Born in Birmingham in 1953, Tim Craven studied Fine Art at Stourbridge College of Art and the Conservation of Easel Paintings at Gateshead Technical College. He joined the staff at Southampton City Art Gallery in 1980, working initially in conservation and collection management. The Gallery is famed internationally for its British 20th century and contemporary fine art holdings and is one of the finest British regional art galleries. As Curator of the Gallery from 2002-8, and Curator of Art 2008 – 17, Tim Craven added substantially to the collection and curated/co-curated many exhibitions of British historic and contemporary art. Having always continued to paint, he decided in 2008 to concentrate on his own art practice and after various solo and joint exhibitions, he founded The Arborealists in 2013. The Arborealists are a group of some 60 professional artists from all over the UK, of diverse art practice who are united by the subject of the tree. To date the group has staged 10 exhibitions in the UK and France. Tim Craven was elected a member of The London Group in 2015 and serves on the Working Committee.