Current Projects

AIM for Art School

AIM for Art School started in September 2021 and has been working with a small group of artists to explore ways and approaches to making art.

They have had opportunities to engage with professional artists and learn new skills. They have met with other artists AIM has supported, who have shared their artwork and led workshops.

The art school has been support by the Arnolfini who have provided opportunities to engage in exhibitions, and learn the different ways contemporary artists make art.

Supported by Bristol City Council


AIM Receives a WAIWAV

AIM has received this national commission from DASH and are now working in collaboration with Arnolfini to realise new project.

This exciting commission is to create performance intervention inspired by Dada.

The artists have already started researching ideas focusing on making sculptural costumes, which will be the starting point and inspiration for the performance.

The completed work will be performed on 2nd July 2022

This will also coincide with an exhibition in July 2022 by AIM artists at the Arnolfini.


March 2022 – March 2023

AIM awarded a Research and Development Fellowship from the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA). 

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.


Free Drop-in

Art In Motion celebrate the launch of their new art activity book Each to Another.

This is an opportunity to meet the artists, find out about their creative exchange and try some of art activities!

The Each to Another project and publication has been devised and led by Art in Motion in collaboration with indie press and publishing studio No Bindings.

Funded by Bristol City Council and Arts Council with support from the Arnolfini.


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.


Soul Stone

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.


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!