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Big and Small

You can’t miss Derek Hill’s paintings, but their subject matter concerns the microbial world.

Derek Hill’s interest in the microbial world came about when he got a life-threatening streptococcal infection, which profoundly influenced his artistic development. This led to a desire to consolidate his current practice alongside scientists. His latest exhibition is the result of a collaborative research process between himself and the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology at Newcastle University. The collaboration has resulted in a vast body of work that takes in time-lapse imaging films, more than 70 large-scale paintings, and multiple HD photographs, drawings, notebooks and sketchbooks. This show – which is taking place at the Baddiley-Clark Building at Newcastle University – is made up of some of Hill’s most striking paintings, the kind that demand to be seen in the flesh.

Hidden Kingdoms, Shifting Worlds, until 30 November, Baddiley-Clark Building, Newcastle. More info: derekhill.co.uk

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