The Weather Report : Inclusion, Collaboration, Connection Post 3

Jill Impey’s Arts Council England funded Project, “The Weather Report” is Touring to The Dragon Theatre Barmouth for 2 performances, on Tuesday 25th October. Followed by Raglan, New Zealand for 2 performances, on Friday 28th October. 

The Weather Report event includes a 14 minute film screening in a two hour creative engagement with the film maker and artist, performing as her fictional historical character “Lucida” in the UK . While in New Zealand, Jasmine Teei founder of Black Flax and one of the original contributors to the film. will deliver the project at The Old School Arts Centre in Raglan.

The poster has a green background. Black text at the top reads a film and participatory workshops touring England, Wales and New Zealand.

Underneath large text in black and white reads The Weather Report.
The image beneath this text is of white woman's hands cradleing a large white conch shell. A calm turquoise sea is in the background. The fingers have gold jewelled rings on them. The fingers have swollen knuckles. The hand supporting the base of the shell is bent backwards.
Text beneath the image reads
What does it mean to be a ‘good ancestor’ ? 
The Weather Report is a powerful and moving short film by artist Jill Impey. The film records the voices of women from coastal, immigrant and creative communities in New Zealand and England. The women reflect on their relationships with heritage and feelings about the weather, the sea, migration and colonisation.
Post-screening workshops with Lucida (Jill’s fictional character) invite you to take inspiration from the film and use creative processes to explore what being a good ancestor means to you. 
Booking at www.dragontheatre.co.uk
Take part in a project about connection 
www.jillimpey.com
column to the left reads
25th Oct. 2022 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm £5 adult £2.50 conc. 
The Dragon Theatre, Jubilee Road,  Barmouth LL42 1EF
Tel: 01341 281697
Bottom line logos 
Arts Council England and National Lottery Logos: Cartoon crossed fingers with eyes and a smile, far left . Arts Council England written in a circle format to the right. Text below says Lottery Funded. Text top right says: 'Supported using public funding by' in small letters then 'Arts Council England' in Large Capitals below.

Logo, The Dragon Theatre in White Celtic style text next to a white dragon on a dark red  background with a maroon dragon shadow behind the text.
Poster for the event at The Dragon Theatre in Barmouth

Art History and Contemporary Art

We can learn a lot about our world through art history and contemporary art by putting things into context.

I’m looking forward to running these 4 Art History and Contemporary Art sessions at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery starting with 
SAT 1 OCT, 2022
Portraits Art History Workshop with Jill Impey
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Cost: £20/ session
booking at https://www.shropshiremuseums.org.uk/…/portraits-art…/

A portrait of a white woman in Tudor costume and text that says 'SM&AG SAT 1 OCT 2022 ART HISTORY With Jillmpey Portraits Courses 合 Shropshire Council'

The Weather Report : Inclusion, Collaboration, Connection Post 2

This week I have been reflecting on accessibility and inclusion.

In July for The Weather Report programme I took part in Accessible Marketing training by Paula Dower from DASH. I have started to implement some of the really important changes that I need to make in my communications.

I have also started to recognise some of my own accessibility needs as a neurodiverse artist.

I have always struggled with giving talks and decided to use visual notes with drawings and annotations. This enabled me to remember key points when I gave a talk to fellow artists: Andrew Howe, Jean Atkin, Emma Plover and Jamila Walker Thomas; Olivia Hames from the Hive and Kate Green from Meadow Arts.

A crumpled piece of paper with drawings and written notes on it. There is a lighthouse drawn on the left with the Dates 1620 and 2020 written on it. Some railings and the letters T-A-P and the name Kim Wide. On the right there is a drawing of New Zealand flax some wavy lines to represent the sea, 2019 NZ and the name Jasmine Teei are written. In the centre ACE is circled and underneath it SSR with a picture of clasped hands beneath. At the bottom the word PLYM-SEPT , T Severn + Hive Shrewsbury; Dragon Barmouth, Old Art School Raglan NZ. ( BSL) Wolverhampton Arena Theatre. Meadow : Share
My visual notes for a talk about The Weather Report. They include important dates, images and tour venues.

In other news:

I attended The Body as Vessel: Priya Mistry AKA What’s the Big Mistery, provoking, evoking and amplifying. (Axis Web)

I Visited British Columbia and was inspired by indigenous knowledge. I found affinity with Raven who teaches us to be creative, playful and curious.

A black stone carving of a dancing raven figure with human legs and feet mounted on a cedar tree trunk base.
Raven Dancer- Contemporary Blackstone Carving. Koskas ( Billy Dan ) Lilwat Nation, 2004

I’ve just booked a course in Mental Health First Aid with St John’s Ambulance. This will help deal with any issues that come up during workshops. It will help create a safer space.

This new knowledge will be embraced and disseminated in The Weather Report Inclusion Tool- Kit.

aKIN Exhibition Workshop

“This is a time to take a lesson from mosses” Robin Wall Kimmerer, renound writer and botanist

Mosses have survived 350 million years of catastrophe. They are ecologically important, absorbing huge quantities of water, helping to soak up rainfall and create humidity, offering a home for creatures, like woodlice and nematodes.

There are around 1,000 bryophyte species of mosses and liverworts in the UK. Many require microscopes to distinguish between closely-related species, how can we get to know and learn from them?

For this workshop during Participate’s exhibition a-kin, Jill Impey will take you on a brief artist’s guide to learning from mosses. No experience necessary, there will be some fun drawing and mark making and a gathering of words to make poetry snippets you will need pencil / pen and A4 paper. 

Suitable for Adults & Children Age 8 upwards ( no unaccompanied children)

Session lasts 1 hour, Sunday 13th of February at 1 pm

Face to face: at the Unitarian Church Shrewsbury ( max 6 including carers – please note there are stairs up to the workshop room ) booking via : shrewsburyunitarians@gmail.com

Online via zoom: booking through Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/akin-exhibition-workshop-tickets-251946377397

The Weather Report: Post 8

A postcard from Plymouth, May 29th-June 4th. 2021

Weather was lovely, sunshine & cloud with a light wind close to the sea. I watched from the Hoe as the light grey fog that hung over Plymouth Sound on Wednesday afternoon, obscured the jagged volcanic rocks of Drake’s Island, then lift almost as soon as it came.

1940’s mental health nurse Lucida, having just returned from New Plymouth, New Zealand, had many fruitful interactions with visitors to her events, sharing stories and comparing experiences of the COVID 19 pandemic with WW2 and the post war period.

Many people recognised the importance of the moment, reflecting on the divisive events of 1948; the building of the Berlin Wall, the beginning of Apartheid in South Africa and the establishment of the State of Israel. All acknowledged the impact of those post war devisions and the need for global unity now, in 2021 not just for humanity but for all nature’s sake.

If ever there was a time to send a postcard it is now, we all live under the same sky, reach out and communicate.

Postcards available 5 for £5 inc P&P uk, please contact me for details

The Weather Report: Post 7

Set Fair : Plymouth 29th. May 2021

Finally arrived in Plymouth after much preparation and packing, and a beautiful green journey along the A49.

Preparation for Plymouth workshops & audio recording peoples voices

My character Lucida will be taking part in a community engagement today Saturday May 29th from 10-1pm at Teats Hill, and Monday 31st. & Tuesday 1st June 10-1pm in the Garden of the National Marine Aquarium, with Age UK Plymouth on Thursday and around Plymouth Harbour and various venues throughout the week see https://jillimpey.com/blog/ for further details. 

Lucida looking forward to meeting Plymouth folk and visitors