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“Creative, for me, means a way of living”



Ade Sowemino is a young multi-disciplinary artist living in Bristol. He studied Forensic Science at the University of West England and now explores the arts through different mediums and outlets. Ade’s work is focused on people and insecurities by exploring what makes us human, from poetry to movement of the body to portraiture, illustration and insulation art.


Earlier this year Ade was part of the Mentoring Club’s ‘The PAPER Show’ and is now returning to the YO Arts Fest to perform alongside another individual to present a captivating duet. As a creative multi-disciplinary artist, we wanted to know Ade’s thoughts on the benefits of the YO Arts Fest and learn more about his fascinating creative artforms.




Could you tell us the meanings, motivations and passions behind your art?


“My art involves looking at what makes us human [and explores] things like insecurities and certain emotions like that. So, I delve into that [subject] quite a lot and try to either create installations or even illustrations around that subject. I also dance as well, so my dance would stem into storytelling as well as trying to convey emotions.

My art- I guess-, it’s the only thing that’s on my mind half the time and I’ve always been creative since I was a kid! The thing I love about art the most is being able to take an idea that isn’t on paper, it’s all in your head, it doesn’t even exist and then [being able to] materialise it. That’s what I love doing the most.”



How does it feel to be a creative individual in the arts industry?


“I’d say at first it felt hard, but because I’m with PAPER Arts I’ve just made it my objective to talk to as many people as possible, whether it’s me helping them or me actually doing something with them. I’ll say it’s starting to get better and more fulfilling!”



What does the Diverse Artists Network mean to you as a young artist in Bristol?


“It means getting your voice heard as well as being able to get projects done and meeting new people. People that you never thought [you’d] have something in common with or people that you feel that you [would] actually gel with, to create something amazing together as a collective.”




How do you think the YO Arts Fest will benefit yourself and other artists?

“I think for myself, in particular, it means I’ll get to meet more people, [as well as] added exposure. I guess it’s the opportunity as well [because] it’s a learning experience. I’ve never done it before but the more you do, the better you get- it’s like a level up, that’s what I say!’



How would you describe the YO Arts Fest? Could you summarise the event in 3 words?


‘I’d say it’s a festival brimming with young people who collectively love to create as a community and bring about new things. Hmm… exciting, new, full of life- which I know is not one word but yeah!




If you want to catch this amazing event featuring Ade and his captivating performance, check out YO Arts Fest on Thursday 15th November at Docklands Youth Centre St Paul’s Settlement, 74-80 City Rd, Bristol. The free arts event celebrates the creativity of vibrant youth, talent and community. This interactive event will include local youth talents, inspirational speakers, arts workshops, stalls, signposting, exhibitions, delicious food and arts opportunities!



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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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