Kitagawa Utamaro, Hanaogi of the Ogiya, Renowned Beauties

Dr. des Helen Shiner

Sensitive, close readings of your texts: whether high-quality, museum-standard or academic publications, lectures, or research materials


I have over 30 years’ experience as an arts and academic translator (German-English and French-English), which I combine with in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the arts as a highly qualified art historian. My particular expertise is in European Modernism with a focus on sculpture history and architectural history.

My client base includes international museums and galleries, well-known publishing houses, respected academics from a range of disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, art journalists, and architectural practices.

I translate material from many periods of art history, architectural history, art criticism, art theory, literature, psychology, sociology, philosophy and history. In addition, I regularly translate scholarly sales catalogues for prominent auction houses in the fields of Contemporary Art, Modernist prints and paintings, 19th-century and Old Master paintings, antique glass and porcelain, sculpture of all periods, photography, and Oriental art.

Deshalb kann ich Ihnen auch schon mitteilen, dass wir mit der Arbeit der Übersetzerin in höchstem Maß zufrieden sind. Zuweilen waren wir gar verblüfft. […] mit einem ausdrücklichem Lob für die außergewöhnliche Arbeit der Übersetzerin.”
Museum client, Germany

A sample list of my translated publications can be provided on application.

I am well-used to working reliably to tight deadlines. You can rest assured that you will receive an accurate, fluent and polished translation from me.

Je tiens à vous dire que j’ai été très satisfait du travail que vous avez accompli sur le texte que je vous avais soumis. Grâce à votre traduction, il a pris l’allure d’une véritable communication de rang international.” Academic client, France

Please contact me here to discuss your requirements or to request a quote. My rates are negotiable, depending on complexity and length of source text/s and urgency of deadline. As a matter of course, I treat all prospective clients and any ensuing translation work with the strictest confidentiality.

Please see here for some of my client testimonials.


BA (Hons) in German and Management Studies with French, University of Leeds

Associate Certificate in Modern Art and Modernism, Open University (Distinction)

First year (successfully completed), PGDip/MA in Visual Culture, Bath College of Higher Education, Bath

PGDip/MA in History of Art and Design, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, University of Central England, Birmingham (Distinction)

Writing-up stage of PhD in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (Research focus: The patronage of architectural sculpture in Germany, 1890-1933)

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Featured image: Kitagawa Utamaro, Hanaogi of the Ogiya, from the series, Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immortal Poets (Komei bijin rokkasen), colour woodblock print, Japan, 1790-1801 (Clarence Buckingham Collection, Art Institute of Chicago. Public domain image)

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