Jayne Ivimey: ‘Because I’m Part of This…’


Jayne Ivimey
‘…..because I’m part of this…..’

DVD – Video, 10 mins;

Presented in slipcase with artist-designed cover.
May 2019, but filmed over 15 years

Music by Jane Wells; edited by Siri Taylor


Jayne Ivimey: ‘Because I’m part of this…..’ is a short artist’s film which charts the frightening progress of climate change and its effect on a Norfolk cliff-top resident.

You can see a snippet of the film on Jayne Ivimey’s artist page here

Happisburgh, has become famous as a place of resilience. As one of the easternmost villages on the east coast of Norfolk, it is truly on the edge. It has a repeating history of vulnerability to storm attack. Shocked by the problems of its cliff-erosion, Jayne Ivimey began a series of charcoal drawings in 2005 charting the rapid collapse of the seaward side of the cliff-top Beach Road.

For years, this place was the subject of much controversy as the Government had initially refused to renew its coastal defences. Eventually the residents agreed, that via the government’s Coastal Pathfinder mitigation and engineering programme, they would be compensated for loss of their cliff-top homes, and the beach would be cleared. As a result, a proud terrace of Victorian houses and modern bungalows were demolished in 2012, and most villagers were rehoused.

One resident in particular held out against this. Bryony Nierop Reading, a former teacher, had a bungalow at the end of the row, just before the steps down to the beach. She loved her view and her peace, and determined that her home would see her out. It didn’t, and in 2013, Cyclone Xaver did its shocking worst and her home tipped over the edge of the cliff. Luckily she survived.

Jayne Ivimey tells her remarkable story of resilience in this moving and sensitive film.

About the artist

Jayne Ivimey lives and works in Norfolk
Jayne studied Art History at the Sorbonne, Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art and an MA at Norwich University of the Arts. She spent 7 years in bird conservation in New Zealand, leading to a strong strand of interest in her work as an artist & she was a key exhibitor at GroundWork in Bird After Bird in 2017. She also has a longstanding passion for the geology, ecosystem and coastal landscapes of East Anglia.