What is Transnational?
Transnational is a way of understanding, researching and curating which encourages the idea that art, artists and art histories are connected beyond their countries of origin. The word ‘transnational’ encourages us all to challenge and revise western-centric art histories by highlighting the global exchanges and flow of artists and ideas.
What do we do?
The Centre’s primary research outcome is rooted in our activities across Tate’s collection, displays, exhibitions and public programmes, with research fully integrated into the workings of the museum. We are committed to engaging in innovative ways of thinking about art, as well as ensuring that Tate and our research is accessible to all.
Over the next 5 years, our vision is to redefine our existing collection of art, and offer new perspectives on global art histories. Our research and programming will contribute to the reviewing and reframing of art histories. We will expand Tate’s existing commitment to developing its collections and programmes beyond Western Europe and North America.
What is planned?
The Centre’s research will inform future exhibitions, collection displays and acquisitions across all four Tate galleries. Our research will also be showcased on Tate's website and social channels.
We will also produce one major symposium and six smaller events each year, shaped by and feeding into our research priorities. The Centre will proactively seek partnerships in order to widen our networks, both within and beyond the UK.
What are our priorities?
Our research priorities will be guided by Tate’s curatorial teams, and the Centre’s adjunct curators working in the fields of indigeneity, Africa and the diaspora, and multiple modernisms. They will help to determine the strategic direction for future acquisitions, collection displays and exhibition programmes.
Looking at the concept of transnational from multiple points of view, some of the grounding questions that will shape the Centre’s first phase from 2019-2021 include:
How does the idea of transnational help us to rethink multiple art histories in such a way that they can replace a single western-centric canon?
How does the idea of transnational relate to our understanding of British art, history and identity?
What are the creative contributions enabled by migration and diaspora?
What can we learn from First Nation and indigenous artists when rethinking the role of nation states in relation to art?
How do multiple modernities and modernism intersect in the first half of the twentieth century?
Opportunities to get involved
The Centre offers a variety of short-term posts that are designed specifically to offer developmental opportunities to researchers and curators from around the world. These are tiered to identify and support people at all stages of their careers. Opportunities, open calls and grant applications will be posted to this page when they arise.
We are currently inviting applications for our Travel Grant programme. Please see below for more information.
These posts provides curators and researchers with the opportunity to remain within the region they are working in and carry out field research in relevant areas for Tate.
This programme provides academics and curators with the opportunity to develop their independent research that aligns with Tate’s research interests.
The Travel Grant programme is an annual award for early career scholars and curators to attend the Centre’s symposium.
Temporary Spaces: Exchanges in Art, Architecture and Photography in the UAE, South Asia and beyond (exact title tbc)
Alserkal Residency Project Space
1 November 2019
Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational invites early career scholars and curators to apply for funding to attend the symposium Temporary Spaces: Exchanges in Art, Architecture and Photography in the UAE, South Asia and beyond at the Alserkal Residency Project Space in Dubai on 1 November 2019.
Co-organised by Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational, Alserkal Arts Foundation and Ishara Art Foundation, the symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners and artists from the UAE, South Asia and beyond to discuss critical perspectives on shared histories, ongoing exchanges and connections. Of particular importance will be new perspectives on cities, their representations and how these have contributed to the complex and ongoing making of home and identities in the region. These conversations will move back and forth across the Gulf and South Asia thinking about modern urban development as well as the rapid growth and social transformation of the city and its impact on artistic practice.
The symposium will coincide with an exhibition on photography and South Asia at the Ishara Art Foundation and nurture debates at Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational on transnational perspectives in art.
This funding will allow early career scholars and curators to engage with specialists in the field of architecture and photography in the Gulf, South Asia and beyond and to meet with a broad network of researchers, curators and artists.
Participants in the travel grant programme will receive funds sufficient to cover their travel costs and two nights’ accommodation in Dubai within a set limit. As part of receiving this grant, participants will need to complete a written report on the symposium to be published online, by a set deadline.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (400 words) in PDF format indicating how attending this symposium will benefit your work, together with names and contact details of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 August 2019 17.00 BST.
Only successful candidates will be notified.