The College is delighted to announce that it has received a generous funding commitment of £750,000 from the Bill Brown Charitable Trust to help to fund the Creative Workshops space at Churchill.
This design and maker space (previously the Creative Hub), which will use the former boiler rooms next to the squash courts, will be a collaborative space for students of all disciplines to work and create art or design objects together. This will be unique to Churchill as a centre for creativity. The Bill Brown Charitable Trust was founded in 1989 to honour Bill Brown, a businessman who left school at the age of 14 to work in Bristol’s dockyards, then eventually established several engineering companies building bridges and dams in England. He founded the charity to give opportunity to young people to study engineering and the trust has funded several bursaries and scholarships at the College in the subject. The Creative Workshops development has been designed by Assemble, a collective which won the Turner Prize in 2015 and which was co-founded by Churchillian Joe Halligan (U06).
In order to complete the project, the College needs to raise another £750,000, which will fund the fitting out of the building, and five years’ of running costs for the workshops. We are thrilled that an anonymous donor has pledged to match every pound donated to the Bill Brown Creative Workshops up to a total of £375,000 to reach this target sooner. This matching is open until 31 March 2022.