Staff Profile


Dr Tim Long

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Media, Art and Design

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923183

Profile summary

Tim is Programme Director for the single and combined honours Digital Media programmes.

An artist who trained in Fine Art painting, Tim’s work embraces film, hybrid processes that integrate digital media into physical objects. He uses his works in multimedia and collaborative performances at live events, and also in public gallery settings. In his capacity as programme director for Digital Media, Tim has worked as an external examiner for the Open University’s revalidation of the MA Creative Design for Digital Cultures programme at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands.

Tim’s images and sculptural work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and at the Newcastles International Print Biennale . In 2012 Tim was invited to contribute to a series of papers and presentations as part of the research/practice conference organised by the European Artists Research Network (EARN) at documenta in Kassell, Germany.

Tim was awarded his doctorate by UCL in 2012. He was supervised by Prof. Penny Florence, Prof. Sharon Morris, Prof. Timothy Mathews and Prof. John Aiken.  His thesis title is: 'Material thinking in Art: subject, object and the subjectile'. Tim's external examiners Prof. David Lomas and Dr. Krzysztof Fijalkowski.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am second supervisor for a PhD students, and I have also supervised students on the MA by Research programme. 

My practical research responds the questions concerning the relationship between subject and object. The objects I make, whether physical, virtual, or hybrid, seek to engage the viewer actively, and to provoke a subjective response. 

My research outputs include short films, sculpture, drawings and print. I use digital media processes extensively for sketching, mock-ups, and for broadcasting news on my work.


2014-15 Internal funding for research into physical computing devices, for interactivity and sound production in a live and collaborative environment.

2013 Futures Initiative Funding to conduct a project with students using ipads and an online database recording their carbon footprint.

2011 Application for a Leverhulme artist in residence proaject. The application was short-listed  but eventually was not taken further.

2007 – 2009 Research Informed teaching bid of £17,000 won by Tim Long and Bryan Hawkins. The bid was awarded to conduct collaborative work investigating the roles of traditional and contemporary technologies for the creation of media projects.

Knowledge Exchange

As an organiser and contributor to numerous events with external audiences, Tim’s research has established ways developing strategic partnerships with organisations such as the award-winning Free Range Music, film and poetry events. The public reach of Tim’s art works enabled visitors to the Royal Academy Summer show during 2010 and 2012 (132,926 visitors) the opportunity to see his works. ‘Nerve Scales’, an event designed and organised by Tim in 2014 was the result of a collaboration between academic colleagues, actors, musicians and Phd students. Tim presented sound generation devices that integrate customised programming, commercial music software, microprocessors and hand-made objects.

I have established links with professional design companies in Kent. These include:

Teaching and subject expertise

I have digital multimedia production skills and teach photography, digital film editing (Final Cut Pro), web design, and project development. I am particularly committed to assiting students in developing a critical and teachnically grounded expertise, that enables them to solve creative problems, and to devise sucessful creative strategies and project plans.

I teach on these modules:

  • Introduction to Digital Creative Practice
  • Digital Imaging
  • Web Design
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Individual Creative Practice

Postgraduate teaching and supervision:

I run a series of workshops and seminars for post-graduate students from all disciplines, on the relationships between theory and practice, and proactice based research.
Currently I am second supervisor for a PhD students, and I have also supervised students on the MA by Research programme.

Subject expertise:

My academic interests are hybrid and span both theory and practice, and the analogue and digital realms:

  • The creative uses of digital media,
  • The role of ‘traditional’, pre-digital art practice in the digital age
  • The history and theory of art since 1900, especially in relation to the changing uses of technologies for creative purposes,
  • Antonin Artaud’s writings and graphic works,
  • Digital media in experimental art and sound applications
  • Live sound, physical computing and multimedia performance
  • Film productiona, digital film editing and online publication

2014 External Examiner, Open University revalidation of the MA Creative Design for Digital Cultures, Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands

External activities

Selected exhibitions and performances

2015 Performance lecture, Sydney Cooper Gallery 'The Object Says It All - Intertextuality in Artistic Practice'

2014 ‘Nerve Scales’, a multimedia public performance, part of the Free Range season of events at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, Canterbury

2013 Canterbury Exchange, University galleries of Illinois State Uinversity, Normal, Il USA

2012 'Will Alsop + A Few More Friends: Something Stolen'. Testbed1, London

2012 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London

2011 'Mrs Darling’s Kiss', Arch 402 Gallery, London

The Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs

2010 Herbert Read Gallery, University of Creative Arts, Canterbury

2010 Two art works were selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London

2009 International Northern Print Biennale, Newcastle upon Tyne

2008 ‘Ghosts and Grotesques’, Sydney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury.

2008 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition

2006  ‘Young Curators’, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales

2005 Short film ‘The Splitting’, screened at the 2 Days Later film competition, Margate. Awarded prize for ‘best sound’.

‘Super8’, exhibition of super8 films, G39, Cardiff, 2005

2004 ‘Cohabitation’, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff

2003 Oriel Canfas Gallery, Cardiff

2002 ‘Grammar of the Grotesque’, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff

2001 London Contemporary Art Fair

Eagle Gallery, London, (solo show)

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 

Arcade III, touring UK and Russia

2000 Avivson Gallery, Paris

Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Galllery, Cardiff

1989 Frith Street Gallery, London, (solo show)

1988 Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London

Publications and research outputs


2008 ‘Ghosts and Grotesques’ Publisher: Department of Media - Canterbury Christ Church University, ISBN 0955923808

2003 ‘Imaging Wales’, Seren Books, page 62, ISBN 1-85411-349-6

2002 ‘Digital Deliverance’, Tim Long interviewed by Mike Sims in Printmaking Today, volume 11, No. 4 page 19, ISSN 09069253

2002 ‘Grammar of the Grotesque’ Tim Long and Huw Jones, catalogue for exhibition at the Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff. Catalogue, ISBN 09541611

2002 'Six contemporary printmakers in Wales', Catalogue for group exhibition at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, ISBN 095 3993817

Papers and conference presentations

2015 Performance lecture at the Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury. Tuesday 17 March 2015. The Object Says It All - Intertextuality in Artistic Performance.

2012 'Doing Research EARN@dOCUMENTA(13)' Presentation of research at Kassel, Germany, during documenta(13). I was invited to contribute to a series of papers and presentations as part of the research/practice conference organised by the European Artists Research Network (EARN).

2012 ‘Rebel with a cause: Antonin Artaud and a revolution in poetic language’ Canterbury Christ Church University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Annual Conference, 'Rebels, Rioters, Revolutionaries'

2011 ‘Politics, Poetics and Practice: New paradigms for theory-practice interchange in creative media production’, Department of Media, Canterbury Christ Church University

2010 'AETHER Journal of Media Geography', 'A Relay of Joy', co-written with Dr. Charles Travis, University of Dublin.

2009  Royal Geographic Society's International Conference, Manchester

2009 ‘Making Sense: For an Effective Aesthetics’, An international, interdisciplinary conference, University of Cambridge

2008 Demonstration and discussion of ‘A relay of joy, or the drawing machine’, Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities Conference, University of Cambridge.


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