Painting and sculpture, theater performances, music, traditional crafts, and everything in between – the arts are profoundly tied to their cultures of origin and contribute to a shared sense of identity within each nation. Through museums, operas, touring performers, film, television, and modern media, we take great pride in inviting foreign audiences to share in our artistic traditions.
Of course, this level of cultural specificity means that art translations pose a unique set of challenges. This broad field includes materials requiring advanced, very specialized background knowledge, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to fit vastly different scopes of application - wall labels for an exhibition at an art museum, meant to provide foreign visitors with the same level of engagement as locals, for example, require a completely different approach than a translation of an artist’s personal manifesto. A skilled art translator not only possesses expert level knowledge of the artistic mediums they specialize in, including all the necessary terminology and historical context as well as the latest discourse, they also know how to best convey these cultural nuances to their target audiences. Perhaps more than any other field of specialized translations, art and music translators bridge divides and help us share the parts of our culture that mean the most to us.
Luckily, the translators who specialize in art, music, and niche artistic fields like traditional crafts are all the more likely to have a real passion for their subject matter. You can count on them to be highly knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to doing the research and digging into the details needed to deliver the best possible translations of even the most abstract, avant-garde artistic materials. In a field so notorious for debates about meaning and intent, having an arts & culture translator at your side who will dive into these conversations with enthusiasm is the best way to ensure your success.
Our diverse team of arts translators have proven experience and/or educational backgrounds in a wide range of arts sectors. Our project managers match each translation to the translator with the best profile for the job. Some of the types of artistic translations we handle include: