Staff profile

Tim Shore

Lecturer in Design

Tim Shore


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am programme leader for BA Hons Graphic Design and also teach on MDes (Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration) and MA Visual Communication. 

I was Head of Animation at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London from 2004 to 2013. 

From 2009 to 2013 I was the external examiner for BA Hons Animation at the University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone and in 2012 I was an external advisor for the OU validation of BA (Hons) Animation at Leeds College of Art. 

I am a practising artist, working in moving image, text, drawing and installation. My short films have been funded by Film London, Arts Council England and Channel 4 Wales. 

Screenings and exhibitions include BFI Southbank, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Arnolfini, Artsway, Stroud Visual Arts and QUAD in Derby. 

International festival screenings include Los Angeles, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, New York Video Festival, Recontres Internationale (Paris, Berlin, Madrid), Impakt Festival (Utrecht), European Media Art Festival (and tour), ReelDance Festival (Australia, and tour). I was awarded (joint) second prize for the transmediale.07 prize, Berlin in 2007. 

In 2014 I was awarded a New Expressions 3, New Opportunities Award for my site-specific film installation ‘BlindSpot’ which was exhibited at The Workshouse (National Trust) in Southwell from July to November 2015. 

I am currently working on ‘Derby Omphalos’ a digital arts commission for D-LAB, a digital arts initiative for Derbyshire. The project is an exploration of Derby’s place in space and time and takes John Flamsteed’s (1646-1719) Derby Meridian as its starting point.

Teaching responsibilities

I am responsible for the leadership of the undergraduate Graphic Design programme. I design, plan and deliver the design curriculum to all years of the course. I work in close collaboration with the programme leader for Animation and Illustration, as a number of our modules are taught across all three programmes. 

The course has a strong employability track record; live projects, competitions and collaborations are embedded within the curriculum. We work with other courses in the college and cultural and commercial partners in the city of Derby and Derbyshire. 

I also provide supervisor and tutorial support for PG students on the MDes and MA Visual Communication programme.

Professional interests

Koestler Trust Arts Awards (Animation judge 2010 – 2014) 
Framing Animation, Slade, Birbeck, Animate Projects (Advisory Board member 2010) 
Laurence King Publishing (Academic reviewer 2004 – 2008)

Research interests

My practice is research led and employs moving image, text, drawing and installation, to explore process and production. I have embraced a making methodology that reflects my interest in the relationship between maker and tool, and investigates questions around the contradictions of making and the impact of the machine (camera, computer, mobile phone, etc.) upon the work. Last year I created a site-specific film installation for New Expressions 3 and I’m currently working on a digital commission for D-LAB 

My research and practice has explored the narratives and histories of technology - in particular automation and production - and its impact on society and the individual. Recent work has addressed the ambiguous relationship between craft and the digital, exploring the corporeal presence of the maker – evidenced in measurement, materiality, movement and form – and its incremental translation and replacement by the automation of the machine.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2014) 
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007)


PG Diploma in Learning and Teaching, University of the Arts London (2007) 
MA Animation, Royal College of Art (2002) 
BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Wolverhampton Polytechnic (1984)

Recent conferences

Shore, T. 2015. An action repeated. [Pecha Kucha presentation]. Format International Photography Festival Film & Photography Conference, 10 April, Derby.

Shore, T. 2014. Printing Animation. Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange, 14 - 18 July, Edge Hill University.

Experience in industry

I have worked freelance as a designer and illustrator working for clients including Habitat, NatWest, the Royal College of Nursing and the RCA. I have worked as an in-house designer for Channel 4 Learning (the former educational division of Channel 4) TM2 Tibbalds Monroe (Planning and Urban Design) and John Burke Design.

In the media

Keepsake/Cofiwch (S4C, 2003) a short animation commissioned by S4C (Channel 4 Wales) was broadcast on S4C Digital in May 2004. An article about ‘Misery generates hate', my installation for the Belper Arts Trail 2013, was featured in the Belper News (26 June 2013) and I was interviewed with Andrew Martyn Sugars, curator of the Belper Arts Trail, for BBC Radio Derby (June 2013).

Recent publications

Shore, T. Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize. 2015. Sheffield: Bank Street Arts.

Shore, T. BlindSpot. site-specific film installation for New Expressions 3. 2015. Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK: The Workhouse.

Shore, T. PAGES Leed’s International Artists’ Book Fair. 2015. Leeds: The Tetley

Bosward, M., Poynton, S. and Shore, T. Derwent Pulse. animation projection to support Derwent Pulse event. 2014. Darley Abbey, Derby: Darley Abbey Mills,

Shore, T. From Here & There: Drawings from Colorado and Wales. 2014. Colorado State University, Colorado, USA: Clara Hutton Gallery and Swansea, Wales: Elysium Gallery.

Shore, T. The Box Season 17. 2015. Aberystwyth, Wales: Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Bosward, M., Mellor, S., Poynton, S. and Shore, T. Museums at Night. 2014. Belper, Derbyshire, UK: Strutt’s North Mill.

Bosward, M., Poynton, S. and Shore, T. Rebirth: a Light and Sound show. 2014. Belper, Derbyshire, UK: Strutt’s North Mill.

Shore, T. The Most Beautiful Things Cannot Be Seen. 2014. Thornton, Bradford, UK: South Square Centre.

Shore, T. #SEENINTHDEEN. 2013. Aberdeen, Scotland: Peacock Visual Arts.

Shore, T. art:language:location. 2013. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: Casimir Lewy Library, Faculty of Philosophy.

Shore, T. Event Horizon. 2013. Derby, UK: QUAD

Shore, T. Wirksworth Festival. 2013. Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK: Wirksworth Festival.

Shore, T. Belper Arts Trail. 2013. Belper, Derbyshire, UK: Strutt’s North Mill.

Shore, T. Towser Zine Archive Uncanny Valley. 2013. Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival.

Shore, T. Holmfirth Arts Festival. 2012. Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK: Holmfirth Arts Festival.

Thomas, G. and Shore, T. Fits and Starts of Restlessness. ACE and Film London ‘Dickens 2012’ film commission. 2012. BFI Southbank, London, UK: Dickens 200thBirthday event.

Shore, T. Situation Critical. 2011. Wirksworth, Derbyshire, UK: Wirksworth Festival.

Shore, T. T'Owd Towser Show. 2011. Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK: Holmfirth Arts Festival.