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Jonathan Trayner

Dr Jonathan Trayner



Jonathan received his PhD in Fine Art from the University of Reading in 2019 with his written thesis focusing on the pamphlets and visual culture of the German Peasants’ War of 1525.

He recently published an essay ‘Sacred Violence and the German Peasants’ War’ in the volume On Violence, edited by Sharon Kivland and Rebecca Jagoe (2018).

He has presented at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference and is a book reviewer for the Sixteenth Century Journal. Alongside his academic work, he is a practising artist and printmaker - recent projects include: V.D.M.I.Æ. various locations (2016-present); Centre for Remote Possibilities, Matt’s Gallery, London (2014); The (Im)Possible School, Tate Modern, London; Corbin Union Residency, Corbin BC, Canada, (2012); Sandarbh Residency Programme, Partapur, India (2010) and Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin (2009).

Jonathan lives and works mostly in London.

Further information

2018 to present: Visiting lecturer, Leeds University

2014 to present: Sessional lecturer, University of Reading

2007 to 2009: Associate lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Are you hoping to work and study at the point where art meets communication? This challenging course explores a range of techniques including web design, UX design and motion...

BA (Hons) Illustration

On this innovative course you can turn your stories and creative concepts into narrative by exploring the art of illustration and visual communication in children’s and adult’s...

BA (Hons) Make-Up and Hair Design

Nurture your individual design identity and develop professional artistry skills on this stimulating and creative make-up and hair design course – ready to launch a dynamic...

BA (Hons) Fine Art

This progressive and unique student-centred fine art course enables you to develop, define and perfect your skills as a professional artist at one of the top creative...