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People looking at an art installation of light boxes with world maps printed on them
People looking at an art installation of light boxes with world maps printed on them
Angela Detanico and Rafael Lain, The World Justified, Left Aligned, Centred, Right Aligned, 2004. 4 Light Boxes,120 x 250 x 12cm each. Installation View. Photograph Ding Musa.

TrAIN is a cross disciplinary hub for historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art and design.

The Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) investigates historical, theoretical and practice-based research in art, architecture, craft and design.

This research is driven by the desire to critique dominant ideas of 'globalisation' and to open up new perspectives that address questions of how art and design can respond to social (in)justice, decolonisation of institutions and the creation of more diverse global art histories. TrAIN’s members include internationally recognised scholars and practitioners across UAL as well as a community of post-graduate students. Issues and debates arising from research activities are disseminated by TrAIN conferences, lectures, reading groups, exhibitions and publications.

Director: Professor Paul Goodwin
Research Centre administrator: Ewelina Warner,

What's On

The UAL Transnational Art, Identity, Nation research centre hosts various events including the TrAIN Open Lecture series, seminars, workshops, symposia, and exhibitions.

TrAIN stories

Current projects

Postsocialism and Art

TrAIN has received grants by the British Society of Aesthetics and Association for Art History for the project Decolonising the Arts that is seeking to explore the Eastern Europe within the context of transnational and global arts by creating a platform for the emergence of a community of artists and art historians.

Worlding Public Cultures

This project aims to develop a critical art theory and practice based approach to social innovation, which takes worlding as its central methodology. It’s a collaborative research project and transnational platform conceived by the Transnational and Transcultural Arts and Culture Exchange (TrACE) network and funded by a Social Innovation Grant from the Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

Our history

Since 2004 when it was founded by art historians Professor Toshio Watanabe and Professor Oriana Baddeley, TrAIN has played a leading role in establishing the discourse of the ‘transnational’ in the field of art and design globally. This has resulted in an increased awareness and critical understanding of transnational art and design, to the benefit of the Museums and Galleries sector, arts organisations, and the artistic community.

Our members

TrAIN postdocs

  • Dr Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja (Research Fellow Worlding Public Cultures)
  • Dr Kimathi Donkor (TrAIN Research Fellow 2017-2018)
  • Dr Ope Lori (TrAIN Research Fellow 2017-2018)

TrAIN associates

PhD students

Nwakaego (Ego) Ahaiwe Sowinski | Ellen de Medeiros Nunes |  Lucia Gomez Mejia | Pamela Jikiemi-Pearson | Roxy (Caroline Roxana) Minter | Stephanie Cheung | Maria Kheirkhah (Smith) | Marcia Michael | Madeline Yale | Scott (Louis) Schwager | Gerard Choy | Jin Ah Lee | Lynton Talbot | Gustavo Montero Grandal | Ewelina Warner

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TrAIN Research Centre
University of the Arts London
16 John Islip Street London
United Kingdom

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