A world where creativity is valued, so that everyone can lead a meaningful life.
To provide industry knowledge, mentoring, creative enterprise training to empower young people to explore a career in the creative sector.
We believe that creativity shapes the world around us! Our mission is to empower young people to develop the personal and professional skills needed to start a career in the creative sector, whether that’s landing their dream job or becoming self-employed.
Since 2014, we’ve been providing industry knowledge, mentoring and creative enterprise training for young people; from workshops, courses, internships and work experience programmes. Our method is to focus on the individual, working out what they need to accomplish their aspirations and reach their full potential, whilst providing them with the right opportunities at the right time.
Do you have a creative idea that you want to take further? Do you want to gain experience in the creative industry? Or are you interested in becoming self-employed, but not sure where to start?
Then get in touch and find out how we can help today!
Our team is made up of young and dedicated creatives just like you!
Read the profiles to find out more about our background in the creativity and why we love working at PAPER!
After founding PAPER back in 2012, I am proud to have developed an organisation that provides a number of support services to help people to make an income from their talents. My aim has al-ways been to provide a platform for creatives, supporting others to discover the satisfaction of living from doing what they love.
My role as Managing Director allows me to drive the business forward, build partnerships and new relationships across the city, as well as lead a team of young creatives to get new projects off the ground.
As everybody else who works here, I am a creative in my own right; I paint, draw and have a new found passion for metalwork. It’s important for me to make time for my own creative practice, to practice what I preach.Contact Simone
My role at PAPER Arts is to coordinate the workshops, courses and events we run, giving young creatives the opportunity to explore their talents and learn the enterprise skills needed to have a career in the industry. I have been a graphic designer and illustrator for the past 5 years, with a focus on social engagement and I hope to share some of my knowledge and experience with those just starting out.
What drew me to working at PAPER was the vision that creativity should be valued by all in society and that all young people should have the opportunity to fulfil their creative talents. My aim is to continue the creative community vibe we have in the building, whilst engaging more and more people in the arts.Contact Grace
In order to deliver an effective and consistent range of services, we document the impact PAPER has through participant feedback and programme monitoring forms. We take on board comments from those that take part in our workshops, courses and events to develop what we offer and improve PAPER as a whole.
We continue to grow our city wide reach by collaborating on training programmes in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, Knowle West Media Centre and Bristol City Council amongst others.
We are extremely proud of the impact we have made on our community, which you can see for yourselves below through our yearly infographics.
We are building a good track record in terms of monitoring, communicating, analysing and improving our social impact. It is an important area for us, ensuring:
Underpinning our approach to social impact are principles of:
Through 2015 and 2016 we have monitored and evaluated all of our courses and provision using a range of quantitative and qualitative tools, techniques and questionnaires. As a result we have:
What we have learnt from this is that our courses, events and workshops have helped develop young people’s confidence, offered them a chance to explore a creative career and taught them to build networks and attend more events in the industry. As a result of our findings we have adapted the opportunities we provide to meet the needs of those we are working to support and empower. Going forward we will continue to focus specifically on providing employment routes and enterprise training to ensure everyone has the ability to lead a meaningful life.
In 2016 we also worked with Resonance to develop our own Transformational Index or theory of change – allowing us to be clearer about the particular difference we are seeking to make in the world and the ways we are choosing to make this difference.
Then later in 2016, in order to build on this foundation, we secured some investment from Esmee Fairbairn to allow us to develop our own social impact framework. Through the latter part of 2016 we have therefore been working with consultants from the Transformational Index (building bespoke tools) and the Real Ideas Organisation (as a critical social enterprise friend to us on this journey and helping around implementation). We will be rolling out this bespoke social impact framework in April 2017 and tracking against it from then on, in line with our financial year and reporting cycle.
Watch this space!