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Let us pay you to create: How the process of 1 Bristol Creative has changed for good.

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Let Us Pay You To Create

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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 now completed their projects and we sat down with each of them (virtually of course) to find out more about how their expectations compared with the reality of the project, what did they learn? and what have they gained from being involved?

First up was Daisy Hvnter , a Bristol based mixed media artist. She specialises in collage with a cosmic theme and uses a variety of subjects and mediums alongside some of her own digital photography.

When  I first heard of Let Us Pay You To Create

Daisy first came into contact with PAPER when she was one of our YO Arts Fest interns, since the beginning of lockdown she has been concentrating more and more on her art.
When she saw the applications for LET US PAY YOU TO CREATE were open, she told us she immediately thought “This is the perfect time for me to do something like that”

Buying new materials

Daisy told us that she tends to work digitally, and that’s purely because she just doesn’t have the money to spend on materials.
“I work better when I have the physical materials. I find I come up with more ideas when I do collage than I do when I’m working digitally.”
That’s why PAPER were excited to be able to give daisy £100 to spend on materials as part of her award, we wanted to know what she had bought with it.
She told us that the money allowed her to try materials and processes she had not had the chance to use in her work before like marbling and gold leaf.collage art let us pay you to create

What did you use your time in Let Us Pay You To Create doing?

Going into the project, Daisy planned to create three large finished pieces, but in the end, she spent the week developing her practice
“ I just wanted to be able to experiment, and just create loads of different things”
Daisy told us that she thinks this physical experimentation will 100% feed into the way she works digitally.
“ I think it’s changed my style. I’ve been doing a piece this week, and it’s completely different to how I was producing work before, and what that looks like, it feels a lot more elevated than it was before.” – We are so glad to hear it Daisy!

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Let Us Pay You To Create mentoring

We were also able to hook Daisy up with Victoria Topping, a collage artist she really admires, for a mentoring session. We asked Daisy what she had taken from speaking to Victoria.
She said “My mentoring session was really really helpful, Victoria covered so much,it was awesome. She taught me loads and loads of different techniques that she uses and I felt like I learned so much in such a short space of time.”

Time to explore

One of the things we were most excited about in running Let Us Pay You To Create was to be able to give arts dedicated time to explore, we chatted to Daisy about how she found this.
She told us that she was working more than she normally did. “It kind of gave me the opportunity to work consistently, it gave me the motivation to be working and focusing on something, I normally just do art when I feel like it, but then it’s because I want to do a particular piece it’s never usually because I want to develop my skills.”

Daisy told us that having a week dedicated purely to her art helped her learn a lot about her process:
“ It made me aware that I definitely do work better when I’m working with physical materials” she told us that It also taught her more about when she works best and how to fit that into her normal schedule.collage art let us pay you to create

What is Daisy going to take forward from Let Us Pay You To Create?

“Well, I think there’s lots of little aspects that were really beneficial wasn’t just learning new techniques, learning how to marble and stuff like that, it was about my process and where I want to take my art in the future
I worked so hard during those two weeks, it feels like I progressed. Whereas I felt like I was at the same level for quite a while, now I feel like moving forward I can really throw myself into it and I feel like I’ve really developed my personal style.”

What’s next for Daisy?

At the moment, she is working on a new commission, and is planning a new series of collage pieces.

You can see more of Daisy’s work here.

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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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