Art in Motion (AIM) presented Somewhere in the City in Arnolfini’s Light and Dark Studios for a week in November 2015.
Somewhere in the City was an exhibition of work made by five Bristol based artists: Betty Sargent, Chris Rose, Jeff Johns, Jonathan Barr Lindsey and Dave Pearce. Somewhere in the City was a participatory arts and heritage project that explored an over-looked, historic area of Bristol: a cluster of streets and lanes behind the Hippodrome and extending up to Red Lodge.
On 27 November, the artists of Art in Motion (AIM) led a tour of the hidden streets behind Bristol Hippodrome and some of the route of the River Frome in the city centre. Each artist shared with the group some facts and history they had discovered about the area and highlight what has inspired their work.
The artists participating in the project worked with AIM to explore this area of the city and, through research and investigation, have created works of art from their responses to the site. This work was developed at Studio 45 at Spike Island following site visits. All the artists involved in the project have some form of disability and the project gave them the opportunity to develop and evolve their own practice while contributing their unique approach and vision to the city in which they live.
The project was part of an EU funded international exchange program, Expanding Realities, in collaboration between AIM, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, GASP, Cork Ireland and Debajo del Sombrero, Madrid, Spain.
AIM is a newly emerging, not for profit participatory arts organisation, established by Bristol-based artist Colin Higginson in 2013. It provides opportunities for artists and non-artists to engage with multidisciplinary arts and explore ideas and concepts around heritage and the built environment. It has become a growing community of artists and writers with a commitment to participatory practice. Somewhere in the City involves Colin Higginson, Helen Grant, Amy Spencer and Kamina Walton.
Somewhere in the City was exhibited at Arnolfini from 24 – 29 November 2015.
To read more about Art in Motion, take a look at their blog.