PAPERGIRL BIRMINGHAM OPEN CALL: Send your art to the heart of England

PAPERGIRL BIRMINGHAM OPEN CALL: Send your art to the heart of England

Open Call

Apr. 02, 2012
Birmingham/United Kingdom
Deadline Mar. 31, 2012
Exhibition, Online Exhibition
Design, Drawing, Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Pa...
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PAPERGIRL BIRMINGHAM OPEN CALL: Send your art to the heart of England


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. 

Art is collected, exhibited, and then distributed on mass via bicycle to curious passersby populating the city streets.

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. 

The idea was inspired due to a tightening of a law in 2005 that associated postering in public places with graffiti-spraying.  When Papergirl started the core group of contributors derived from a street art background, describing themselves as ‘people that are used to giving their art away for free and understand the pleasure of it’.  Like street art, Papergirl presents an alternative way of sharing art beyond a gallery space where its reception can often be limited.  Papergirl is art on the move, live street art that is free to witness and own. 

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.


Submit your drawings, doodles, paintings, screen prints, photographs, textiles, stickers, poems, zines, anything that can be rolled up and transported with ease.


The brief for submission is completely open, anything rollable and you can send up to 15 pieces, including duplicates.

The size is down to whether it can be safely distributed by bicycle, so as the artworks are to be rolled, length isn’t a problem but width might be tricky over 100cm, ref Berlin exhibition here


If you would like your name/website or blog to accompany your artwork during the exhibition, on the roll bands, and website, please include this with your submission.  Anonymous artworks are ace too!


Submissions to be lovingly exhibited during April at the 48Sheet project space, Mailbox, Wharfside.


Deliver in person or post your contribution to ‘Papergirl BHM’:


THE FRAMERS, Studio4 Gallery, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA, United Kingdom.


THE ELECTRIC CINEMA, 47 Station Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4DY, United Kingdom.


→ Submission deadline MARCH 31ST 2012.   


As Papergirl is all-inclusive we welcome anyone to take part.  There are no restrictions on medium, nor on participants’ age, education, gender, location or background.  Both emerging, and more established artists are encouraged to submit.  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. 

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