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MEET THE YO ARTISTS: NAOMI

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It’ll be good to have everything in one space and to see what everyone else is doing – and just to meet people!

 

 

Naomi Gennery is a Bristol based graphic designer and jewellery maker. Inspired by all things colourful and Perspex, Mango Tango Jewellery was born. She uses wobbly shapes and bold colours, combined with funky patterns to create fun playful earrings, necklaces and jewellery. In her design work, she likes to use collage and hand-based print media in order to create dynamic art pieces. Naomi is also part of Gal-Dem Magazine, which is an online and print magazine that launched in 2015, where all of the content is produced by women and non-binary people of colour.

 

Earlier this year Naomi exhibited some of her work at the Paper Show exhibition and she will be attending the YO Arts Fest this November along with the Paper Arts Mentoring Club. The YO Arts Fest is specially designed and hosted by young people, for young people. The event is created with a collaboration between The Diverse Artists Network and PAPER Arts to allow young creatives to network and gain new experiences. We asked Naomi her thoughts about the festival and how the event can be helpful for other young creatives.

 

 

 

What has helped you to develop your skill or talent?

“I think what’s really helped me to develop my skill and talent is just meeting other creatives and learning about what they’re doing.  So as part of Paper Arts, as a Mentoring Club, we meet once a month and say what we’ve been up to or what we’ve been doing and think it’s just really positive having people around you.”

 

 

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

“I think it’s fun, but it is also hard because there’s just a lot of things you need to learn and a lot of things you don’t know – and it’s hard to do it on your own. But just having that support [from Paper Arts and the Mentoring Club] really helps.”

  

 

Do you think Bristol is a good environment for artists?

“Yeah definitely! I think there’s a lot of smaller and more independent things going on in Bristol. So, if you have the time to look and find people in Bristol, there’s a lot of little creative spots going on with a lot of creative things happening.”

 

 

How do you think the YO Arts Fest will benefit you and other young creatives?

“Just being able to see what’s out there- because I know Bristol has got such a good creative scene- but it would be quite nice to have everything together and be able to talk to everyone about what they’re doing. I think if it was easier to find opportunities, [it] would just make life a lot easier, that’s why the YO Arts Fest is good because it’s a place to find opportunities that are easily available.”

 


Why should people go to the YO Arts Fest?

“YO Arts Festival is going to be a creative hub for young people just for the day, and there will be people doing live art, there will be stalls, there will be organisations which you can [talk] to [so] it will be a friendly environment and it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

 

 

Finally, if you could summarise YO Arts Fest in three words, what would they be?

“Community, fun and learning.”

 

 

If you want to catch this amazing event featuring Naomi and the Mentoring Club, 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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