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Lockdown: 4 creative activities for these strange times

Katy

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2020 was gonna be your year. You’d finally joined a new gym, bagged tickets to a summer festival, and had a course/new job/holiday lined up. Then coronavirus hit.

Lockdown has made things pretty weird. Nothing is normal, vibes are at an all-time low. Friends and family feel far away, and watching the news is a minefield. Self-isolation is a never-ending spiral of pyjamas, Netflix, and social media scrolling. And all you wanna do is check out of the situation. 

You can’t control what’s happening in the wider world, but you can control how you react. Maybe now’s the time to stop, to list the small, positive things to hold onto. 

We put together a little list of good things, for good feelings, happening online. Take inspiration, share with others, or don’t take anything from it at all! 

We hope you find something here, though, even if it inspires just a little creativity.

 

1. Lockdown art time

Here’s a little round up of some of the best online museums and galleries who have opened their virtual doors to us all:

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/rijksmuseum

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris

https://www.uffizi.it/en

 

 

2. Front row seats from your sofa

The Guardian has a list of dance and theatre being streamed online, updated everyday:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/mar/17/hottest-front-room-seats-the-best-theatre-and-dance-to-watch-online

 

 

3. It’s time for Tik Tok

Creative Bloq has put together a great article on Tik Tok and why, as a creative, you can get a lot from it:

https://www.creativebloq.com/features/tiktok-app

 

 

 

 

 

4. Your home is a canvas

Pejac, a Spanish painter specialising in outdoor murals, is leading a #stayarthomepejac campaign, encouraging creatives to emulate his style on their own walls and windows.

His work is beautiful, and the videos on his site are inspiring. Check out his Instagram page and his Stories for inspiration. Pejac reposts work from others, so make sure you share your own recreations.

https://www.pejac.es/#stayarthome

 

 

 

Found anything else to keep you busy or inspired online? Let us know – we’d love to keep sharing ideas.

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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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