Get Started with Art


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Are you 16-25? Want to learn new skills?

The Princes Trust has launched the Get Started with Art programme, delivered in partnership with PAPERarts, which is aimed at young people who are 16-25 and not engaged in education, employment or training. 

Meet new people and develop your artistic talents on this week long programme where you will:

  • Gain an industry-recognised Bronze Arts Award
  •  Meet inspiring local artists to learn new skills and share ideas
  • Interactive art workshops to develop various techniques including Illustration, Stencilling,
  • and Painting
  • Create an illustrative journal throughout the week using a range of methods
  • Work as a group to prepare, brand and market your own art exhibition event for an invited
  • audience at the end of the programme
  • Travel will be reimbursed and lunch provided.
  • Receive 3 months progression support
  • In Partnership with the Princes Trust

If you are interested, come along to the Taster Day on Tuesday 16th May, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Interested young people will be invited to attend a taster day on Tuesday 16th May if they are Prince’s Trust eligible. Each young person will be made aware of timings when booked on. Once invited, each young person will be given specific details*

* Attending the Taster day does not guarantee a place on the course. The Taster day forms part of our recruitment process, allowing the young person to find out more about the course, and in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust, to decide if the course is suitable.

The programme itself runs from Monday 22nd – Friday 26th May 

Times are likely to be 10.00am-4.00pm, and will be based at Redbrick House, 6 York Court, Wilder Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8QH

If you are a young person interested in attending click here

If you know a young person that is interested in art you can refer them here


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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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