The vision, the mission, and the team

About PAPER Arts

Unfold your future

we provide Long term creative business support, bespoke content delivered by experienced creatives,
and a ready made community of young creatives.

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

We help 18-30 year olds to build a network and establish a creative career by developing a community and helping you to grow in confidence.

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Future Impact

We are building a good track record in terms of monitoring, communicating, analysing and improving our social impact.

Partners and Supporters

We are grateful to our funding partners who allow the valuable work we do to reach as wider audience as possible and we are proud to be a part of the diverse and thriving Bristolian Creative Community.

Inclusive & Diverse

It's really important that these aren't just words for us, but they are values which we live and breathe. They're not our headline, but they're at our core. That's all.

PAPER Arts Values

Supporting all creatives

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 you need to accomplish your aspirations and reach your full potential, whilst providing you 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!

Meet the PAPER Arts team

A collaboration of passionate creatives and industry experts.

Lau Batty Engagement Producer for Paper Arts

Lau Batty

She/Her

Lau is our Engagement Producer, which means she works to create strong and meaningful connections between Paper Arts, our local community and our Paper Collective. She is passionate about the Arts and inclusion, having jumped between various disciplines before settling in Theatre and live performance.

project assistant for paper arts kate burgess

Kate Burgess

She/Her
Kate joined the PAPER fold as Projects Coordinator, she organises our projects, including our Creative Enterprise Course. She is passionate about a world where creativity and compassion are the core to our working lives.
When she is not at PAPER she works for Shambala Festival, and as a marketing freelancer for play CIC Woodland Tribe. She has dabbled in artist management and tour booking with the Avantgardeners Collective, which brought together her love for underground music, Bjork and nature. Since she can’t spend her time frequenting Bristol’s offering of music and arts events at the minute, you can find her making her own clothes and sussing out new walks straight from her doorstep.
Communications Manager of Paper Arts Katy Welsh

Katy Welsh

She/Her

Katy Welsh is our communications manager. She first came into contact with Paper Arts when she attended our Creative Enterprise Course in 2020, and is excited to be communicating our message to the widest audience she can.

She has worked in the creative industry for half a decade, with a background in illustration she loves to engage with people and tell stories through design.

PAPER Arts board

The PAPER Arts board is made up of people with strong links to Stokes Croft and heaps of experience working within the industry, we value their support and guidance.

Trish Brown Paper Board Member

Trish Brown

She/ Her

Trish is currently Operations Director at the music venue, St George’s Bristol. Her previous roles have been across a range of UK organisations and festivals, producing live music events and national touring work. She is passionate about supporting young creatives to become part of the thriving Bristol culture and arts scene, and has worked with Bath Spa University, Babbasa, Help Musicians UK and Saffron Records as a mentor.

In her spare time she plays rugby for Bath Ladies and enjoys cold water swimming.

Kristen Cree

Kirsten Cree

She/ Her

Kirsten is an experienced fundraiser, with a passion for the arts. Working in the cultural sector for the last seven years, Kirsten has covered roles from administration, volunteer management, HR, communications, fundraising and development. She has worked for Arnolfini, Tobacco Factory Theatres and now is leading a £2.4mil capital campaign for Leeds-based MAP Charity. Kirsten’s other voluntary roles include the Chair of the Bristol Fundraising Group, Co-Chair of the CSN 2021 Conference Committee and Mentoring Lead for the CIOF South West Committee.

Headshot of Rob Webster from the Paper Arts Board

Rob Webster

He/ Him

Rob has worked in publicly funded artspace, Arnolfini,  for 6 years as Head of Marketing. In that time he has seen the inequity, lack of opportunity and jobs for young creatives, and looked for ways to change that.

He is committed to social justice and believes in the positive power of community owned, and worker owned, social enterprises, such as CIC’s and co-operatives. He has worked in St Pauls for Social Enterprise Works, to promote social businesses, and in London with the Co-op, to promote co-operative principles.

He established the gallery/shop Other Worlds are Possible in St Nick’s Market, which promotes and sells local artists original work, alongside selling cards, books, games, ephemera and alternative products, produced by everyone from School of Life, and Radical tea towel company, to Bristol Radical History pamphlets.

He is also in a band called do less. Who released their second track in a series of anti-hate, pro-peace releases on the solstice. The first track was a tribute to the brilliant fluxus artist Yoko Ono, the latest is ‘Tell the Truth’.

Becka Whiteley Paper Arts Board

Becka Whiteley

She/Her

Becka heads up all things comms and media for Kambe Events Ltd – the events company behind Shambala Festival. She holds a seat on the Kambe Events Board, alongside her board position at Paper Arts. As well as live music and creative event production, Becka is passionate about all things sustainable – before moving into the festival industry, she specialised in marketing for environmental organisations, from community farms to green energy initiatives. She’s also a published illustrator and is keen to use her experience to help Bristol’s young creatives get a foot in the door of the creative industries.

Oneil Ashley Chair of Paper Arts Board

O’neil Ashley

He/Him

O’Neil is an entrepreneurial mind working alongside multiple businesses, and a vast network that consists of general construction to community initiatives.

O’neil has been fortunate to be a part of multi generational family raised & residing in the St Pauls area & surroundings since the 1960’s.  With this as his backbone he continues the drive to catapult his community further, alongside additional input/experience being on the board of similar enterprises.
O’neil has found that this lends well to the implementation of a diverse foundation needed to continue the great work done of yester years.
Before leaping into business development, Oneil has over a decades worth of experience in Social Services, and not to forget his true love of creating music alongside other creative mediums.
O’neils passion is unquestioned in regards to providing the right tools to help creatives succeed in what they love doing, but most importantly in a sustainable way
Charley Evans Paper Arts Board

Charly Evans

She/Her

Charly is a qualified creative arts teacher with over 10 years experience working with 16+ age groups.   Her previous roles in education have ranged from teaching to welfare and her current role is E-learning Manager for a local 6th form provider. In addition to being part of the Paper Arts board members, Charly is also an active Governor for her college.

Having worked on a range of Bristol community and creative arts initiatives, Charly hopes to support PaperArts in delivering programme with a digital presence.

Outside of her main job, Charly is a practicing textile artist specialising in applique and embroidery through her small independent project Black Olive Design.

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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