Once upon a time, newspapers used to be delivered by hand by a friendly neighbourhood paperboy or papergirl, sometimes on a bicycle. In the US, the use of the bike to deliver newspapers was much more common but there was no pushing a newspaper through the letterbox there. In most cases, newspapers were rolled up and thrown onto a front porch or if the aim was great into an open letterbox.
This biking paperboy/papergirl concept is the inspiration behind an art distribution project in Cardiff that encourages people to participate in making art and making it accessible more people.
Called Papergirl Cardiff, the art project involves members of the public submitting pieces of art over a period of a couple of months. This art is then exhibited before it is then distributed to unsuspecting city centre pedestrians via an organised bicycle ride, where the cyclist distributes the rolled up art whilst on the move!
Organised by Cardiff-based ThinkArt and Cardiff Cycle Workshop, Papergirl Cardiff is currently in the final stages of planning for this year’s event, the second year it will have run.
At the moment the organisers are waiting on final submissions of art, with a date of May 11 being the deadline for submissions. Papergirl Cardiff accepts any type of artwork, including drawings, paintings, posters, photos, prints and textiles, but they must be flexible enough to be rolled up if they are sent it.
Papergirl Cardiff has also been running printmaking workshop sessions where some of the artwork that has been submitted have been turned to posters.
The resulting artwork will be displayed at The Printhaus in Canton ward of Cardiff from May 26 to June 3. The exhibition will be open on May 26 from 1pm-5pm, May 29 and 30 from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-9-m, and May 31 and June 1 from 10am-4pm.
The Papergirl ride
Registration for the Paperboy/Papergirl ride is also now open. The ride will take place on the afternoon of Monday 4th June. The route is yet to be confirmed but organisers say it will be made as family friendly as possible. You can sign up for the ride here.
Last year, more than 200 artists submitted 300 pieces of art, while 30 cyclists distributed the art work paperboy/papergirl style over the hour-long ride.
Though there are only two days to go before the submissions deadline, if you do want to submit your art at this late stage you can find out how and where to on Papergirl Cardiff’s website.