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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Changes At The Barn - Update

Owing to the complete reorganisation and refurbishment of The Barn, which is now well on the way to completion, we have been temporarily moved to a well-equipped room in Hemlington Recreation Centre, Cass House Road, Hemlington, TS8 9QW. This should only be for a few weeks until the new community space is finished and ready to occupy.

Management of our venue at The Barn has now passed from Middlesbrough Council to Tees Valley Community Asset Preservation Trust. The plan is to turn our existing rooms into a nursery, and to create a brand new and higher grade community facility and cafe from the remaining building.

The new arrangements will mean a rise in rent. As a result we decided at our 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).

Future Projects

'Freeze The Moment' is the working title for our next exhibition, based on the subject of movement. This will be at the Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet in November and December 2017.

We are still in the process of planning our 'Framing The Tees' project, which we now hope will start next year. We are applying for Arts Council funding to help us with this ambitious three-year plan, involving workshops, visits and exhibitions. Following meetings with Chris Corbett of Rediscovering The Tees, we hope to examine the landscape, heritage and culture of the Tees from Paddy's Hole to Piercebridge.


Staithes 1 - Kate Geelan

Tokyo To The Tees Exhibition

The Tokyo To The Tees Exhibition at The Dorman Museum is now running until December 31st, 2017. It features Les Southerton's and Julie Macbean's splendid entrance portal, depicting Japan on one side and the Tees on the other. Go through the portal and you come to our splendid Japanese Screen, infilled with canvasses inspired by Christopher Dresser and his voyage to Japan, created by most members of the group. Thanks to Tim Place who constructed the frame and also contributed a canvas.

The main part of the exhibition is itself fascinating, with displays relating to Christopher Dresser's Japanese voyage, put into the context of the wider interest in Japanese art and design. Another display relates to the community of Japanese sailors who made their home in Middlesbrough in the early 20th Century. The exhibition also features work by students of Cleveland College Of Art And Design.


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

Featured Artist: Kate geelan

Kate spent part of her childhood in Staithes and still goes back on a regular basis. Many of her artworks feature views of Staithes. Here (and above) she explores one particular view of the village. You can see more of Kate's work on the aim4art Facebook page.

Staithes2 - Kate Geelan Staithes3 - Kate Geelan

Coming up In 2017




March 2017 Amsterdam visit Reichs and van gogh Museums, Rembrandt's house
April 1st 2017,
until end of May
aim4art 'Inspired By Saltholme' Exhibition, RSPB Saltholme Featuring work produced on, developed from or inspired by the 'Big Draw: Wild About Art' weekend events in autumn 2016
May - Dec 31st, 2017 Middlesbrough and Japan Exhibition, Dorman Museum aim4art have been invited to submit a collaborative work for inclusion in the exhibition.
Autumn 2017 Helen Gorrill talk and workshop Details to be confirmed - postponed owing to rebuilding at The Barn
Nov-Dec 2017 'Freeze The Moment' Exhibition at the Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet Details to be confirmed
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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Site updated 31/05/2017