aim4art is a voluntary community arts group, formed in 2009, dedicated to pushing our personal artistic boundaries. We aim to paint, aim to draw, aim to create art. We meet every Tuesday (10am-4pm) at The Barn, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, TS8 9DA. We have no regular tutor, but support each other and organise a programme of visits and workshops.

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Freeze The Moment - Final Week!

'Freeze The Moment' is the title for our new exhibition, based on the subject of movement. Please come and see it. All welcome to the preview!

Freeze the Moment Poster


Tokyo To The Tees Exhibition

This has also completed its run at The Dorman Museum. It featured Les Southerton's and Julie Macbean's striking entrance portal, and aim4art's splendid Japanese Screen, infilled with canvasses inspired by Christopher Dresser and his voyage to Japan.

Being part of a significant exhibition was an interesting and rewarding experience for the group. This is the second time we have been involved in a major project, following our participation in MIMA's 'Localism' Exhibition in 2016, and we hope to be involved with similar events in the future.


tokyo to tees poster
Tokyo to tees portal Tokyo to tees screen

RSPB Saltholme - Spring 2018

In 2018, we have once again been invited to submit work for a spring exhibition at Saltholme, after members took part in the 'Big Draw' event lat autumn.

Here's a reminder of last year's exhibition: Julia Cutter's impressionistic studies of avocets, patrolling the Saltholme marshes with the characteristic backdrop of the chemical industry.

Avocets, Saltholme - Julia Cutter

Avocets 2 - Julia cutter

New Venue At The Barn

We have now moved into our new room at The Barn. It's a bit smaller than before but well equipped, freshly decorated and with a modern heating system. It will take us a little while to settle in and find the best way to arrange tables and storage. Meanwhile the builders are still working on the finishing touches, before moving on to completion of the cafe which will open next door.

The Barn The Barn new room 2

Management of our venue at The Barn is now in the hands of Tees Valley Community Asset Preservation Trust, who are responsible for our new accommodation. The revised arrangements have meant a rise in rent. As a result we decided at our last AGM to keep our annual membership fee at £30, but increase our subs to £4 a week (out first increase since we started in 2009).

Featured Artist: Les Southerton

Les is a man of many (well, at least two) parts. Our 'Freeze the Moment Exhibition' included a wide selection of his ceramics, as well as his acrylic paintings, adding variety and interest, and looking impressive ranged along the window sills. His painting of Durham Miners' Gala, represents a recurrent theme in the exhibition of people in procession.


Les Southerton Ceramics

Les Southerton Durham Miners' gala

Revised Dates For 2018

More to come - watch this space!




2018 Helen Gorrill talk and workshop Details to be confirmed - postponed owing to rebuilding at The Barn
2017/2018 Framing The Tees Project We hope to make a bid for Arts Council Funding to support 3 years of work, including workshops, visits and exhibitions examining the landscape and culture of the Tees from Paddy's Hole to Piercebridge

New Pictures For Our Gallery

More new pictures from members always wanted for the Gallery! No gallery yet? See Rob. Bring your pictures in on a Tuesday and we'll photograph them for the website. We can also set up one of our new Google Photos albums.

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