Headshot of Rob Webster from the Paper Arts Board

Rob Webster

Everyone should have access to the arts, and the opportunity to make a living from the creative industries – to work at something that they find fulfilling. That is what Paper Arts has been achieving, by providing resources, opportunities and inspiration for young creatives across Bristol, and with a focus on St Pauls in particular. This is why I became involved in 2016; First to develop and support the marketing, and more recently as a board member. Having worked in a publicly funded artspace (Arnolfini) for 6 years (as Head of Marketing) I saw the inequity, lack of opportunity and jobs for young creatives, and looked for ways to change that.

I am commited to social justice and believe in the positive power of community owned, and worker owned, social enterprises, such as CIC’s (Paper arts) and co-operatives. I have worked in St Pauls for Social Enterprise Works, to promote social businesses, and in London with the Co-op, to promote co-operative principles.

In terms of creativity, I established the gallery/shop Other Worlds are Possible in St Nick’s Market, which promotes and sells local artists original work, alongside selling cards, books, games, ephemera and alternative products, produced by everyone from School of Life, and Radical tea towel company, to Bristol Radical History pamphlets.

I am in a band called do less. We released our second track in a series of anti-hate, pro-peace releases on the solstice (21/12/20). The first track was a tribute to the brilliant fluxus artist Yoko Ono, the latest is ‘Tell the Truth’ . The track has quotes and inspiration from Greta Thunberg’s address to the UN climate Change summit held in 2019. The UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this year, it is yet another chance to change direction, to give us a brighter future.


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