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Art and design: history and theory

Find out about the latest research and projects, conducted by UAL researchers, involving art and design: history and theory.

TrAIN is a UAL research centre associated with art and design: history and theory.

You can browse UAL Research Online, the University’s Institutional Repository, for an online showcase of all research produced at University of the Arts London.


Black Artists & Modernism (BAM)

A three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Translating and Writing Modern Design Histories

This project developed a network of native design historians in East Asia (Japan, Korea, PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan). Funded by the AHRC.

The Birth of Cool: Style Narratives of The African Diaspora

A project on individual and group style practices in Africa as prisms of cultural and social commentary. Funded by the British Academy.

Critical Mass

An oral history of avant-garde film, the new American cinema and beyond. Funded by the British Academy.

Forgotten Japonismes

The forgotten Japonisme: the taste for Japanese art in Britain and the USA, 1920s-1950s. Funded by the AHRC.

Oral History in the Visual Arts

How narrative functions to create, foster and sustain communities of practice, to examine the ethics of the dialogic encounter.