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Professional Development: Writing & Talking About Your Work

March 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

NYFA is pleased to present this free online workshop in partnership with the Office of the Arts, City of Alexandria, which will cover the key written and verbal elements essential for communicating about your creative practice. Whether you’re working in the visual, literary, or performing arts disciplines, being able to speak and write about your work effectively unlocks opportunities. Yet, it can be a difficult and intimidating process to distill everything you do into a few simple words. Presenter and NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Brigitta Varadi knows this firsthand, and is here to walk you through the process–drawing upon both her empathy as a fellow artist and experience as a Residency Director at ChaShaMa North.

This workshop will cover:

  • How to use written and verbal tools to harvest opportunities, cultivate and grow your network, and connect to people who can support your work
  • Key do’s and don’ts of writing an artist statement and bio, including exercises to help you develop both
  • What jurors and panelists look for when reading over an artist statement and speaking to artists
  • The value of authentically articulating your creative practice

Event Breakdown

What: Writing and Talking About Your Work
When: Thursday, March 28, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Where: Online (via Zoom)
Audience: Artists of all disciplines (visual, literary, and performing)
Cost: Free; pay what you wish
Register: Register here for the zoom link.
Recording details: This event will be recorded and available to registrants for 1 month following the workshop.
Questions: Email [email protected]

Brigitta Varadi in the studio. Photo Credit: Marco Giugliarelli for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2022.

About the Presenter

Brigitta Varadi, Artist and Residency Director, Chashama North

Brigitta Varadi is a Hungarian-born self-taught artist who lives and works in Pine Plains, NY.

Varadi is a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work and a grant recipient from The Arts Council of Ireland, Leitrim County Council (Ireland), Roscommon County Council (Ireland), and Culture Ireland. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell (Peterborough, NH), the Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbria, Italy), NARS Foundation (New York, NY), The Marble House Project (Dorset, VT), LOCIS-European Cultural Program (Sweden, Poland, Ireland), and Leitrim Sculpture Centre (Co.Leitrim, Ireland), among others.

Her work is found in public collections including a site-specific Government Commission for The Department of Education and Science, Athlone, Ireland, in addition to a recently completed collaborative public art commission for Sligo County Council, Ireland.

As the Residency Director of Chashama North (ChaNorth) nonprofit organization in New York City, Varadi supports the artists community through creating diverse programming and an environment that fosters cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, perspectives and expertise.


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