Professor Toshio Watanabe’s Retirement from the Directorship of TrAIN and the Appointment of TrAIN’s new Director, Professor Paul Goodwin

As an art historian interested in exploring how art of different places and cultures intermingle and affect each other, he has been an influential colleague at Chelsea since 1986, initially as the Head of Art history and later as Director of Research. After a long and distinguished career as an educator and researcher he will now be concentrating more on his own research and international commitments.

As Director of TrAIN, he has been instrumental in developing the centre into an internationally recognised platform for research into transnational art and design. All who have worked alongside Toshio, and the many staff and students he has helped and supported, will join me in wishing him well for the future. We are therefore, delighted to announce that Toshio will be returning to the University as a 0.2 Research Professor attached to TrAIN.

In related news, I am also very happy to announce that as of 1 September, the directorship of the TrAIN Research Centre has passed to Professor Paul Goodwin. Paul is already known to many of us in his role as Chair of Black Art & Design and has been an energetic member of TrAIN since joining UAL.

Paul’s multidisciplinary research and curatorial practice revolves around exploring the creative potential of both cities and exhibitions as sites of aesthetic, socio-cultural and political intervention. Within the urban field this has been framed around understanding how the black and migrant presence in cities have shaped and in turn, been shaped by formations of urban aesthetic and socio-cultural modernity. Within the field of contemporary art he has focused on the dynamics of how processes of migration, globalisation and transnationalism are yielding new forms of innovative artistic and curatorial practices in both a European and broader international context.

- Professor Oriana Baddeley

Tuesday 06 October, 2015