Current Projects

AIM for Art School

Would you like to try new ways to make art?

AIM for Art School started in September 2021 and is looking for people with learning disabilities to join our friendly group.

We will visit exhibitions, hear from professional artists and learn new skills.

Takes place every Monday afternoon from 1- 5pm at Arnolfini.

Email or phone Colin 07971 618112

Supported by Bristol City Council

Each to Another

Would you like to develop your artwork and share it with others?

In the Each to Another project you learn how to plan and run an art workshop.  

Takes place every Wednesday afternoon from 1-4pm at Arnolfini.

Email or phone Colin 07971 618112

Pages – The Sketchbook Project

Sketchbooks are a great way to stay creative and to collect your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

AIM will be issuing sketchbooks to individuals and groups across the city along with accessible worksheets suggesting ideas and themes to help you get started.

There will also be the opportunity to share the finished sketchbooks in the future with are
community of artists as part of AIM’s Mobile Art Resource which is due to be launched in
May 2021.

Funded by WECIL VIP Community Fund.

Home and Away

Chris Rose and Helen Grant

Exhibition at SVA

23rd October – 7th November

Friday and Saturday

10:00am to 4:00pm

Home and Away is a collaboration between AIM artist Chris Rose and Artist Helen K Grant

Chris and Helen met through AIM where they discovered a shared enthusiasm for making art from scrap materials.

At SVA they will be considering how they feel about ‘home’ from the distanced perspective of the gallery. How has this changed post-lockdown, when our homes became places of both refuge and confinement? Helen and Chris are planning an installation that fills the entire gallery space and invite you to peek within.

AIM and SVA have also invited people from the Guideposts Community Hub to contribute artwork. The hub (based in London Road, Stroud) provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to make friends, develop skills, be creative, gain confidence and feel connected to their local community.

AIM Postal Project

We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for individuals with learning disabilities, with many receiving less support than usual due to the impact of social distancing.

This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, particularly for those who don’t have access to technology; so we have developed the Postal Project to support AIM artists and others to stay creative and keep connected.

By sending out art materials, creative activity worksheets and providing mentoring through phone; we can support artists with learning disabilities and those who face disabling barriers to staying creative through this unstable time.

Each worksheet helps artists explore their creative expression by encouraging the use of different artistic modalities and inspiring a subject matter that can be interpreted in any way that best suits the artist.

So far, the AIM Postal Project has a been an amazing success providing individuals and organisation with art packs, accessible creative activity worksheets and telephone support. Through this project we minimalised some of the isolation and loneliness individuals with learning disabilities have been experiencing.

Creativity has been a lifeline for many individuals during the pandemic, creating meaningful activity, an opportunity for expression, providing an outlet for feelings and emotions while helping to support good mental health. The Postal Project has also provided participants with the sense of belonging and of being connected through a shared activity.

AIM are offering these free creative activity worksheets to other individuals. If you or your organisation would like to receive them, please get in contact.

This project has been kindly supported by the Arts Council emergency funding.

Each to Another

Each to Another is a unique art education programme designed to support individuals with learning disabilities to develop their artwork through sharing their work with others. The project guides 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 is led by Art in Motion in collaboration with No Bindings and with support from Bristol Libraries, Spike Island Artspace and the Arnolfini. The project addresses issues faced by artists with learning disabilities including challenges to access, inclusion and a lack of diversity in the arts.

Through three distinct programmes, individuals will be supported to develop their art skills and share their practice through a series of public workshops which will be held at Bristol Libraries.

The project will culminate in a celebratory public event. Aspects of the project will be captured by No Bindings, a socially-engaged publication that brings together groups to reflect on shared issues. This collaboration will result in a publication reflecting on the development of those individuals taking part.

With thanks to The Arts Council England and City of Bristol Council for their funding support.

Make Space for AIM

AIM has received an exciting new commission from We The Curious, a science, arts and education centre in Bristol, UK.

Make Space is a participatory project led by We The Curious, which is working with community organisations who will each explore one of seven questions that influence the design of an installation. The piece will form part of the new exhibitions at We The Curious in 2020.

AIM is one of the Bristol based organisations selected to research and design one of these new displays.

The project is currently in production stage, so watch this space and we will update you when the installation is ready for you to visit!

The Tea Service

The Tea Service is an interactive project 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 a sense of place.

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

Spike Island Open Studios

Art in Motion, Studio 45

Open Studios happens just once a year. It sees artists, designers and creative businesses throw open their doors for you to explore their workspaces and learn about what they do, alongside exhibitions, family friendly activities, tours, events and street food from some of Bristol’s best traders.

Spike Island is one of the largest and most comprehensive organisations in Europe dedicated to the production and exhibition of contemporary art and design. We’re open to the public all year round with free entry exhibitions and a varied programme of talks, workshops, screenings and more.

Talking Shop

Installation, exhibition, shop and events

Throughout Spike Island Open Studios

A collection of ideas were pulled together by AIM artists to produce AIM’s 2019 Open Studios event; which became a temporary shop, installation, exhibition, film and event space all rolled into one.

A dedicated exhibition space was created with walls, counters, shelving and a cash-register ingeniously constructed from cardboard; inspired by the work of AIM artist Chris Rose who regularly works in this medium.

Artwork covered the walls and shelves. There were film projections of artists discussing their work while Dave Pearse engaged visitors with his witty a Pun or a Poem on demand writings. Artists intermittently gave readings or read their poems. All of this took place in the colourful cardboard ‘Talking Shop’.

AIM artists included: Dave Pearse, Chris Rose, Betty Sargent Jeff Johns and Jonathan Barr Lindsay.

Check out other projects we have done in our blog!