Top Tips to Make Your Portfolio Stand Out

Our Rise Art curators review many artists' portfolios and they’re looking for ones that meet our criteria. If you do get the nod, you'll be able to start selling your work on Rise Art immediately. 

Here are some tips to give you the best chance.

What should your portfolio contain?

Images of your artwork, an artist statement, and a CV.

Present your strongest work

To give our curators a good sense of your work, upload work that you feel is representative of your wider practise and which you would like to sell with us. Your work should be displayed in a clear and concise way, with fantastic photographs of your art (see below) and accompanied by an artist statement. 

Photograph your work

Great art deserves great photography. Show our curators how much you value your work by taking the time to photograph it professionally (or as professionally as possible) for submission. Often it’s due to poor quality images that artists don’t get through the curatorial review.

We require that all images are shot directly from the centre of the image and cropped to the borders. For additional recognition, take secondary images (close up/detail shots and installation pictures).

For more information on how to photograph your work click here.

Artist statement

Your artist statement is your opportunity to explain your ideas and to provide a little context to your work.    

Start by telling us the story behind your life, work and inspiration. What are you most interested in and how do you articulate this? Do you make reference to any other artists, eras or movements? Are you celebrating or critiquing something? Why do you work with the materials you do? 

Then, tell us briefly about your exhibition history and whether your work is held in any public or private collections? Have you just had a big exhibition or shown with a gallery? Don't be afraid to show off a little. 

For more information on how to update your biography click here


Our curators will consider all the elements of your profile, including your educational background, exhibition history and any awards you’ve received, as well as details of notable collections holding your work. Make sure to include this information in your CV. We would recommend presenting your CV chronologically, with education first, followed by your solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, awards, residencies, private and/or public collections, and finally, press and publications.

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