Tim Shorten was born in Bolton, Lancs. He studied at Bolton College of Art & Design, Preston Polytechnic Department of Fine Art (now UCLan), and Leeds Polytechnic (Leeds Beckett University). He was Head of Art and Design at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys in Cheshire until 2017, and is now a full-time painter.

Robert Hagan is an artist from Australia. “I was born in Murwillumbah, NSW Australia and spent my youth between Brunswick Heads and Chillingham in and about the beautiful Tweed Valley. I attended Murwillumbah High School and excelled at nothing very much other than football and the final exams which got me a scholarship to University. 4 years later I graduated with an Arts degree in Economics and a Diploma in Education.