Shifting Worlds – When science and art meet. Since 2015, Hill has been coordinating his studio practice alongside his interactive film and lab work at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, (CBCB), Newcastle University. The aim has been to develop artwork for public exhibition and participation that reflects this unusual relationship, under the working title: ‘Shifting Worlds’.
oil and mixed media on lace on canvas December 2020
oil and mixed media on lace on canvas January 2021
“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)
A selection of oil paintings by Derek Hill, accompanied by his interactive film work with Dr Richard Daniel and Ian Hall, is currently on show at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB) Baddily Clark Building, Newcastle University. The films are produced for AV screening and 4K projections with sound. Ian Hall, film post-production.
The paintings and AV films currently on display at Newcastle University’s Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB) demonstrate months of interaction between Hill’s studio and the CBCB microbiology labs.
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