Since 2015, Derek Hill has been developing his studio practice alongside his interactive labwork with scientists at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, (CBCB), Newcastle University. The aim is to develop artwork for public exhibition that reflects this unusual relationship under the working title: ‘Shifting Worlds’.
“The art practice which the artist Derek Hill has set up with scientists of the University of Newcastle is remarkable for how it represents an unfaltering stream of exceptional work that Derek has produced since his time at the Royal College in the 1970s and the persistence that he has shown in linking his art production to collaborative projects with professional artists and non-professionals. When he left the Royal College and was travelling in Africa, Derek’s life was put in jeopardy by a bacterial infection. The experience has been a mainspring of his work over several decades, and it found a ready response from the university scientists. The resulting link of computer imaging with the organic nature of Derek’s art practice presents a remarkable opportunity for the creation of new and exciting artwork, and the engagement of university personnel, schools, and communities.”
John Millard. 2018 (former museum manager in Newcastle and Liverpool)
‘Shifting Worlds’ – a selection of new oil paintings by Derek Hill accompanying his interactive film work alongside Dr Richard Daniel and artist Ian Hall. The exhibition is currently on display at the CBCB, Baddily Clark Building, Newcastle University. The films are produced for AV screening and large format, 4K projections with sound.