Interpretations: Research Report


Interpretations was an action research project investigating the role of interpretation in breaking down barriers to access to contemporary visual art in four art galleries in Scotland. The project ran between October 2007 May 2008.

Each participating gallery was asked to consider the generic research question:

How can we use interpretation to increase access to contemporary art, and to address perceived barriers to intellectual access?

The research report, written by Interpretations Coordinator, Maureen K Michael, draws on work by Kirstie Skinner, (Collective Gallery); Sarah Derrick, (Dundee Contemporary Arts); Carol Dunbar,(Pier Arts Centre) and Zoe Fothergill, (Talbot Rice Gallery).

The report is downloadable in individual sections:

Acknowledgements and Overview, August 2008

Part One: Introduction, Context and Methods
Part One introduces Interpretations and the four participating gallery projects. There is a description of the project context and the methods used to support the projects.

Part Two: Case Studies, Discussion and Comparison
This section describes each of the four projects as case studies exploring the action research processes. A Comparison Table concludes Part Two.

Part Three: Observations, Reflections and Conclusions
In part three the report reflects on emerging themes and suggests conclusions.