Timothy Neat is a Scottish writer, film maker, photographer, teacher and art historian. Brought up in North Cornwall, he was a boarder at Launceston College 1955/63. After an Honour's Degree in Fine Art at the University of Leeds (1963/67) Neat moved to Scotland home of his maternal ancestors to take up a teaching post at Lendrick Muir School, Perthshire. From 1970-73 Neat lectured in the History of Art and Liberal Studies at Plymouth College of Art and Design, England. In 1973 he was appointed art historian at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland.
From 1981 till 1986 Neat was convenor of the Scottish Sculpture Trust. He wrote and designed the catalogue for the Trust's Sculpture Park at Carrbridge; oversaw the funding and erection of the Hugh MacDiarmid Memorial Sculpture in Langholm also a major George Rickey exhibition on Clydeside (1982), and a huge Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, in 1984.
In 1982 Neat organised the first national Scottish Women's Art Conference at DJCA in Dundee; also conferences on Public Art, the Making of Art in Small Countries, Art and Nationalism. His interests are wide-ranging: he was a keen actor, and sportsman; he is a beekeeper, and wild mushroom hunter - for many years, worked closely with the distinguished restaurateurs David Wilson and Antonio Carluccio. He is also an authority on antique English, Irish and Scottish Glass.
Since 1989 he has worked as a film maker and author, from his home in North Fife. Recently Neat's prime creative interest has been in drawing: hence the recent books and films. An exhibition of his photographs, drawings and films opens in Padua on 13th November 2018.