The Interpretation Matters Handbook is out now

The Interpretation Matters Handbook is now published by Black Dog, one strand of Dany Louise's Interpretation Matters project, supported by Arts Council England.

Dany Louise gained her Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Brighton in 2014. She regularly writes about the visual arts and cultural policy for The Guardian, New Statesman and a-n The Artists Information Company. She also works with small arts organisations on projects that will have a strategic impact for them. She initiated the multi-stranded Interpretation Matters project in 2013, which is supported by funding from Arts Council England. The Interpretation Matters Handbook is her first book.

The Interpretation Matters Handbook is all about the writing produced by art galleries for public information. This book humorously challenges your preconceived ideas and interrogates accepted notions of the art language found in galleries. It wonders if simpler language can be used to communicate better - because, good writing matters.

Between occasional rants, deconstructions of words and phrases, brilliant images, visitor voxpops, excellent contributions from experts in the field, along with the odd impulse to re- write in bold felt tip, there are serious discussions here about written interpretation practice. If you're a regular gallery visitor, work in the visual arts, study art or curating, then this is the book for you with interviews and features from top arts professionals, including:

  • Artists Richard Wilson, David Blandy and Emily Speed, who share their experiences of being written about by galleries.
  • Dr Penelope Curtis explaining her thinking behind the “Walk Through British Art” at Tate Britain – with responses to Tate by three arts professionals.
  • Renowned curators Lewis Biggs, Omar Kholeif and Gerardo Mosquera, who reveal their approaches to interpretation for exhibitions they curate around the world.
  • Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, who explains their approach.
  • Dr Abigail Harrison Moore and Amanda Phillips, who detail their collaboration between students and Leeds Art Gallery.
  • Artists Luborimov-Easton, who defend their use of art language – with a response by artist and writer Alistair Gentry.
  • Honey Luard of White Cube explains why commercial galleries are different.
  • Writer and critic Dany Louise, who shares why she thinks good writing really matters, and explores the different facets of a complex subject.

Copies are £15 each plus postage and packing from Dany Louise: email