Proudly based in St Pauls, Bristol

Unfold your future.

We help 18-30 year olds build a network and establish a creative career.

Creativity shapes our world

Industry knowledge, mentoring and creative expertise

Hello, we’re PAPER Arts and we believe that creativity shapes the world around us! 

We aim to empower young people like you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to establish a career in the creative sector, whether that’s landing your dream job or becoming self-employed

Need help networking as a creative?

Check out our latest blog post for our top tips.

Inclusivity for the arts

We believe in every artist

We invest in your future because we want the creative sector to flourish.

We want to see diverse voices having a chance to be heard and thats why we work with people from all backgrounds.

We want to live in a world where creativity is valued, so that everyone can lead a meaningful life.

LONG TERM CREATIVE BUSINESS SUPPORT

Our membership programme provides specialised content tailored to the needs of our community.

Creative Enterprise Course

A week-long practical programme to support creative entrepreneurs.

Online resources

Access bespoke content delivered by experienced creatives, any time, anywhere.

Unfold your future

build a network and establish a creative career

PAPER is dedicated to making you feel seen. We work with individuals from all creative backgrounds, focusing on the soft skills you need to build your career and linking you up with creatives who understand your journey.

Listening to creatives

Every thing we do is led by what our community tells us they need. 

Read what some of our alumni and partners have to say

Michelle Curtis
“Paper Arts have successfully positioned themselves in a niche market. They provide emerging creatives with a network of professionals within the creative industry that are able to provide insight, knowledge and support, specific to the creative industry.”
PAPER Collective Facilitator
Charly Evans
“PAPER Arts mission is to break down some of the barriers young people face on their journey to working within the creative arts industry. The organisation provides an opportunity for creatives to develop the professional skills they need to promote their talents.”
Board Member

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The Paper Arts Blog

Check back every month to see what we are discussing on the blog. Here we tackle the issues that creative at all stages of their careers suffer with the most, from knowing what to charge to finding clients.

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Time for change? 6 easy steps you can take now to steer your career

1 September 2021
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8 great steps to building an audience on instagram

1 August 2021
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Networking: 10 steps to making great connections as a creative

1 July 2021
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Pride Month : How 1 amazing drag performer used her art to overcome her anxiety

21 June 2021

Sponsorship, Partners & Funders

Support UK creatives

Join our mission and become a PAPER Arts Partner. With your support, we can help even more creatives from across the UK build their career or grow their own business. 

Donations, sponsorship, volunteering and skill shares are essential to PAPER Arts, and we’d love to welcome you to our family.

Just some of our partner organisations

The future of paper arts

A Statement from the Board of Directors

 

Like many organisations, PAPER Arts has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In 2020, on appointment of a highly skilled CEO, we made the bold decision to review our business model and begin a process of research and development in order to shape a new service and to better support creatives in Bristol with professional development, networking and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Throughout the pandemic we have proudly supported creatives in Bristol, with a focus on young people from St Pauls, our Creative Employment programme hosted over 20 sessions and we welcomed 17 young people to feed into our research and development proposal. 

However, the last 18 months have been a huge challenge, while we’ve been able to successfully deliver a plethora of projects since our inception seven years ago, we have been unable to secure the funding necessary to realise our ambitious plans for the future and to provide our organisation with much needed financial stability.

As a result, it is with a heavy heart that the current PAPER Arts team, made up of Grace, Kate, Katy, Lau and Amie will no longer be able to continue in their roles. Our small team has delivered a substantial amount of value to the community we serve and the Board of Directors are endlessly grateful for the skills and professionalism they bring with them each and every day. We are proud to know and work alongside such talented individuals and believe that the arts sector is a better place with them in it. 

The ideas generated by this team are inspiring and hopeful and the Board of Directors wholeheartedly believe in the importance of supporting the creative community in Bristol.

As September ends and the seasons change PAPER Arts will be going into hibernation in order to survive this adversity. Our voluntary Board of Directors will spend the coming months considering the future of PAPER Arts, the role we can play in the arts sector in Bristol and how we can sustainably move forwards. We don’t know what that will look like yet, but as soon as we are able to share more with you we will. 

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to speak to someone about the future of PAPER Arts please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected] – Kirsten Cree, one of the Board of Directors will be monitoring this inbox. 

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