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

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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 know that PAPER has received a grant of over £20000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including PAPER Arts in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced last week.

The award from the Cultural Recovery Fund will allow us…

to research and develop a brand new, one of a kind membership in Bristol due to launch in September this year. 
This programme will help to retain creatives in the industry who may once have dropped out due to lack of support, future proofing an industry that currently employs over 2 million in the UK and was projected to create an additional 1 million jobs by 2030 before the pandemic (according to research by the Creative Industries Federation).

We will use the funding to…

run three sets of creative workshops with a diverse group of 20 young creatives who have been on creative programmes in Bristol, contracting them to act as consultants for their new business model, and paying them for their time. 
The first set of workshops will be focused on inspiration, then ideation and then implementation, resulting in a research report that will shape the support PAPER Arts offer to its community members in the future.

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded

to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The second round of awards made will help organisations…

to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Katy Welsh, Communications Manager at PAPER said:

“Since first coming into contact with PAPER Arts as a young illustrator on one of the creative enterprise courses, I have recognised the invaluable work the organisation do to equip young creatives with the skills they need to establish careers on their own terms. I am proud that we will will be able to continue this work with the financial aid of the Cultural Recovery Fund and better understand how we can support the needs of our community in a post pandemic landscape.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot

which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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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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