Current Projects

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 will help 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.

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!