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Artist statement - mind mapping


If you don’t know how to start writing your artist statement, mind mapping words and ideas that relate to your creative practice is a good way to visualise concepts and create relationships between them.

Mind mapping activity

This activity is best done on paper, however, if you have a mobile device with a drawing app, you can create a digital version in the same way.

For your artist statement mind map, get your creative work together and look at it as a whole before you start. This can help you to identify key themes and the development path of your practice. 

Read other artist statements (see Artist statement - examples), as these can help you to think about tone and vocabulary for your own writing.

Think about the following topics and how they relate to your creative work. 

  • Audience/purpose – who are you writing for? What is the purpose of the statement?
  • What: Think of words that describe the format of your creative work, materials used, ideas and themes explored.
  • How: Think of words that describe methods, process, and techniques you use in your creative practice.
  • Why: What is the reason for your creative practice? Why is it important to you and your community?
  • Context: What is your place in a continuum of creative practice? What are your influences and where do your ideas come from? Think of words or phrases that describe where you are in the world and how this affects your work.


Paper and coloured pens/pencils or any digital drawing application on computer or mobile device.

Write down words and ideas that relate to your practice.

diagram of first stage in a mind mapping exercise with words hand-written around the central text - me as a textile designer


Once you have some words written down from the first part of this activity, you can organise related ideas. You may prefer to keep working on paper or drawing app for this stage or start grouping your ideas into a text document. Using colour pencils, highlighters etc. can help you to visualise the relationships between words and ideas.

diagram of second stage in a mind mapping exercise using colour to link related words and ideas


Group the words and ideas that describe aspects of your practice.

diagram of third stage in a mind mapping exercise grouping like words and ideas together under headings


Identify topics:
These will form the sentences or paragraphs for the next stage of the process.

diagram of forth stage in a mind mapping exercise writing a concept statement for each grouping of words



View Artist statement - writing tutorial for more information related to this process.

Visit Mind mapping in Learning Lab: Study Skills if you need more information about how to create a mind map.