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


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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 artists, it will teach you enterprise skills, whilst developing your creative network. You will have the chance to get to grips with essential marketing, finance and management skills, as well the popular Business Model Canvas technique. This ensures that you are able to manage the logistical and administrative aspects of your creative enterprise.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be your own boss, our Creative Enterprise Course is the perfect way to learn the essential business skills required to thrive in either freelance or traditional employment.


Ages: 16 – 25
Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 1st February 2019
Interviews to discuss your application and work: Thursday 7th February 2019
Location: Redbrick House, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8QH

The course will cover the following areas:

• Business Model Canvas
• Values and Creative Identity
• SWOT and USP
• Marketing / Branding
• Tax / HMRC etc
• Pricing and Budgeting
• What to do when it all goes wrong
• Building strong relationships and finding more work
• Goal setting
• Professional mentoring
• Peer to peer learning and a chance to meet other young creatives
• Help in setting up as a freelance practitioner
• Professional business support

What we are looking for

We are looking for really committed, confident practitioners, who have a clear idea of where they want to take their creative business, but aren’t sure how to get there. You must be passionate and driven to make your creative work a success. We are looking for people to use this opportunity to make their ambitions a reality, in a fun and supportive environment.

How to apply

Applications must be sent to [email protected] or completed online by 5pm Friday 1st February 2019


Deadline for applications:  Friday 1st Feb 2019
Interviews to discuss your application and work: Thursday 7th February 2019
Course dates: Monday 18th – Thurs 21st Feb 2019
In order to be eligible, you need to be available for the interview date and the full length of the course. The interview day and Creative Enterprise Course will run between 10am – 4pm.

Where will The Creative Enterprise Course take place?

The Creative Enterprise Course will run from Monday 18th – Thursday 21st Feb 2019 10am – 4pm, on the ground floor of our coworking space – Redbrick House, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8QH.

Contact information

To find out more contact us on 07446 646 541 or email [email protected]

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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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