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networking

Networking: 10 steps to making great connections as a creative

This month on the blog we are talking all things networking with the most well connected guy we know, Tom BD, He is currently the founder/Director of Possibility for Screenology (the UK’s fastest growing film school) and is thrilled to be a co-founder of Make Happen Institute an organisation dedicated to the flourishing of creatives. …

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Pride Month

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

It’s Pride Month, and as a proud LGBTQ+ led organisation, PAPER Arts is very excited to be able to bring you a month of curated queer content, profiling some amazing work coming out of Bristol, by queer artists and members of the community. We spoke to Sid Vian artist and drag performer better known by …

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Pride Month

Pride Month: How 1 Bristol Creative Used Art to Find Self Acceptance

It’s Pride Month, and as a proud LGBTQ+ led organisation, PAPER Arts is very excited to be able to bring you a month of curated queer content, profiling some amazing work coming out of Bristol, by queer artists and members of the community. We spoke to Brook Tate a Bristol based Artist whose practice spans …

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Pride Month

Pride Month: 1 Bristol Events Organiser Discusses Finding Your Niche

It’s Pride Month, and as a proud LGBTQ+ led organisation, PAPER Arts is very excited to be able to bring you a month of curated queer content, profiling some amazing work coming out of Bristol, by queer artists and members of the community.We spoke to Clare, the founder of queer drag events company Wig In …

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Pride Month

Pride Month: How 1 Activist Has Created Queer Community In Bristol

It’s Pride Month, and as a proud LGBTQ+ led organisation, PAPER Arts is very excited to be able to bring you a month of curated queer content, profiling some amazing work coming out of Bristol, by queer artists and members of the community. We spoke to Sharifa Whitney- James, best known for founding the QTIPOC …

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Let Us Pay You To Create

Let Us Pay You To Create : How 1 Bristol creative discovered her own style.

At the beginning of the year, we launched our new scheme LET US PAY YOU TO CREATE, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and Resonance, We were able to pay four Bristol based creatives to make their creative practice their full time gig for a week in February. All four of our creatives have …

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business model

5 steps to create a banging business model for your creative business and start making money

This month we turned the blog over to our fabulous CEO Grace Sodzi to talk all things business model, what are they, why do you need one as a creative and how can you use yours to start making money? What is a business model? A business model is basically a birds eye view of …

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culture recovery fund

Culture Recovery Fund :PAPER Arts to receive over £20000 of new funding

PAPER Arts among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This award will allow PAPER Arts to research and develop a new membership scheme that will help young creatives in the city to establish their careers. We are so excited to let you …

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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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