Tim Vyner trained as an Illustrator in the 1980s and spent his early career developing reportage and publishing projects. He has published a range of books for children that combine education with storytelling including World Team (2002) that covers geography and the concept of time zones within the appealing framework of football. He regularly contributes to conferences and workshops and his drawings have been exhibited widely.
Since joining Bath Spa University in 2004 he has contributed as a visiting lecturer as far afield as China, Japan, Russia, and India and continues to present at a range of art and design institutions in Europe and the UK. Tim spends much of his time on location, documenting sport, travel and culture, bringing the mood and atmosphere of live events to a wide range of audiences including, so far, two Olympic Games and a Football World Cup.
Research and external activities
Tim's practice-based research explores how reportage illustration, in the form of visual journalism, can change our opinions about global spotlight sporting events, and influence the way they are reported. His drawings and accompanying texts are empathetic and share alternative perspectives on events and places that might otherwise go unreported.
In addition, his work considers how technology has influenced the performative nature of drawing ‘on location’, with a strategy to connect audiences meaningfully 'in the moment' through common experiences. Tim is currently working as the design lead on a collaborative project funded by an Art Fund grant to develop a series of Discovery Walk 'Apps' to raise awareness of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and its unique collection.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Association of Illustrators.
- Graphic Communication.
- MA Illustration, The Royal College of Art
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design, Camberwell School of Art and Crafts.
Research and academic outputs
Vyner, T (2014) Tim Vyner: an experience of life on Mount Athos. Mount Athos Center, Thessaloniki, Greece. ISBN 9786188086142
Vyner, T (2002) World team. Red Fox, London. ISBN 9780099427582
Vyner, T (2012) 'Case study: Tim Vyner.' In: Zeegen, L, ed. The Fundamentals of Illustration (second edition). AVA, Lausanne. ISBN 9782940411481
Vyner, T (2011) DesignInquiry; and two-week workshop. In: DesignInquiry/The Second International Print Exchange, May 2011, Oct 2010, Montreal, Canada, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, Xi'an, China.
Vyner, T (2010) 2010 Xi’an International Printmaking Workshop & published edition of prints. In: Xian Academy of Fine Art, China, 16 - 25 October 2010.
Vyner, T (2021) Reportage Illustration as Visual Journalism in Two World Cups (2018) [REF2021 collection].
Vyner, T (2021) Mount Athos (2014-2015, 2018) [REF2021 collection].
Performative drawing in dynamic contexts, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; Blenheim Palace, London; The Old Vic, London and venues
Vyner, T (2012) Performative drawing in dynamic contexts, including the National Portrait Gallery, London; Blenheim Palace, London; The Old Vic, London and venues. Various, March 2012.
Vyner, T (2009) Tim Vyner ARWS: World Games (solo exhibition). Bankside Gallery, London, UK, 25 - 29 November 2009.
Vyner, T (2006) Street life. New Academy Gallery, London, September 2006.
Vyner, T (2004) Football dreams. New Academy Gallery, London, December 2004.
Vyner, T (2002) Buddhist temples football shrines. New Academy Gallery, London, December 2002.
Vyner, T (2013) Mount Athos RCA Drawing Bursary. March 2013/July 2013/November 2013. Exhibition in 2014.
Vyner, T (2012) The Times Olympic Artist: a commission and exhibition.
Vyner, T (2010) Series of workshops, publications, and talks.