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Launch your business with our 4-day Creative Enterprise Course!

About The Creative Enterprise Course A week-long practical programme to support creative entrepreneurs. The course is designed for young creatives, from illustrators to designers, who are already confident practitioners of their chosen creative discipline, but would like to develop a portfolio and build skills to establish and grow a creative business. Delivered by practicing freelance …

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MEET THE YO ARTISTS: ADE

“Creative, for me, means a way of living”     Ade Sowemino is a young multi-disciplinary artist living in Bristol. He studied Forensic Science at the University of West England and now explores the arts through different mediums and outlets. Ade’s work is focused on people and insecurities by exploring what makes us human, from …

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MEET THE YO ARTISTS: NAOMI

      “It’ll be good to have everything in one space and to see what everyone else is doing – and just to meet people!”     Naomi Gennery is a Bristol based graphic designer and jewellery maker. Inspired by all things colourful and Perspex, Mango Tango Jewellery was born. She uses wobbly shapes …

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FREE Events Training Programme

We’re excited to announce that we’re planning a big Youth Opportunities event in collaboration with the Diverse Artists Network. As part of this, we’re offering 4 young people the opportunity to attend a free events training programme and gain work experience. This free training programme will introduce you to the essentials of effective event management. …

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Celebrating Creativity in St Pauls – Join PAPER Arts in empowering Bristol’s youth

Last year we moved to St Pauls and we couldn’t be happier to be part of a community with such extraordinary creative potential. We are calling all organisations and individuals in and around St Pauls to join us to celebrate and reflect on our journey, so we can create new connections and discover opportunities for …

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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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