier is a visionary poet, director, dance-maker, educator, entrepreneur, visual artist, curator and community organizer. A chronic instigator of collaborative and community actions, she creates generative situations for makers and thinkers to gather and share research. She is the founding Director of Cultivate, a festival designed to enliven community through contemporary dance and art in Northern NH. The co-founding Director of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a 20 year history, she regularly teaches and performs throughout the US and abroad. She serves as the Gallery Coordinator at The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network, and organizes art and cultural events throughout the North Country, including the Bethlehem ArtWalk and the monthly tradition of First Fridays. A juried member of the New Hampshire State Council Artist Roster she offers residencies and workshops in dance and writing.


Apr 14, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship
(603) 352-5063
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Soosen Dunholter
Studio #18 15 Lookout Hill Road
Peterborough, NH
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