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raised of £15,000 target by 86 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,805 to create an interactive record of Bill Mitchell's Attic in its original setting and relocate it as a creative resource

    Funded on Saturday, 29th February 2020

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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…



    • Sue Hill3 years ago
      Sue Hill

      Sue Hill

      3 years ago

      Thanks to the support of all its friends, Bill's Attic now has its new home at Krowji. Bill's Attic is beautiful, unexpected, complicated, provoking, funny, sad and all things in between.  It is a place of and for creativity.  This is what one artist who spent time in the Attic said, " Every way I turn, every box I open raises an emotion. I have laughed out loud and felt sick to the pit of my stomach. Thank you to all who have made it possible for Bill's Attic to be such an amazing artists' resource".  Those thanks are for you...

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    • Sue Hill4 years ago
      Sue Hill

      Sue Hill

      4 years ago

      Dear Lovely Supporters of Bill's Attic... The Bill's Attic Auction at the Redruth Drapery raised over £5000 towards re-homing Bill's collection at Krowji. Along with the almost £3000 from this Just Giving account and £2500 from private donations we are within a whisker of raising our target funds. Thank you thank you thank you! Ellie Williams has made beautiful designs for the space at Krowji. It's one of the oldest buildings on the site, with a high pitched roof, like the Attic itself but much bigger, with room to think, make, play, talk.

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    • Sue Hill4 years ago
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      Sue Hill

      4 years 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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    • Pam Dawes

      Pam Dawes

      Feb 15, 2020

      Wonderful to hear you are so close to your goal. Much love xx


    • Becky B

      Becky B

      Feb 4, 2020

      Sue thank you for letting me experience Bill's attic - so many wonderful things x

    • amy payne

      amy payne

      Feb 4, 2020

      Fantastic stuff Sue! x

    • Emma Mansfield

      Emma Mansfield

      Dec 18, 2019

      HI Sue, we've made a donation to Bill's Attic fund, thank you so much for reading on Sunday, it was brilliant to have you there. Much love Emma x

    • Helen +Chris

      Helen +Chris

      Dec 16, 2019

      Sorry we couldn't make The Drapers. We want to contribute to this brilliant idea. Thinking of the wonderful experiences we had with Bill and the memory pearls that remain. XC


    • 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.


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    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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