A public art festival coming to Manchester in 2021



A unique art experience coming to Manchester in 2021.

We’ll be celebrating paper-based contemporary art in an exhibition across two main venues: the Manchester Central Library and Nexus Art Cafe. 

Collage, cut-outs, painting, print and interdisciplinary art will make up the varied collection on display made by a range of brilliant UK-based artists. You can get involved in interactive artwork and installation, and take part a series of creative events during the festival.

Expect an immersive and playful experience that can be enjoyed at any age.




Thursday 7th January - Saturday 27th March 2021

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD


Friday 15th January - Monday 15th February 2021

2 Dale St, Manchester M1 1JW

Opening evening and further events to be announced at a later date.



Showcase your artwork at the Manchester Central Library and the Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester.

Get involved in this unique public-facing exhibition at reputable creative venues in Manchester city centre.

Paper Festival is open to all British-based artists who use paper as part of their practice. The festival will be immersive, bold, colourful and playful to be enjoyed by adults and families. It will include a range of work from collage to sculpture to prints and paintings.



I’m looking for artwork that is bold, playful and defies expectations. It can be any medium or combination of mediums, including collage, print, painting, sculpture and interdisciplinary art, as long as paper is a key feature of your piece(s).

I’m particularly interested in featuring artwork that is interactive, immersive, really big or really small, or a series.


Any artist who is based in the UK and can deliver artwork to Greater Manchester by 31st August can take part. 

Artwork will be selected based on quality and how much it meets the criteria (to the left).

It is free to apply and artists will only need to cover postage costs to and from the venue if their work is chosen.


Fill in the application form that you can download here and email it to Paper Festival.

Deadline for applications: 30th June

Deadline for artwork: 31st August

There will also the opportunity to take part in public-facing events in the exhibition space. If you’re interested, send me an email with your proposal and we can have a chat.



Artists can receive professional marketing and PR support throughout the exhibition for a small fee. This includes priority in our promotional activities, including social media, website, any news articles published, and an opportunity to be part of the artist panel in the opening night. 

(You will be able to opt in for this when filling in the application form.)


Please note that artists who take part will be responsible for framing or presenting their work ready for display.

You will be responsible for getting your artwork to Paper Festival by 31st August 2020, including any postage costs of your own artwork to and from the exhibition. This is a free opportunity and you can sell your artwork during the festival.



Paper Festival is currently looking for commercial sponsorship for the exciting public-facing exhibition in Manchester Central Library and Nexus Art Cafe.

Being a sponsor means your branding will be featured on all marketing materials and at the festival itself. Sponsorship will cover installation costs, equipment, and event delivery including food and drink at the opening night.

If you would like to enquire about sponsorship, please email to arrange a chat.



Hello from Paper Festival HQ

I'm Karis Lambert, the curator and organiser of Paper Festival.

You'll be able to view my new collection of work at the exhibition in Manchester Central Library. This will be alongside many other fantastic paper-based artworks that I've hand-picked for the festival!

I have made Greater Manchester my home during the past three years and have fallen in love with the inclusive creative energy of the city and surrounding towns. Paper Festival is my way of collecting artwork I love and displaying them for other people to enjoy. I also want to help artists like myself gain more publicity and opportunities to promote and sell their work.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about sponsorship, artist applications or press enquiries.

Otherwise, I wish you a warm welcome to Paper Festival and hope you enjoy it! 



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