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

'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

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).

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 striking 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

Framing The Tees

We are still in the process of planning our 'Framing The Tees' project, in which we we hope to examine the landscape, heritage and culture of the Tees from Paddy's Hole to Piercebridge. However, for the moment we have put this on the back burner until we have more free time to devote to the task.

Featured Artist: Rob Blenkarn

Our new exhibition includes pictures of steam railways by several artists. Here are two by Rob Blenkarn: the first is 'Blue Streak', a representation in acrylic of an A4 class loco at York Station, inspired by a David Weston painting; the second, executed in water colour with pastel, features 'Britannia' approaching Ais Gill summit on the Settle and Carlisle railway.

Blue Streak by Rob Blenkarn Britannia nr Aisgill by Robert Blenkarn

Revised Dates For 2017 and Beyond




May - Dec 31st, 2017 Middlesbrough and Japan Exhibition, Dorman Museum aim4art have been invited to submit a collaborative work for inclusion in the exhibition.
10am, Nov 8th, 2017 AGM 2017 With any luck in our new room at The Barn, but otherwise at Hemlington Recreation Centre.

Dec 4th - 2017 - Jan 12th 2018 (Closed 25th-29th Dec inc)

Dec 9th, 1pm - 3pm

'Freeze The Moment' Exhibition, Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet

Exhibition Lauch Event

Details of work entered to be submitted to Lesley Guy by Tues 21st September.

Hanging day is Monday 4th December

11am, Wed, 1st Nov 2017 Preston Park Visit Ghost Ships installation and print exhibition
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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