book, was produced as a commission from City of Sunderland and Arts Council England as part of Visual Arte Initiatives UK, 1996. It is Hill’s account of the Art Studio, the people who use it, and what the Studio means to him. The concept for book derives from the fall-out of a post-apocalyptic Thatcher to the advent of a Bauhaus style utopia, celebrating the many facets that make up the beauty, wealth, identity and industry of working-class communities everywhere. The Studio was fundamental in its vision for a new identity for the North East in which each page of book is integral to the many facets of people as a whole. It was designed by Hill and Mark Little and was fabricated in collaboration with Nissan UK and Smith’s Electrical Vehicles UK. book is by no means a conventional book, it consists of an aluminium and stainless steel box (2.25m x 1.25m x 0.75m), in which 16 aluminium sheets are fastened to a series of aluminium runners which make up each of the pages. Each page has been transferred to high-resolution colour density, dura-clear film and fastened directly onto the metal. When in the open position book measures 10 metres long.
Commissioned for “Visual Arts UK 1996”