AIM for Art School
NEW COURSE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2022
AIM for Art School is a year-long course for individuals to explore ways and approaches to making art. There will be opportunities to engage with professional artists, meet other AIM artists, visit exhibitions and learn new skills.
The art school takes place a the Arnolfini who provides support and opportunities to engage in their exhibitions and learn the different ways contemporary artists make art.
Art in Motion
Over the last two years AIM and Arnolfini’s partnership has strengthened through greater collaborations and the regular presence of AIM artists at Arnolfini where they have enjoyed engaging with visitors and sharing their work.
This exhibition charts AIM’s work since the pandemic began, showing how they emerged from the isolation of lockdown into a creative force in the city and a source of support and pride for Bristol’s disabled community.
AIM artists: Betty Sargent, Dave Pearse, Chris Rose, Jonathan Barr Lindsey, Louise Morgan, Beth Richards, Jeff Johns, Katy Tovey, Rob Smith, Alisha Serratore, Paul Cullen, Helen Grant, Maisie Fortune, Colin Higginson
Special Thanks to:
Arnolfini, Jesse Cooper, Bristol City Council, Arts Council England, Spike Island, We the Curious, Stroud Valley Arts, No Bindings, WAIWAV, DASH, West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA), Props.
We Our Invisible We our Visible – WAIWAV
AIM received a national commission from DASH and worked in collaboration with the Arnolfini to create a series of performance interventions inspired by Dada.
The AIM artists focused on making wearable art as a starting point and for the inspiration for their interventions.
The completed work was performed on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at the Arnolfini.
This event coincided with the largest ever simultaneous showing of artwork by disabled artists staged across art galleries and Museums in the UK.
Photographs by John Morgan Photography https://www.johnmorganphotography.co.uk
HOME IS WHERE I ALWAYS RETURN TO
AIM poet and artist Dave Pearse launched his new book of poetry, ‘Home is where I always return to’ at the Arnolfini in March 2022.
His new collection of poetry draws inspired from local history, the environment, and his love of nature, as well as the sights and sounds of Bristol, his hometown.
Photograph by Paul Blakemore
Each to Another
THE CREATIVE EXCHANGE PROJECT WORKBOOK
Each to Another was a unique art education programme designed to support disabled individuals to develop their artwork through sharing their work with others. The project guided participants on how to facilitate their very own art workshop.
“We often learn most when we have to teach others what we do. Learning by teaching is a great way to improve confidence and communication skills.”
The project was led by Art in Motion in collaboration with No Bindings and with support from Bristol Libraries, Spike Island Artspace and the Arnolfini. The project addressed issues faced by disabled artists, including challenges to access, inclusion and a lack of diversity in the arts.
Through three distinct programmes, individuals were supported to develop their art skills and share their practice through a series of public workshops which were held at Bristol Libraries.
The project culminated in a celebratory public event. Aspects of the project were captured by No Bindings. This collaboration result in a publication reflecting on the development of the individuals who took part.
With thanks to The Arts Council England and City of Bristol Council for their funding support.
Photograph by Jo Hounsome
Research and Development Fellowship from the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA)
MARCH 2022 – MARCH 2023
AIM awarded a AIM has proposed to use the Fellowship to explore and discover similar art groups like AIM who support learning disabled artists across the UK to practice as artists .AIM will research how these groups organise themselves, work together as artists and what kind of artwork they make. The commission will give the artists the opportunity to learn how to carry out accessible research and support them to travel to meet several groups face-to-face, get inspired and feel motivated. AIM plan to share the outcomes of the research and their experience as widely as possible with other groups and individuals.
WE THE CURIOUS, BRISTOL
In 2019 AIM received a Make Space commission from We the Curious, Bristol.
AIM created Soul Stone a large sculptural piece that includes film and sound. It is on permanent display at We the Curious, Bristol.