Staff profile

Tim Shore

Senior Lecturer - Design

Tim Shore


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts, College of Arts, Humanities and Education. I teach on BA (Hons) Graphic Design, MDes Graphic Design and MA Visual Communication.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach at all levels of the UG BA Graphic Design programme, I also teach on PG visual communication and graphic design. Studio based, practice led modules explore the fundamentals of graphic design, the importance of process led practical work and supporting students understand what kind of graphic designer they want to be as the prepare for the world of work.

The course has a strong employability track record; live projects, competitions and collaborations are embedded at all levels of the course and I continure to work with cultural and commercial partners in Derby and further afield.

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

I make work with books, drawing, text, walking and moving image. I have made films, animation and site-specific installation work.

Making, materials and process are important elements of my work and a lack of knowledge about how to put things together is often an important first step in making work. I’m interested in the marginal, ephemeral and overlooked, and how luck, chance and anxiety can be embodied in small objects.

Work for 'On Being an Artsit' and 'Rituals and Rites', two recent (2018) exhibitions for Artcore in Derby have explored elements of a family history and investigated the power of objects to hold and trigger memories and emotions.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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

Recent conferences

I regularly give talks about my work. Recent conference that I've spoken at include; The Working Lives of Artists. Care in the Media and Cultural Industries, CAMEo, University of Leicester (2018); An action repeated. Format International Photography Festival Film & Photography Conference, Derby (2015); Printing Animation. Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange, Edge Hill University (2014)

Experience in industry

I work independently as a visual artist. I have worked freelance as a designer and illustrator for clients including Habitat, NatWest, the Royal College of Nursing and the RCA, and as 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


Rituals and Rites - Artcore, Derby 2018
On Being An Artist - Artcore, Derby 2018
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize - Trinity Buoy Wharf, London 2018 (touring exhibition)
Frankenstein 2018, Liverpool Book Arts - Central Library Liverpool 2018 (touring exhibition)
Middle Bound - QUAD, Derby 2018
Finding Lines: a celebration of drawing and mark making - Derby Museums and Art Gallery, 2017
Oblique Cartographies - Wirksworth Festival, Derbyshire 2017
New Expressions 3 - The Workhouse, Southwell 2017
From Here & There: Drawings from Colorado and Wales - Clara Hatton Gallery, USA, & Elysium Gallery, Wales 2014