Jill Walker: An Artistic Life

The renowned artist, Jill Walker, has made a unique contribution to her adopted island of Barbados through a magnificent outpouring of artistic work over seven decades – oil paintings, water colors, prints, graphic design and illustrated books. “Jill Walker: An Artistic Life” traces her early years in England as a budding artist and her successful career as a portrait painter and theatre costume designer for, among others, the Stratford and National Theatres. A chance visit in the 1950s to Guyana (then British Guiana) started her on a romantic and exciting life in the Caribbean and her eventual residence on the island of Barbados with architect husband Jimmy Walker. Her paintings of the rich and colorful life and architecture of her adopted home have become hugely popular and people around the world treasure their Jill Walker paintings. Jill says in the film, “I have always thought I had a rather quiet life, rarely looking back, seldom looking forward. However, since I was persuaded by my family to produce my book and this film, I realize it has been the most fabulous life, and I have been extremely lucky.”

Awards: Best Director, Best Sound and Best Long Doc, Barbados Visual Media Festival 2018(VIMAS)

Jill Walker: An Artistic Life (2017)






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Penelope Hynam


Sun 18 Aug 2019, 2.00pm,

T+T Premiere

Penelope Hynam

Penelope Hynam

Penny Hynam is managing director of Sea Weaver Productions Inc. She has had a 25-year career in Canada in film and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CITY television, co-founded the documentary production company Mobius Productions which produced a variety of documentaries for clients, and worked as a script supervisor/ continuity on the set of over 40 movies and television dramas. She was the founding assistant director of Norman Jewison’s world-class Centre for Advanced Film Studies in Toronto. In Barbados from 1992, she was director of the Barbados National Trust and project director on George Washington House and Museum, and continued to work in filmmaking, writing, producing, co-producing and/or directing several films: “Chattel House” with Gladstone Yearwood, “George Washington in Barbados”, “A Day in a Bajan Life”, a series of 10 short film portraits directed and shot by Pelle Hybbinette and “Barbados Surfer Girl” an award-winning documentary on the Barbadian champion surfer Chelsea Tuach. She recently co-directed a workshop on television production for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and runs workshops on film producing. She was the founding president of the Barbados Film and Video Association.    

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