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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Future Exhibitions

RSPB Saltholme - Summer 2018

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

This time the theme will be 'Flora and Fauna'. It will open on July 1st and be on display throughout July and August.

Although it seems quite a long way off, some people have already started work. This is Julia Cutter's vibrant and wonderfully detailed painting of insect life.

Julia Cutter - insects

Python Gallery - November 2018

Apart from 'Flora and Fauna' at Saltholme, we have an exhibition at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough at the end of the year. Following our successful 'Spirit Of Place' Exhibition back in 2011, we plan to revisit the theme with 'Spirit Of Place 2'

Heritage gallery 2019

Our proposed project, examining the Tees from Paddy's Hole to Piercebridge will no longer be the subject of a bid for Arts Council funding. The effort required proved to be out of proportion to the rewards. However, we may still use the ideas in an exhibition at the Heritage Gallery in 2019, called 'Framing The Tees.'

Julia Cutter has also been invited to mount a solo exhibition at the Heritage gallery in summer 2019 - Good luck, Julia!

Elizabeth Dennsion
Elizabeth Dennison's beautiful water colour for 'Spirit of Place' 2011

Grace and Maman Cafe Opens

Right next to our new venue at The Barn the new cafe, 'Grace and Maman,' is now open, from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Get there early and experience beautiful scones straight from the oven.

Grace and Maman Cafe exterior Garce and Maman cafe interior

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). Unfortunately, the smaller venue means that we cannot increase our membership for the time being.

Featured Artist: Lesley Guy

Les has a marked taste for the 'wacky', as the three skulls below show. The first was part of our collaborative work at our 'Not The Transporter Bridge' Exhibition at Kirkleatham Hall. The other 2 are recent updates. All are on based on those found on the gateposts at Kirkleatham Church.

Les Guy Skull1 Les Guy more Skulls

Revised Dates For 2018/2019

More to come - watch this space! We are hoping to arrange some workshops in the near future.




15th, 16th March 2018 Glasgow visit 2 days to see the sights and visit galleries
11th-18th May 2018 Barmoor residential Our annual intensive painting week
15th June 2018 Gill Place - 'The Romantic Engineer Considers' Gill's new volume of poetry to be launched at Middlesbrough Central Library
1st July through August 2018 'Flora and Fauna' Exhibition Saltholme RSPB Centre
19th-20th September Runswick Bay 2 days painting at the Fishermen's Institute
November 2018 'Spirit Of Place 2' Exhibition Python Gallery
July 2019 Julia Cutter solo exhibition Heritage Gallery
October 2019 Heritage Gallery Exhibition Possibly 'Framing the Tees' - The landscape and culture of the Tees from Paddy's Hole to Piercebridge.

New Albums

Visit our Gallery page to see several new albums of work, both by the group and by individual members. It includes work from our recent 'Freeze The Moment' Exhibition.

Right: Durham Miners' Gala by Les Southerton

New Pictures For Our Gallery

Les Southerton - Durham Miners' gala

More new pictures from members always wanted for the Gallery! No album 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 Google Photos albums.

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Site updated 31/05/2017