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When science & art collide

'Shifting Worlds’ from artist Derek Hill can currently be seen at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology in Newcastle University.

I’m amazed at how many times I hear a news report that begins: “Scientists in Newcastle…” But maybe I shouldn’t be, because the ground-breaking work done on Tyneside can often be put in the world-leading bracket. Among the notable centres breaking that ground in Newcastle is the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology who are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Helping commemorate that landmark is artist Derek Hill: “Collaboration with the CBCB materialised through an unusual set of circumstances: a brush with death, a need to identify with life’s mysteries, and most importantly, to nurture my understanding of painting and drawing and what it represents to myself and others. I want my work with the CBCB to evoke a sense of the mystery and intrigue that makes us wonder about the future and how we see ourselves in coming generations – I’ve arrived at a point where I visualise colonies of microbes on a plate in the same way I visualise paint on a canvas.” Showing alongside the paintings is an interactive film piece that was complete with the help of Dr Richard Daniel.

Derek Hill: Shifting Worlds, until 25 January, Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, Baddiley-Clark Building, Newcastle University. Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm. Weekends by appointment: Tel. Stephanie Leglar: 0191 208 3235. derekhill.co.uk        

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