The Weather Report
Jill Impey, 2021, 14 min digital video.
Filmed on location in and around New Plymouth, New Zealand and Plymouth, England.
The sea holds us together.
A powerful, moving record of the thoughts and voices of women from coastal, immigrant and creative communities. The resulting film considers how connection is made and unmade by inclusion and exclusion, the potency of cultural and natural objects like the conch shell and the damaging effects of suppressing language and culture. It asks the question: What does it mean to be a ‘good ancestor’?
Jill Impey, is an English artist with a socially engaged practice. She is a neurodivergent thinker, working with mixed media and audiovisual installation. Her background in BA (Hons) Textile Design, MA Fine Art and Lecturing in Art and Design (Further Education) has led to a creative process that explores connection and communication of our relationships with nature, culture and each other. A founder of Participate Contemporary Artspace CIC, and re:collect, artist collaborations in Shropshire, U.K., Impey’s body of participatory and audio visual projects, support funded by Arts Council England and National Trust includes beinghumanproject2012, The Elephant in the Room Conversations, The Beat of the Butterflies’ Wings and The Weather Report. Impey’s lived experience of neurodivergence as a woman, artist and educator informs her interest in inclusion. Her practice sheds light on aspects of mental health, connection and decolonisation. She has worked with diverse groups from, AGE UK, schools in deprived areas of Plymouth, HMP Leicester, FE colleges in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury, Groups of Māori, and European Heritage women in Raglan and Kawhia, New Zealand, alongside museums and art galleries. Participant voice forms the basis of her audiovisual artworks, assisting the communication of her own neurodivergent voice. Her engagement workshops are often performative, ‘in costume’ events, offering a lightness, to what can be difficult subject matter. Working with natural and cultural objects, she invites curiosity and a deeper understanding of nature, heritage and inclusion.