Responding to the vastness of nature as represented by modern science, Julie F Hill employs an expanded approach to photography and image-making, creating sculptural installations that explore conceptions of deep-space and cosmological time. She reshapes astronomical data into uncanny geological or meteorological phenomena, creating immensities that we can walk amongst, and enter into. Enigmatic and illusory materials act as conduits or portals, inviting us to cross a threshold to experience the unknowable. Through such environments she questions scientific knowledge and the technologies used to construct it. 

Julie studied at Central Saint Martins (BA, 2004) and the Royal College of Art (MA, 2006), and was Fellow in Digital Print at the Royal Academy Schools (2017–20). She was recently awarded the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation as part of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year, Royal Museums Greenwich (2020). She is currently the recipient of an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant for her project Through Machine & Darkness which is looking at the use of AI and machine learning in examining astronomical datasets. Her solo and duo  exhibitions include Uncertain Ruins, commissioned by Camden Council for Swiss Cottage Gallery (2019–2020), The Space Out of Time, Terminal Creek Contemporary/Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver, CA (2019); Of Stars and Chasms, ArthousSE1, London (2019); Deserts on the moons of other planets, Passengers, London, UK (2017); Mirror Darkness, Lumen Studios, London, UK (2017) and A Rake’s Progress, Dimensions Variable, Miami, USA (2012) as well as group shows at In Search of Darkness, Grizedale Sculpture (2018); LCN/SPACE Art & Technology, London (2018); Pokey Hat, VERBureau at Glasgow International Festival, Glasgow, UK (2016); Crying Out Loud, Guest Projects, London, UK (2012); Single-Shot, Tate Britain, London, UK & touring (2007). Residencies include Land Art Agency’s Sustainable Futures: Outer Space, Online residency (2021), Lumen, Atina, Italy (2016) and London (2018); The Florence Trust, London, UK (2013–14).

She has been awarded funding for her artistic and curatorial projects including Passengers (2016–), a continuing site-specific exhibition series which looks at the social, historical and material contexts of various sites and architectures, as well as Cartographies of Life & Death, curated for Artakt and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Wellcome Trust/Arts Council, 2012–13).







© Julie F Hill, 2021