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Weʼre raising £15,000 to create an interactive record of Bill Mitchell's Attic in its original setting and relocate it as a creative resource

Redruth, Cornwall UK

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Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director of WildWorks and Kneehigh, died on Good Friday 2017 at the peak of his powers. Thousands of people witnessed his wonderful gifts in shows like Tregeagle, The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Souterrain , Wolf's Child, Tristan and Yseult and The Passion. Hundreds had the delight of working with him as artists and volunteers.

His Attic was Bill’s private creation space, every WildWorks project had its seeds sown here. The shows and projects are what Bill is best remembered for. But they are the tip of a treasure house of artworks - installations, books of collage, drawings, paintings, writing. And a mesmerising collection of artefacts that he used to provoke his imagination and creativity, a loose-parts-playkit of raw materials, imagery, toys, found objects, archaeology, taxidermy, bones, sea flotsam...

Next winter it will be re-homed at Krowji, Redruth, in a beautiful old stone building in the midst of the artists’ studios. This much bigger space will allow artists and arts companies to be inspired, play, and make new work in response to Bill’s collection and his radical creativity.

You can get a glimpse of Bill's Attic in the magical film made by Chris Morris - 'A Different Place'

I am working with photographer Steve Tanner and digital artist Scott Fletcher to record as much as we can of the space, the artworks, the artefacts, the boxes and their contents before it is dismantled and re-framed. We will turn these files into a fully accessible online experience. Anyone visiting the site will be able to fly into the Attic, hover like a hummingbird, be curious, explore, open boxes, find artworks that have been provoked by the Attic and see glimpses of Kneehigh and WildWorks projects related to the collection.

We are applying to the Arts Council for help, but we need to raise a minimum of £15,000 initially to match the Arts Council bid and to fund the relocation. So I’m inviting people who knew Bill, and loved him and his work, to help me with this.

This idea was formed in the last week of Bill’s life. He was thrilled to think that his strange and beautiful collection might go on to inspire other artists…

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  • Sue Hill8 days ago
    Sue Hill

    Sue Hill

    8 days ago

    We now have the list of 21 extraordinary lots that people have donated for Bill's Attic Auction on Dec 12th - everything from a days lambing on an organic farm to a specially created unique perfume. If you can't attend but would like to bid you can send an email bid beforehand, details in the catalogue link here -

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  • Sue Hill19 days ago
    Sue Hill

    Sue Hill

    19 days ago

    On Dec 5th there will be a magical fundraising auction for Bill's Attic in The Redruth Drapery. The auction lots are very special - things that money can't buy!

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  • Sue Hill2 months ago
    Sue Hill

    Sue Hill

    2 months ago

    Exciting times! The Arts Council awarded us £15,000 to capture the Attic; your donations have provided the match funding for this part of the project. Thank you! We are still raising funds to transfer the contents of the Attic to Krowji, where it will become an inspiring resource for artists. So if you haven't contributed yet and would like to be involved in supporting Bill's amazing legacy, please do visit the Just Giving site. A thousand thanks... Sue x

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  • Cherie Huang

    Cherie Huang

    Nov 24, 2019

    Dear Sue: Sorry to come in this late. Bill will always have a special place in our hearts. Hope his genius and legacy can be kept and shared. Love from Cherie & Lyra xxx


  • Carmen (volunteer Once/Twice upon a Castle Gaasbeek Belgium)

    Carmen (volunteer Once/Twice upon a Castle Gaasbeek Belgium)

    Nov 2, 2019

    Ali Baba's cave is nothing compared to Bill's Attic! Seeing the movie I found myself back in the castle's kitchen with al the recipes !-)Good luck and big hug.


  • Marieke


    Oct 31, 2019

    With lots of love for Bill and Sue


  • Susie


    Oct 10, 2019

    Fantastic. what a great achievement Love Susie Bell

  • Pigsy Hayward

    Pigsy Hayward

    Oct 8, 2019

    I love Bills Suff n Things xx

  • Rod Dixon

    Rod Dixon

    Oct 7, 2019

    Bill was so important to so many of us - I feel so privileged to have met him and worked with him. His attic is the perfect legacy of a truly inspiring artist.X


  • Xanthe


    Oct 7, 2019

    Marvellous wonders!

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Sue Hill

Sue Hill

Redruth, Cornwall UK

Sue is a theatre-maker and visual artist, based in Cornwall. She was Bill's partner in life and art for almost 40 years

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