Where Theory Meets Craft

Transept is a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists and art enthusiasts within ITIA, the University of St Andrews and the wider local community.

At the start of each academic year, they determine an approach for the year, which often includes exhibitions and performances in response to a theme that they explore. Transept has collaborated with local churches and galleries, using their art to complement and enrich sacred and secular spaces. Transept artists have also shared their work at academic theological conferences, encouraging reciprocation between academic studies and artistic exploration. Through these projects rooted in ITIA and St Andrews, an international Transept community is flourishing.

Transept members are regularly featured on Transpositions, whether as artists sharing their work, inspiration and process, or others reflecting on the work and the process.

Transpositions also features reviews and some content of Transept exhibitions.  Watch this page for current and past exhibition links.  To see Transept-related articles and exhibition posts, follow the links below!


Interface Exhibition 2022


In/break  Exhibition 2021 (online only)


Time and Again  Exhibition 2020  (online only)





For more information, ongoing activities and future events, find Transept on Facebook and on the ITIA website.


  • Karen is completing a PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she explores theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. Karen was on the editorial team of Transpositions from 2017 to 2022. As Editor-in-Chief, she fostered a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept, hosted the In/break exhibition on the Transpositions site, and introduced regular series into the publishing schedule.