Official PAPER Consultants

We worked with 17 young creatives from bristol

As part of our research and development phase we worked with a group of young creatives in Bristol who have had experience receiving support in the sector, they are are PAPER consultants

The official PAPER consultants shared their experiences to help shape a new service in Bristol  we are launching soon, to help creatives aged 18-30 to establish creative careers 

meet the Official PAPER Consultants

Get to know some of the young creatives who helped shape our research and development phase.

Amber Hynam

Amber Hynam

She / Her

Amber Hynam is a photographer based in Bristol and, she primarily shoot portraits using both film and digital and experimenting with different ways of presenting images.

Chloe Ellen

Chloe Ellen

Chloe Ellen is an emerging actor and theatre maker based near Bristol. She enjoys creating work that blends drama and movement with a dash of comedy. Her creative practise is an ongoing process, but she strives to create theatre that evokes societal change and has a human-ness at its heart.

Freya Dobson

Freya Dobson

She /Her

Freya Dobson presents the Spread Love Show at Ujima Radio in Bristol.

heulwen flower

Heulwen Flower

She/ Her

Heulwen a textiles repairer and illustrator who’s work is usually informed by the climate crisis and related climate justice issues.

Imogen Downes

She / Her

Imogen Downes is a Bristolian theatre-maker and poet. She trained on Bristol Old Vic’s emerging talent scheme, Made In Bristol, and has worked closely with the theatre ever since. Her work has been showcased by Cheltenham Literature Festival, Rife Magazine and Apples and Snakes. In 2018 she was named on Rife Magazine’s 24 Under 24 list for her work in poetry. Her debut poetry collection Becoming Noah will be published by Against the Grain Poetry Press in Autumn 2021.

Laurel Molly

Laurel Molly

She / Her

Laurel Molly is a freelance illustrator and animator based in Bristol. Always curious to look into human behaviour and the world we live in and report what she observes through her art. She makes art with compassion, her personal work is an international collaboration between the artist and the subject. She tells stories through loose lines and gentle colours, carrying a powerful message of social justice.

Lucy Sheldrake

Lucy Sheldrake

She / Her

Lucy Sheldrake is a freelance print and pattern designer, living in Bristol UK.

She create patterns and artwork for clients in the worlds of fashion and interiors including John Lewis, Scion, Berska, Zara and Mango. She loves to see her prints go on to have lives of their own as products out in the world.

 

Mallika Khan

Mallika Khan

She / They

Mallika Khan is a queer Pakistani expressive artist and poet based in Bristol. They primarily work in paint to create expressive realistic paintings, whilst their poetry is an expression of societal issues.

Nick Fogarty

Nick Fogarty

He / Him

Nick is an Artist and Facilitator with a passion for using creativity as a tool for self reflection and actualization.

Parys Gardener

Parys Gardner

She / Her

Parys Gardener is a multi-award-winning contemporary digital illustrator from Bristol who’s passion derives from creating artwork which represents women of colour – particularly Black women, empowering them to feel seen and heard.

She creates memorable work which can be described as pop art with a modern edge. Her work has been commissioned for a collaborative project with Banksy and her first solo exhibition was in Amsterdam in 2018/2019. She has been commissioned by brands such as Nike, Footlocker, Facebook, BBC, gal-dem and more.

 

Patrick Welsh

Patrick Welsh

He / Him

Patrick Welsh is a freelance composer, working with people mainly to create soundtracks and collaborative music pieces.

Phoebe Stone

Phoebe Stone

She / Her

Phoebe Stone is a UK based artist, currently exploring the medium of compressed charcoal. She works on a variety of subjects, from portraits of pets and wildlife, to people. Self-taught, she hopes that her art inspires others to have the courage to start drawing.

 

Scarlett Smyth

Scarlett Smyth

She / Her

Scarlett Smyth is an artist, poet, and creative producer, she has most recntly worked as an Assistant Creative Director on a touring social action through arts project for Creative Youth Network in Bristol. She is an advocate of social change and aims to amplify and support quiet voices within the arts from disadvantaged backgrounds. She is represented by Rising Arts Agency and an alumni of BBC Arts, Channel 4 Random Acts, and the pilot scheme Creative Workforce For The Future. She is also a founding member of Bristol Culture Young Collective where she advises on inclusion and accessibility within Bristol museums.

Tatchiana Deer

Tatchiana Deer

She / Her

Tatchiana Deer is a Bristol-based artist specialising in portraits and figurative art. She is primarily a digital painter but also works in mixed media, particularly ink, watercolours and oils. 

Her work is largely influenced by her personal experiences of cultural identity and gender, juxtaposing modern subjects, patterns and palettes against more traditional painting techniques. She is especially inspired by pop culture as an unconventional avenue of creativity. Her subjects often engage the viewer head-on and she incorporates many elements from popular media, modern technology and fashion into her practice.

 

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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