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

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.