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What is Papergirl?

Papergirl: A Redefinition of Street Art Combining Art, Philanthropy & Bikes

Whether you remember it from your childhood or have simply seen it in the movies, there is a certain charm about the American paperboy delivering the daily news by bicycle. Vancouver, is about to experience that nostalgic charm once again-Papergirls is back!

The idea behind the Papergirls project is to bring art and the public together in an exciting and innovative way by taking it out of the galleries and into the streets. In the style of the American paperboy, artwork that has been donated by local and global artist will be distributed by volunteers on bicycles into the hands of random everyday people.

This amazing global  art movement began five years ago in Berlin and has since grown worldwide to locations that include Glasgow, Istanbul, Moldova, Romania, New York, San Francisco, Portland and Kelowna. Papergirls made its Vancouver debut in 2011 and we are excited to be bringing it to our beautiful city for a second year!

Papergirl is an inclusive, non-commercial art project that welcomes artists of all ages and abilities to participate by donating their work to Papergirls. Artwork received by July 18th, 2012 will become part of a week-long exhibition to be held at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre July 22nd-27th, 2012. On the final day of the exhibition, the artwork will be taken down and bundle into rolls, to be distributed by a team of volunteer cyclists, to completely unsuspecting strangers! The generosity of our donor artists and the hard work and dedication of our volunteers makes the Art of Giving Art possible. The best part about it is that anyone can be a Papergirl; male, female, amature, budding, hobbyist, doodler, professional artists are all welcome! We hope to see your work this year!

Here's a taste of what Papergirl Vancouver looked like last year:




We'd also like to share some videos of Papergirl projects from around the world. We hope these videos inspire you! Together, we can make the Vancouver Papergirl 2012 equally amazing!

Here is a video of how our friends from Portland, did their version of Papergirl:


Papergirl Portland from abraham ingle on Vimeo.

In 2009, Abraham Ingle brought Berlin's Papergirl Project to Portland. Over 200 pieces of original 2D art were displayed in a gallery, then rolled up, and distributed via bicycle to randomly selected people on the streets of Portland.

This video is from the fourth Papergirl in Berlin. They really show us how it's done:


Papergirl No.4 - 379 Rolls (full of art) from Papergirl on Vimeo.

A video from across the pond in Manchester:


Papergirl Manchester from Tahra O'Regan on Vimeo.

This one is from Romania, Papergirl in Bucharest:


Papergirl in Bucharest from Ariel Constantinof on Vimeo.

So now that you can see how it has been done before, why not join us and help make Papergirl Vancouver 2012 the most amazing Papergirl yet!