Writing A Letter To A Gallery

Many artists feel intimidated at the though of writing a good cover letter to go with samples of their artwork.

A cover letter is essentially a brief summary of your resume and generally contains three to four paragraphs. There should be no spelling errors and written as it should be written; from you , not your agent or an imaginary third person (unless you have an agent or an imaginary friend) Here are a few points to consider and a sample to give you a guide:

  1. Find out the name of the person it should be written to , don’t be too familiar,(unless they are a friend) use full names not first names.
  2. Begin with an introduction of who you are and why you are sending samples of your work.
  3. Briefly describe what you do and your current notable achievements.
  4. Highlight information such as your degree, recent awards and any recent achievements.
  5. Briefly describe your artwork. Keep to the point!
  6. Offer to send additional materials if they are required or arrange a face to face review of your work. If materials are to be returned to you, mention that you have included a self-addressed stamped envelope for their return.
  7. If the gallery is allowed to keep your materials, CV included; mention that as well.. Be sure to include a “thank you”.
  8. Make sure you hand sign your printed letter, stick to one style of font for all your materials, CV, notes ect.
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