The Weather Report
In this project artist Jill Impey curated a creative space (online or live) in which people from coastal and immigrant communities (in England in 2021 and New Zealand in 2018) reflected on relationships with heritage. They explored feelings about the weather, the sea, immigration, colonisation and notions of connection and took part in recording sessions that contributed to a film. The project was funded by Arts Council England in 2020 . In post Brexit, mid-pandemic England, the host was Lucida Impey, a mental health nurse just returned in 1948, from New Zealand. She provided resource packs and led creative activities. By setting the scene post-war, participants were released from their day to day lives to converse and connect with their creativity. Before and after the workshops, they gave their own ‘internal weather reports’ The full film is 14 mins duration, with subtitled spoken reflections.
The Weather Report : 2022-2023 Inclusion, Collaboration, Connection
The Weather Report tour (National Lottery funded and supported by Art’s Council England in 2022) offers visitors the opportunity to take inspiration from the film and engage with a creative process of gathering and sharing wisdom and understanding.
Lucida in the UK and Jasmine Teei in New Zealand will guide participants through a range of creative activities, inviting them to:
• Explore seashells and other natural objects through touch and drawing.
• Consider how you connect to the world by sharing thoughts and feelings.
• Make postcards, poems and collage
• Find new ways of connecting and considering what it is to be ‘A Good Ancestor’.
Jill’s working process is to make new recordings in response to her films and workshops. These in-turn create new artworks to be shared.
The Weather Report is currently touring the UK and New Zealand starting with The Hive, Shrewsbury, Prince Rock School Plymouth, The Dragon Theatre Barmouth and The Old Art School Raglan New Zealand in 2022, followed by Wolverhampton Arena Theatre with a BSL signed performance in spring 2023. The final exhibition and events will be shown between April and May 2023 at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.
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The Weather Report exhibition, screenings and workshops
April 14th to May 14th. 2023 at Theatre Severn
My Arts Council England funded Project, “The Weather Report” is back in Shrewsbury in April, with an opening event from 6-8pm on Friday April 14th.
The exhibition displays The Weather Report, a three screen film, as well as collaborative poetry and postcard artworks that are part of Jill’s socially engaged process.
The 14 minute film is a powerful and moving record of 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.
It’s calming yet thought provokingly honest, and heart whelming and made me want to go to the water and reconnect.
Wakerori Rooney, Maori contributor
At the public workshop on Saturday 13th. May 10:30-12:30pm. (pay as you feel £10 suggested) participants will watch the film and be guided by Lucida (Jill’s fictional historical character) who invites you to take inspiration from the film, use creative practices to boost wellbeing and explore what being a good ancestor means to you.
I’ve just really enjoyed it. It’s nice connecting with people.
Dave Cousins, Barmouth workshop.
The Weather Report : Inclusion, Collaboration, Connection: Update
Unfortunately, I have had to postpone my event on the 14th of March as both of the BSL interpreters are now unable to take part.
While this is disappointing it gives me more time to fully explore this area and to work more closely with BSL interpreters and the Deaf community in Wolverhampton.
The event will now take place on Tuesday 21st November 6 till 8 pm, All Welcome.
Meantime I heartily recommend the exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which won’t be on in November. Have a look at www.shemza.digital
The Next event will be the Exhibition at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury April 14th. to May 14th.
with screenings and workshops on Saturday May 13th. 2023
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The Weather Report event at Wolverhampton Arena Theatre 2-4pm 14th. March 2023
I’m bringing my Arts Council England funded Project, “The Weather Report” to Wolverhampton , with a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performance on Tuesday 14th March. Booking at : https://wlv.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873643619
The Weather Report event includes a 14 minute film screening in a two hour creative engagement with my fictional historical character “Lucida”.
Lucida is an English mental health nurse just returned from working in New Zealand in 1948. I use this character to take people out of their ‘every day’ and consider how a sense of connection impacts on mental health and thoughts of ‘home’.
Lucida offers a light-hearted, respectful approach to emotive and often serious subject matter. As we know, sometimes it’s easier to simply talk about the weather.
The project is very much about communication, connection and inclusion. The BSL interpreted performance will add an extra dimension as well as being welcoming of Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
The subtitled short film, funded by Arts Council England in 2020/21, is a powerful and moving record of the thoughts and voices of women from coastal, immigrant and creative communities (in England in 2021 and New Zealand in 2019). They explore their feelings about the weather, the sea, migration, colonisation, notions of connection and what it means to be ‘A Good Ancestor’.
The Weather Report event at the Dragon Theatre in Barmouth in November was a great success. Participants watched the short film and guided by my fictional historical character ‘Lucida’ made drawings, collage, a collaborative poem and discussed what it means to be a good ancestor.
“I just enjoyed the session and it’s been nice meeting everybody and just talking about stuff. I’ve just really enjoyed it. It’s nice connecting with people.” Dave Cousins, Barmouth resident.
Participants completed a “Barometer of Change” postcard at the beginning and end of the session, using weather terminology (foggy, bright and low etc.) to describe their own internal weather report.
“Mine was overcast, originally, and now feels warm. I’ve had the worst year of my life in the one just passed. It just helps I think, it’s not taken my mind off it. But, it’s helped me feel more grounded, and less dominated by the black cloud.” Janice Horrocks, Dragon Theatre Trustee
Lucida had a lovely response from the participants, People don’t always know what to expect from my workshops, because it is quite a unique experience that is difficult to explain.
“It’s just a nice warm feeling. Because you’ve been and it’s a lovely, positive vibe, isn’t it? We’ve come here, and we’ve done this. It’s easy to say I can’t be bothered; it’s raining outside. I thought to myself, it’s raining, nobody’ll go. But it’s people making the effort, I’m going and I’m glad I did.” local resident Antoinette Whitehouse, said.
“I think doing this, it’s been allowing you to play this afternoon. And you know, some people might have felt uncomfortable with the drawing but once you start with the collage then that’s losing control again, isn’t it? And yet thats okay, there’s no right answer to this..…So I think that was really good fun.” Jane Cousins, local resident.
Spontaneity, playfulness, reflection and the willingness to try were the order of the day.
“I’ve gone from foggy to bright in creativity; I’m always a bit uncertain and I’m never sure which direction I need to go in. I feel actually, like you say, having a play kind of allows you to be spontaneous.” Janice commented.
“It’s almost like you need to instil that inner child part of you that likes to come out. I think it’s important, especially as adults, to keep that inner child part of us going, because that’s what keeps us in touch with our creative side. That’s what keeps our imagination going.” added Dragon Theatre Arts Group facilitator Sharon Betts
“One participant, Philippa Bunting, said she just couldn’t miss such a wonderful arts opportunity, which was music to my ears. Many thanks to Julie McNicholls Vale at the Cambrian News for publishing the event online and in the paper, some participants would have missed it otherwise,
Many thanks also to Janice Horrocks at The Dragon Theatre for her support, and for inviting me back to work with the Arts Group in the 2023.
A Barmouth Poem: Going Forward
the shell belongs to all of us
let’s stop defining one thing by comparing it to another
my life shouldn’t be a death sentence for the world
the shell belongs to all of us
from me to you and back again
and if I do not preserve my surroundings I do not preserve myself
the shell belongs to all of us
break the chain to escape and find the real you, make your own imprint believe and you can achieve
the shell belongs to all of us
oh I do like to be beside the seaside
The final event of the tour will be at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury with a one month exhibition from April 14th to May 14th 2023. There will be two opportunities to take part in the workshop event on Saturday May 13th. in The Haydn Smith Room.
Jill Impey’s practice combines artefacts, found objects, curation, sound and video. Her focus is on communication and connectedness. Exhibited as audiovisual installations on themes of heritage and nature, Impey as artist and Reiki practitioner, seeks to engage observers in discussions and workshops.
The combination of installation and focus upon the response of the observer is at the heart of my practice, which is committed to opening up vitally needed channels of communication to heal the fractures in our modern society. The Weather Report seeks to engage a broader national and international audience in discussions around heritage, migration and interconnectedness….. sometimes its easier to talk about the weather.