Awaiting updated biography from Pete!
Sue is a visual artist, performer, curator and theatre-maker, Landscape Director of WildWorks (www.wildworks.biz) and member of Eden Project International. She has worked with many companies including Welfare State International, Emergency Exit Arts, Walk the Plank Theatre Ship and the National Theatre in London. In 1988 she joined Kneehigh, Cornwall’s international theatre company, serving on their management team from 1994 – 2001 and helping to grow their distinctive style of theatre. From 2000 until 2006 she was Artistic Director for the Eden Project, developing their innovative interpretation strategy, commissioning artists, writers and performers to illuminate Eden’s ideas and messages. With her brother Pete Hill she has made many large-scale carnival images and earth sculptures, including the iconic Mudmaid in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the Dreaming Girl for the 4Head Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006. In 2007 and 2008 they made large-scale installations for the Great Rift Valley Festival in Laikipia – ‘Ardhi’, a huge earth head, and a paper dhow ‘Ark’. In the aftermath of the election violence in Kenya, she worked with Kikuyu and Luo artists to make a series of installations and performance pieces in the RaMoMa Gallery in Nairobi. Sue regularly leads Artist Lock-ins for Arthouse Jersey (https://arthouse.je/), collaborative creativity boot-camps for artists working in very diverse media and with a wide range of experience. She has led project development workshops for the Imperial War Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Trust at Castle Drogo and Dyrham and at Yale for Historic Royal Palaces. She has twice been invited to contribute to the Gatherings organized by the Cornish American Heritage Society. She has travelled widely through her work, with performances, commissions, speaking engagements and seminars in Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Malta, France, Kosovo, South Africa, Kenya, India, Egypt, U.S.A., Palestine, Australia, Hong Kong and China. Sue designed, with her partner Bill Mitchell, many WildWorks projects, building a village out of wrecked boats in Malta, a treehouse round a huge eucalyptus tree overlooking the Green Line in Nicosia, and a fishing shanty (that the company lived in during rehearsal and performance) on the quay at Hayle in Cornwall. For ‘Souterrain’ she helped to create the Underworld anew in each location – in a village, a fortress, a department store, a school, the grounds of a hospice, a tin mine and a derelict convent. She led the development of ‘The Enchanted Palace’, the celebrated sequence of installation, interpretation and performance at Kensington Palace and was a member of the core team that created The Passion in Port Talbot with Michael Sheen. She is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University and Patron of Scary Little Girls (www.scarylittlegirls.co.uk).
Sue is currently working on projects with Eden Project International and exploring how to give artists creative access to the contents of her partner Bill Mitchell’s extraordinary Attic.