A big thank you to all who came to the event at De La Warr Pavilion on 20th May and made it such a great success! So many participants have said it was fun and interesting, and commented how much they enjoyed the Q&A session – as I did.
Here I am throwing as many bad writing mistakes as I can into my introduction – showing not telling and enjoying every second of it – full 4 minutes on you tube (click here). (And if you like this, I’m available for weddings, barmitzvahs, conferences and symposiums).
The lovely Stewart Drew, De La Warr Pavilion director making a brilliant introduction to the evening. The DLWP have been immensely supportive of the project.
And some of the audience during the extended Q &A about all things to do with interpretative writing. Having done a few learning events as part of the project, it’s clear that gallery writing really is one of those subjects which everyone who visits a gallery, or is involved in the visual arts, has an opinion about.
A huge thank you to the De La Warr Pavilion for hosting the event and doing the tech so beautifully, and incidentally supplying a great sunset as well. And lots of grattitude to Jon Pratty and Donna Commerford for photos and filming.
A review of The Interpretation Matters Handbook by Jennifer Locke for Arts Professional is here. Do contact me on email@example.com if you would like a copy. Likewise if you’re interested in hosting a workshop on interpretative writing – I’ve delivered this several times now and it always gains fantastic response and feedback.
Good news! Following last year’s period of planning and development, it’s a tremendous pleasure to announce that Interpretation Matters has been awarded project funding from Arts Council England!
This means that over the next two years, we can further develop and animate this website, work more closely with galleries and their audiences, and continue to facilitate discussion and debate about written interpretation produced by galleries.
In the summer months, you should see a presence for Interpretation Matters in many galleries across the country and on many more websites, as we reach out to gallery visitors and ask them to feedback on their textual experiences in the country’s galleries. This site will provide a neutral platform for that feedback and discussion to take place between galleries and their visitors. Do you have something to say about your gallery experience? Comment on any page on this site, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With the help of artist Alistair Gentry, I will be working with project partners the De La Warr Pavilion and the Bluecoat to run a series of workshops with staff and visitors looking in detail at how their written interpretation is produced and received. There will also be an interactive text-exhibition at the Bluecoat, to further stimulate discussion with their visitors.
Around autumn, watch out for The Interpretation Matters Handbook, which will be published by Black Dog Publishing. Aimed at a general interested-in-art audience, it will be packed with contributions from a very interesting range of artists, curators, academics and, er, me. It will include audience voxpops, so if you are a gallery keen to facilitate this, or a gallery visitor and fancy getting your quote and picture in the book, please do contact us on email@example.com
Do you work at a gallery and want to get involved? There are two ways to do this:
First, if you are interested in gathering honest and unselfconscious feedback from your visitors, please do contact me for a display poster, and the Interpretation Matters Call to Action for your website.
Second, if you want to review your own process of producing written interpretation, Alistair and I have developed a workshop programme that facilitates this in an effective and painfree way!
We’re also looking for destination marketing and local authority websites who would like to upload the Interpretation Matters Call to Action on their visual arts page.
Finally, we are always looking for more resources, whether in the form of guides, discussion of models, personal or organisational experience, or simply an interest and informed knowledge in this area. Again, if you would like to contribute, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to hear from a lot of you over the coming weeks and months, and I thank you for your continued support and interest.
Interpretation Matters is all about the written material found in galleries - the text panels on the walls, providing context for the work on show, and the printed booklets that describe the works or overall programme. Usually "under-the-radar", the aim of this site is to highlight this important area of gallery practice.
Interpretation Matters is conceived and directed by arts writer Dany Louise.>