What we do

Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational expands Tate’s commitment to developing its collections and programmes beyond Western Europe and North America by exploring multiple art histories from different parts of the world. We will contribute to the transformation of our understanding of international art by highlighting the interconnection, exchange and flow of artists and ideas.

The Centre promotes new ways of interpreting and presenting art through the framework of ‘transnational’; a way of understanding and curating art that encourages the idea that art and its histories are interconnected beyond its country of origin. We facilitate exchanges of ideas, dialogues and debates with individuals and organisations across the world, and share our explorations with a wide public through a diverse programme.
Integrated within Tate’s curatorial vision, the Centre’s work is manifested in our exhibitions, new acquisitions and collection displays as well as in academic outcomes and public programme.


Tate Modern Conference

Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures

23 Feb 2019, 24 Feb 2019, 25 Feb 2019

This international conference will explore and reflect upon global solidarity movements and their artistic manifestation

Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational presented the conference Axis of Solidarity: Landmarks, Platforms, Futures at Tate Modern on 23–25 February 2019, co-organised with the Institute of Comparative Modernities at Cornell University and the Africa Institute.

Programmes offered

The Centre organises annual symposium, seminars, workshops and lectures at Tate and partner venues in the UK and abroad.

The Centre also 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.

  • Adjunct Curator posts – provides regional specialists with the opportunity to remain within the region they are working in and carry out field research for Tate
  • The Visiting Fellowship programme – provides academics and curators with the opportunity to develop their independent research that aligns with Tate’s research interests
  • Travel Grant programme – an annual award for early career scholars and curators to attend the Centre’s symposium

Open calls will be posted on this page when opportunities rise.

About us

Integrated within Tate Modern’s Curatorial team, the Centre’s core team consists of a Senior Curator, Curators, Adjunct Curators, a Research Manager and a Research Coordinator. They work with the wider Curatorial team to lead or contribute to exhibitions, collection displays, acquisitions or public event. The Centre’s core team also work closely with the Learning & Research and Digital departments as well as colleagues at Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, to connect Tate with a wide network of peers and academic partners.

The Centre is guided by Tate’s internal Steering Committee, which consists of the following members:

Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions & Programmes, Tate Modern (Chair)
Anna Cutler, Director of Learning & Research
Ann Gallagher, Director of Collection, British Art
Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art (Europe and Americas)
Clara Kim, The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East)
Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational)
Gregor Muir, Director of Collection, International Art
Judith Nesbitt, Director of National & International Partnerships
Charlotte Reeves, Head of Corporate Partnerships
Andrea Schlieker, Director of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Britain

The Centre is also supported by an Advisory Board, which is currently in its formation, consisting of relevant academics and other specialists from the field.

The Centre is led by Dr Sook-Kyung Lee, Senior Curator, International Art (Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational). She previously led Tate Research Centre: Asia, a major research initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, from its inception to conclusion in 2012–2018. Lee has also had responsibilities for the research and acquisition of art from the Asia-Pacific region for Tate Collection. She is currently curating Nam June Paik, which will premiere at Tate Modern in late 2019 and tour in Europe, USA and Asia. Lee has convened and participated in several international symposia and conferences at Tate and internationally and written and lectured widely on modern and contemporary Asian art with a particular focus on transnational contexts.

Two Curators will shortly be appointed as part of the Centre. They will be embedded in Tate Modern’s Curatorial team to carry out acquisition and programme related curatorial work with a focus on the Centre’s aim of contributing to the development of the ‘transnational’ framework. Further two Adjunct Curators will be appointed in the coming months, providing regional specialism to Tate by carrying out field research in relevant regions. Details of new curatorial appointments will be shared on this page.

Contact us

Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational
Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
+44 (0)20 7401 5038

Rachel Hajek, Research Coordinator

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