Lecturer's work bought by Tate Britain

Published: 26 August 2010 at 11:06

Top accolade for Anglia Ruskin University illustration and animation lecturer

Tate Britain, one of the UK’s most famous art galleries, has acquired 18 minutes at Manchester Piccadilly by Jim Butler, Pathway Leader for Illustration & Animation, at Cambridge School of Art, for its permanent collection.

The artwork, from the Anglia Ruskin University lecturer who lives in Cambridge, documents 18 minutes spent waiting in Manchester’s Piccadilly station. The screenprinted book takes in a 360 degree panorama from the platform and uses texts coming from station announcements. Each double page spread represents a 2-minute interval using the coffee rings to mark out the passage of time.

Commenting on the purchase, Jim said:

"Maria White, curator of artists’ books at the Tate had seen my work and invited me down to show her a selection of my bookworks. I’m obviously delighted to have my work acquired by such a major collection. Bookworks are a vital part of my artistic practice and it’s a huge boost to have my work recognised in this way."

This follows purchases earlier this year of another of his bookworks Ash Wednesday by The Art Institute of Chicago and the Meermanno Museum in the Hague.
Jim has recently developed a Book Arts module for the MA Printmaking at Cambridge School of Art and is currently developing an MA Illustration and Book Arts.

For more information please contact Sarah Jones, sarah.jones@anglia.ac.uk.