How to Initiate

TogetherPapergirl is an open source project and we fully endorse others to start a project of their own. You will find some general principles on how the project works in our FAQ below. If you have decided you want to continue and set up a new Papergirl, you should get started by registering here!

After you have registered you will get an e-mail notification. Once your profile is manually approved, you will get a confirmation! Then you can start to set up a profile for your Papergirl project and fill the calendar section with dates, deadlines, news and more optional content. This will help prospective participants to get an overview and to get in touch with you.


How do I start?

If you want to bring a Papergirl project to live in your city, you will find a detailed manual in the backend on this website once you have registered here. You can then set up a profile and post your events along with all other running Papergirl sister-projects.

What are the main steps?

There are no mandatories, these steps are only suggestions.

You could start by setting up a webpage: website, blog, tumblr or facebook etc. Try and find people to form a team if you haven’t yet! Then you make a schedule with your team for the open call, deadline, drop-off dates, exhibition and distribution. Depending on your capacities you could add a workshop, party or other events. Try and assign tasks within the team. Once you have a location to exhibit and some other things set up you can go public. Set up a profile on this network and fill the calendar, approach your local art community e.g. with posters or postcards. You will find a detailed description of following steps in the manual section when you are logged in.

Who can initiate?

Everyone can bring a new Papergirl-project to life! Independent from age, education, gender or origin, no matter if you are an amateur or professional in the field of arts or managing cultural events. Principal is the guidelines are being obtained: participatory, analogue, uncurated, uncommercial and impulsive (you will find more to that in the next answer). It is advised to find more members and form a team where everyone has a field of function.

Are there any preconditions?

There are only 4 preconditions:

1.) There are 5 general principles: the project has to be participatory, analogue, non-curated, non-commercial and impulsive.

2.) Dates, news and results should be posted on this network page in order to keep prospective participants and other sister-projects informed.

3.) Make a link to and mention Papergirl-Berlin somewhere as the origin of the project.

4.) Use the hashtag #PapergirlWorld whenever you post something project related, so it will show up on the News Board.

What do the above mentioned principles mean?

Participative: Everyone can join the project, both by submitting art and by organizing with the team. As the project is mainly based on voluntary work and there is a lot to do you should invite and welcome new people to your team!

Analogue: The submitted artworks can not be handed in by e-mail or as digital files and are neither printed nor reproduced by the project. Each submission is created by the participant, and either send by postal service or handed in personally. Therefore we call Papergirl analog.

Non-curated: Bearing in mind the streets and street art as the origins of the project, there should not be a curator who selects or rejects submitted artworks. All artworks are being exhibited and distributed, unless they contain some sort of advertisement or offensive messages (in individual cases the concerned team has the last word).

Non-commercial: The submitted works should not be sold in the context of the project. Papergirl is not a sales exhibition and should not be misused for advertising means. But of course

Given the case the artist agrees, Papergirl can of course connect an artist with art lovers or collectors.

Impulsive: In order to keep the distribution a surprise, the route or other informations are only handed out to the group of cyclers shortly before the action takes place. If the pedestrians would be waiting for their “present” the magic of the moment would be lost! And vice versa, riding a bicycle during the distribution guarantees a fair and impulsive dispersal of the art-rolls.

Can I get any support?

If you agree with the above mentioned preconditions, we can give you 3 assistances:

1.) You can register on this page. It serves as a network for all Papergirl projects worldwide. So you can reach out and inform international participants and a broad audience. If you use #PapergirlWorld for your Papergirl related posts it will be visible on our news board.

2.) Once you are logged in you will find a more detailed manual, you can use the Papergirl logo, if you want and use a template for the banderole of the art-rolls.

3.) You can order a printed publication with a manual, insights and details from Papergirl-Berlin here.

4.) You can always contact us with further questions.

How long does it take to organize the project?

It all depends on your expectations. It is best to work in a team. Try to work by the principle: “Everyone does what he/she is best at” but divide clear responsibilities within the team. Set objectives in combination with fixed time limits. Everyone should invest the time he or she has at hand, but make clear agreements in order to avoid misunderstandings or disappointments!

It can take a year of preparation, but it can also take two months, depending on the number of events and amount of submissions and if you need additional financing.

Can Papergirl be sponsored or financed?

Of course the project can seek financial support, but it is important to be independent. It should stay non-commercial at core, meaning the art and the idea can´t be sold and the project or the distribution shouldn’t be used for advertising purposes, but rather be supported by cultural foundations or local, related branches.

How can I volunteer?

If you want to volunteer for an existing Papergirl-project instead of initiating your own you should simply get in touch with a particular project and your help will most likely be much appreciated. (As the sister-projects work autonomously, we can not foresee how it is run and organized though). The calender section will help you to get an overview.