“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’

 

Together with Sue Hill, I developed a perfume to support this crowdfunding; in it, the scent of the last gift Bill gave to Sue: a Box of Time, because time was all that they didn’t have. The one of a kind fragrance was auctioned and all proceeds went to rehoming Bill’s attic, to become a place of inspiration for visiting artists.