Approved: 22.04.2014

Tim Shore


Approved: 22.04.2014

I am a visual artist with a background in design, film and animation. I studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and animation at the RCA.

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      Artist Statement

      I am a visual artist with a background in design, film and animation. I studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and animation at the RCA.

      My work often explores the evidence and histories of place, and the stories and retellings that make a place known. I work with moving image, text, drawing, and installation.

      My artist’s films have shown internationally: Cabinet (2006, Flamin/ACE) won second prize at transmediale.07 (Berlin); Burlesque (2008, Capture5) featured in ReelDance Australia and EMAF Osnabrück touring programmes; Fits and Starts of Restlessness (2012, Film London/ACE) premiered at Dickens2012, BFI Southbank, London.

      I’ve made: site-specific film commissions (Blindspot for National Trust/New Expressions 3); exhibited drawings (Finding Lines exhibition, Derby Museum and Art Gallery); and my hand-drawn artist’s book, Exercise Book, was selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (2018) and acquired for the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

      From 2016 to 2018 I took part in Document, a CVAN East Midlands project that documented the lives and creative practice of six East Midlands artists.

      Following a stroke in 2017, I was inspired by how Derbyshire artist Ian Breakwell made writing - diarising, cataloguing and indexing the material of his life - central to his practice. Walking, looking and note making are now integral to my work, and I primarily focus on making artists’ books, that explore history, identity and place.

      Middle Bound (2018) a group exhibition for QUAD, Derby set out to ‘explore the social fabric at the Heart of England’ was where I first started to explore my Romany gypsy heritage, and this continued with Keep your distance (2018) for CVAN East Midland’s On Being an Artist exhibition (2018) at Artcore, Derby, and Tasseography (2019) for Rituals and Rites (2019), also at Artcore. Derby Mean Time, an installation about Derby and its scientific legacy, featured my artist’s book Lacuna, was ACE GFTA supported and exhibited at Derby Museums in 2019/20.

      CV & Education

      Gallery and site specific exhibitions

      2019 Derby Mean Time, Pickfords House, Derby Museums, Derby
      2018 Rituals and Rites, Artcore, Derby
      2018 On Being an Artist, CVAN East Midlands, Artcore, Derby
      2018 Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London [and touring]
      2018 Frankenstein 2018, Liverpool Book Arts, Central Libary, Liverpool [and touring]
      2018 Middle Bound, QUAD, Derby
      2017 Finding Lines, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
      2016 D-Lab at the Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
      2016 Thirteen (D-LAB) Wirksworth Festival 2016
      2015  BlindSpot (New Expressions 3), The Workshouse Southwell, National Trust
      2015 Sheffield International Artist Book Prize
      2015  PAGES Leeds International Artists’ Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds
      2014  From Here & There: Drawings from Colorado and Wales, Clara Hatton Gallery Colorado State University, USA and Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales
      2014  Derwent Pulse, Darley Abbey Mills, Derby
      2014  Museums at Night, Strutt’s North Mill, Belper
      2014  The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen, South Square, Bradford
      2013  #SEENINTHDEEN, Peackcock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
      2013  art:language:location, Cambridge
      2013  Event Horizon, QUAD, Derby, Derbyshire
      2013  Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
      2013  Belper Arts Trail, Belper, Derbyshire
      2013  Towser Zine Archive, Hebden Bridge Arts Fesitval, West Yorkshire
      2012  Holmfirth Arts Festival, West Yorkshire
      2011  Situation Critical, Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire
      2011  Th’Owd Towser Show, Holmfirth Festival
      2010  AND Festival, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, UK
      2009  Everyday Discrepancies, Art Gallery of Victoria, Canada
      2008  Closer, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, UK
      2007  MultiChannel, ArtSway, Sway, UK
      2007  Darbyshire Award, Site07, Stroud Valleys Artspaces, UK
      2006  Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales

      Screenings and touring programmes

      2010  ReelDance International Dance on Screen Touring Programme 2010, Sydney

      • Carriageworks, Sydney
      • Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne
      • Perth Cultural Centre, Perth
      • Regional Arts South Australia, Cameo Cinema, Murray Bridge
      • GOM and Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
      • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
      • On Edge, Centre of Contemporary Art, Cairns
      • Planetarium and Track Cinema, Adelaide

      2009  Social Arts, EMAF Touring Programme 2009/2010

      • Video Formes 2010, Clermont-Ferrand, France
      • ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
      • Goethe-Institute, Riga, Latvia

      2009  Cream, International Festival for Arts and Media, Yokohama, Japan

      2008  War and Peace 2008, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud UK

      • Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
      • Museum of Bath at Work, Bath, UK
      • Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, UK

      2008  Nouvelle Creation Anglaise, Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Geneva
      2007  War and Peace, Touring programme, Site07, Stroud Valleys Artspaces, UK

      2007  transmediale.07 Video Selection, Touring Programme, Transmediale, Berlin

      • Amsterdam Film Experience, The Netherlands
      • Festival della creatività, Firensze, Italy
      • Bienal de video y nuevos medios, Santiago de chile, Chile
      • Full Pull 2007, Malmo, Sweden
      • Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany
      •, Minsk, Belarus
      • M_MULTIMEDIA, Amantes Art Space, Torino, Italy
      • Futuresonic, Manchester, UK
      • Multi-Media Arts International Lab and Forum, Bejing, China
      • Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece
      • India International Centre, New Delhi, India
      • Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo

      2006  Smoke and Mirrors, mac, Birmingham, UK
      2006  Impakt Festival, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
      2005  Textures of Reality, National Film Theatre, London, UK

      Selected Festival

      2009  Abandon Normal Devices (AND) FACT, Liverpool, UK
      2009  Bandits-Mages Festival, Bourges, France
      2009  EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck
      2008  Alternative Film and Video, Belgrade, Serbia
      2008  Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada
      2008  Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, USA
      2008  Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
      2007  Recontres Internationale Paris/Berlin/Madrid
      2007  Signes de Nuit Festival, Paris, France (Thomas Munz Presentation)
      2007  Amsterdam Film Experience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      2007  Aurora, Norwich, UK
      2007  ICE, Iowa City Experimental International Film Festival, Iowa, USA
      2007  Scanners, New York Film Festival, Lincoln Centre, New York, USA
      2007  Courtisane, Gent, Belgium
      2007  Media City, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
      2007  transmediale, Berlin, Germany
      2006  Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
      2003  Commonwealth Film Festival, Manchester, UK
      2003  EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany
      2003  Los Angeles International Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
      2003  Images Festival of Independent Film and Video, Canada
      2003  Odense International Film Festival, Odense, Denmark
      2002  Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
      2002  L’Alternativa IX Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain


      2016  Document, Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands
      2015  D-Lab Commission, D-Lab Digital Arts in Derbyshire
      2014  New Opportunities Award, New Expressions & Contemporary Visual Arts Network
      2012  Film London Dickens 2012 Short Production Fund
      2007  Capture5 Award
      2004  Wellcome Trust Sciart Experiment Award
      2004  LAFVA London Artists’ Film and Video Award
      2003  Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award
      2002  S4C Channel 4 Wales ‘Short Shorts’ Award


      2007  transmediale.07 Award (2nd prize for Cabinet)
      2006  Alternative Film and Video Festival (Significant Achievement Award for Cabinet)


      2010  Koestler Trust Awards, animation judge (to 2014)
      2007  Alternative Film and Video Festival Jury member


      British Council, London, UK (Fits and Starts of Restlessness)
      Microcinema International, San Francisco, USA (Rosabelle Believe)
      LUX, London, UK (Cabinet)
      Royal College of Art, London, UK (Rosabelle Believe)


      2007  PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Art, Design and Communication, UAL
      2002  MA Animation, Royal College of Art
      1984  BA Hons Graphic Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic


      2014  Lecturer in Design, BA Hons Graphic Design, University of Derby
      2013  Senior Lecturer Visual Communication, University of Derby
      2004  Head of Animation, London College of Communication, UAL