Member since Jun '08

Working languages:
German to English
French to English

Helen Shiner
Arts/Academic translator - Art historian

Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Local time: 08:27 GMT (GMT+0)

Native in: English Native in English
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Sensitive, close readings of your texts - publications, lectures, promotional and research material
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation
Specializes in:
Art, Arts & Crafts, PaintingArchitecture
Esoteric practicesHistory
Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)Philosophy
Poetry & Literature

KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 2950, Questions answered: 1520, Questions asked: 66
Translation education Bachelor's degree - Leeds University, UK
Experience Years of experience: 36. Registered at Jun 2008. Became a member: Jun 2008. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials German to English (University of Leeds, verified)
Memberships N/A
Software Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office Pro, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint
CV/Resume CV available upon request
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Professional practices Helen Shiner endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).




I have over thirty years' experience of translating for clients in the arts world, including exhibition catalogues for major museums and galleries, prestigious auction catalogues, websites, exhibition reviews and other material.


I provide specialist translations for fellow academics in the arts and humanities; I have translated many articles for publication, lectures and research material, both from German and French into English.

Texts translated have included material from many periods of art history, architectural history, art criticism, art theory, literature, journalism, psychology, philosophy and history. Many of the academic articles I have translated have been published (for instance, by Ashgate, Peeters, Rodopi, Routledge, on the internet and in various peer-reviewed journals). For a sample list of my published translations, please contact me.


Client confidentiality is very important to me, and I do not normally expect, or ask for, testimonials. Nonetheless, please see below for a range of comments about my work, as quoted from communications from some of my clients:

"Die Übersetzung ist gut angekommen. Inzwischen konnten wir uns damit auch schon intensiv auseinandersetzen d.h. wir haben Satz für Satz genau Korrektur gelesen. Deshalb kann ich Ihnen auch schon mitteilen, dass wir mit der Arbeit der Übersetzerin in höchstem Maß zufrieden sind. Zuweilen waren wir gar verblüfft... Ich kann Ihnen also - mit einem ausdrücklichen Lob für die aussergewöhnliche Arbeit der Übersetzerin - den Eingang bestätigen."

"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. Si vous acceptez de travailler sur ces autres textes, comme je le souhaite vivement, je suis sûr que vous saurez leur imprimer cette tenue de langue parfaite que j'ai déjà eu l'occasion d'apprécier dans votre travail."

For more testimonials, see my website:


As an art historian, I specialise in the history of sculpture, architecture and dance of the early 20th century in Germany, France and England. A further focus of my research concerns the esoteric/spiritual/religious iconography and practices of artists. I am the author of a book (for Kunsthal Rotterdam) and catalogue entries (for the Centre Pompidou, Musée d'art Moderne de Paris) on André Derain's sculpture. I have also written a number of articles on the subject of architectural sculpture, sculptural patronage and artistic identity. My doctoral work at the Courtauld Institute of Art concerns the patronage of architectural sculpture in Germany, 1895-1933, my MA (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) having focused on the radical conservatism of certain early 20th-century German patrons of avant-garde art. I am a member of the Association of Art Historians, the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, and the Society of Authors.


I am very used to working to tight deadlines, with accuracy and courtesy, and, above all, in a fluent and polished writing style.

Rates negotiable depending on complexity of source text, urgency and length of text/repeat work.

This user has earned KudoZ points by helping other translators with PRO-level terms. Click point total(s) to see term translations provided.

Total pts earned: 3204
PRO-level pts: 2950

Top languages (PRO)
German to English1911
French to English1031
English to German4
Top general fields (PRO)
Social Sciences330
Pts in 4 more flds >
Top specific fields (PRO)
Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting615
Poetry & Literature207
Education / Pedagogy141
Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)139
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters80
Pts in 61 more flds >

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Keywords: art history, architectural history, sculpture, art, arts, history, dance, Modernism, Expressionism, Theosophy, Judaism, German-English, French-English, museology, museum studies, literature, humanities, spirituality, esoteric practices, iconography, art criticism, art theory, philosophy, psychology, academic translations, lectures, publications, research material, exhibitions, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, articles, book chapters, complementary therapy, social sciences, tourism, Deutsch-Englisch, Kunstgeschichte, Plastik, Skulptur, Kunst, Architektur, Architekturgeschichte, Esoterik, Theosophie, Forschungsmaterialien, Geschichte, Philosophie, Psychologie, Kunst, Kunsttheorie, Kunstkritik, Kultur, Kulturgeschichte, Veröffentlichungen, Vorträge, Geisteswissenschaften, Heiltherapie, Tourismus, Ausstellungskataloge, wissenschaftliche Übersetzungen, Auktionskataloge.

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