Current Projects

The Tea Service

On going events in and around Bristol

The Tea Service is an interactive art work combining art, tea and discussion. The common activity of drinking tea and conversation forms the background to this artwork.

AIM artists are keen to find a creative way to share their artwork with other groups, organisations and community networks. They wanted to find a relaxed and informal way to engage in discussion to explore a wider range of topics and issues such as art, disability and sense of place.


The Tea Service at Spike Island Cafe, part of Fair Saturday Bristol supported by Spike Island and Bristol City Council


AIM presents



Installation – Exhibition – Shop – Events




Friday 3 May 2019, 6-9pm


Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May 2019, 11am – 5pm, Free entry




Jeff Johns

Imagined Records

an exhibition presented by AIM 11th-31st May
Friday-Sundays 10am-6pm
SVA, 4 John St, Stroud, GL5 2HA

Talk: Being artists

Sunday 12th May 3pm.
Colin Higginson is joined by AIM artists to discuss what it means for them to be supported and develop as artists.

For more information:


Tea service and workshop run by

AIM artists as part of

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in partnership with Spike Island and Spike Island café

Saturday 24 November, 2018

The Tea Service, workshop and raffle

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  • The Tea Service, 2–3pm

The common activity of drinking tea and conversation form the background to this artwork. Tea Service was developed by a group of artists who work with AIM. Discussion topics can range from art, disability and sense of place.

  •  Workshop, 3–5pm

Join AIM artists to design your own plate using drawing, mixed media, collage and paint.

Recommended donation £10, pay on the day.

  • Raffle, 12–5pm

A chance to win an artwork by an AIM artist, a plate from The Tea Service and some traditional raffle prizes.

Raffle tickets available between 12–5pm, tickets drawn at 5pm.

What we are raising money for:

We want to raise £500 for our new project

Each to Another – The Creative Exchange Project

Each to Another is an ambitious art education project to be launched in January 2019.

The project will support artists with learning disabilities to develop, create and share their creative practice through devising and leading workshops and events. It will develop an approach to peer-led skill sharing where more experienced artists with learning disabilities will support the creative development of others. Creative workshops led by the artists will eventually be open to the public in various venues across Bristol.

The project will be documented by No Bindings, a socially-engaged publication that brings together groups to reflect on shared issues.

Each to Another will culminate in a celebratory public event, workshops and publication launch.

The project is a collocation between AIM, The Writery and No Bindings with support from Bristol Libraries, Bristol School of Art and Spike Island


We are very excited to be taking the 

The Tea Service to Stroud Valley Artspace

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exhibition • conversation • workshops • tea & cake!

John St Gallery, SVA, 4 John St, Stroud GL5 2HA
(click here for venue access information)

Exhibition opening
Saturday 6 October 10am

Tea service sittings
Saturdays 6, 13 & 20 October 12 noon or 3pm

Exhibition dates
6 -21 October Fridays and Saturdays 10am–3pm

•    Meet diverse artists, curators & professionals, including the Arts Inc partners
•    Bring, share & talk about your artwork
•    Chat about: art, access, opportunities, collaboration
•    Enjoy workshops in plate design, drawing & text (written, spoken & in artwork)

For further information, to talk about access or book your free place at the table (limited spaces): email or tel Kazz 01453 751440

More information:
•    Tea Service is part of a broader ‘Elevate’ project, designed to improve / extend inclusion of disabled participants & artists. Find out about here about Art Shape, leading Elevate alongside Arts Inc partners
•   Find out more about Art in Motion (AIM) led by neurodiverse artists and those with learning difficulties
•   Find out more about the Tea Service project & what’s on at SVA




Home Spun

Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol


Art in Motion spin tales, sounds, and scenes from the homes of Betty Sargent, Chris Rose, Dave Peace, Jeff Johns and Jonathan Barr Lindsay.

10th to 25th March 2018
Open 12-5pm daily closed Mondays

preview Friday 9 March, 6-8pm

The Tea Service

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Spike Island Open, Bristol 2017                                        photo credit: Colin Higginson

AIM launched the Tea Service at Spike Open in Bristol in April 2017.

The artists working with AIM were keen to find a creative way to engage with other groups, organisations and local community networks in Bristol to discuss and share ideas about a wide range of topics including art, disability and local history.

The central focus of the artwork consists of a purpose-made tea set, created by the artists through applying their painting, drawings, writing and photography to china white ware.

The artwork will tour to a number of venues in the city; art institutions, creative spaces, community centres and schools where the artists will invite others to join them at the table for art, tea and discussion.

The discussions will be led by the artists using their artwork as the starting point, creating opportunities for different and diverse groups to meet share experiences and ideas in a relaxed informal way.

You can follow our activity via our Facebook page and twitter.



Expanding Realities

The project has included an EU funded international exchange element Expanding Realities a collaboration between AIM, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design and GASP, Cork Ireland and Debajo del Sombrero, Madrid, Spain.

In November AIM exhibited Somewhere in the City at the Arnolfini, Bristol, an exhibition of work made by five Bristol based artists: Betty Sargent, Chris Rose, Jeff Johns, Jonathan Barr Lindsey and Dave Pearse.

In September 2016 artwork from the exhibition at the Arnolfini will be exhibited in Ireland as part of Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship.

Perceptions is an international showcase of artists who are work in supported artist studios work will be exhibited in venues across Cork City.

AIM would like to acknowledge the support it has received from:


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Perceptions 2016

Artist from AIM exhibited at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland as part of Perceptions 2016.

The exhibition ran from 9 September – 29 October a diverse range of artwork across ten city venues, showcasing the artwork of over sixty artists working in supported studio settings, both nationally and internationally. The exhibition included a screening programme, workshops, creative fair and symposium.

AIM: Somewhere in the City

Throughout 2015/16 AIM has being working on various projects, Somewhere in the City is a participatory heritage and arts project, working with five artists with learning difficulties in their home town of Bristol to explore an over-looked, historic area: the cluster of streets and lanes behind the Hippodrome and extending up to Red Lodge.

Infusion Art Cafes Project

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Infusion Art Cafes is a european exchange project between AIM, Bristol, UK and Gasp, Cork, Ireland experimenting with using cafe settings as creative spaces for workshops, exhibiting and exchange.

The Project has been aimed at young adults with learning disabilities between the ages of 18 to 30 years of age. The project seeks to encourage learning through creativity, ideas of inclusion and participant.

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