EXHIBITION: From April
21st -27th at 48Sheet,
The Mailbox, Wharfside, Birmingham
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Papergirl is a global project that aims to open the art world into the urban streets of everyday life. It is an intervention seeking to surprise people and to heartily upturn the notable predictability of day to day life.
Berlin art student Aisha Ronniger began developing the project in 2006, and through her online documentation of the project, unwittingly inspired like-minded folk from around the globe into organising a Papergirl project in their city.
Papergirl aspires to broaden the public consciousness of both local and global artists, and provide them with a wider, more liberal venue to exhibit their work.
The concept begins with an open call for art, welcoming anyone creatively minded to submit their drawings, paintings, screen prints, photographs, textiles, stickers, poems, zines… anything that can be rolled up and transported with ease.
Art is collected, exhibited, and then distributed on mass to an unsuspecting public, via an atmospheric array of honkingly exuberant and ravishingly roadworthy Brummies on bicycles.
You don’t have to be a girl to be involved in Papergirl. If a blend of bicycles and art speak to you then get in touch to be a part of Birmingham’s first Papergirl.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ❖ THE IDEA of the project is to open the art world to people who often don’t instinctively or actively seek it out; to surprise people and bring them into contact with art in their everyday life.
❖ The initial impulse for this project came about due to a tightening of a law in 2005, associating postering in public places with graffiti-spraying. The idea of distributing art by bicycle emerged during the search for new ways to bring art straight to society, and have more fun doing so than out of fear of possible punishment.
❖ The project is all-inclusive and there are no restrictions on medium, nor on participants’ age, education, gender, location or background. Both emerging and more established artists are welcome to take part. This means a diverse range of prints, stickers, posters, photographs, illustrations, zines, drawings, paintings, textiles, t-shirts, can be brought together to form a series of unique art rolls.