The Research Centre

The University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation is a forum for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in architecture, art, communication, craft and design.

Transnational Art

In an increasingly complex period of globalisation, established certainties about the nature of culture, tradition and authenticity are being constantly questioned. The movement of peoples and artefacts is breaking down borders and producing new identities outside and beyond those of the nation state. It is no longer easy to define the nature of the local and the international, and many cultural interactions now operate on the level of the transnational.

Practice, History & Theory

Central to the Centre’s activities is a consideration of the impact of identity and nation on the production and consumption of artworks and artefacts in this new global context. Transnational relationships are explored through crossings that traverse different media including fine art, design, craft, curation, performance and popular art forms.


The centre involves internationally recognised scholars and practitioners across the University of the Arts London. It also includes a community of post-graduate students pursuing historical, theoretical and practiced based research degrees at both MA and PhD level.

Members of the Centre contribute to TrAIN’s activities by completing group- and individual research projects and through the supervision of relevant post-graduate study. Issues and debates arising from research activities are disseminated by TrAIN conferences, exhibitions and publications. To find out more about the people involved with TrAIN click here.