Henbury, Brentry & Southmead

'Make Some Noise About Litter!' with PAPER Arts.


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‘Make Some Noise About Litter’ has seen artists working alongside local groups to get children thinking about what they throw away and how. As well as taking part in local festivals and events, PAPER Arts ran a summer school at The Ranch in Southmead, demonstrating how to provide a new artistic lease of life with upcycled materials. The artists also ran music workshops in 7 schools across the whole area using litter to make instruments. The music has been recorded and installed into 18 litter bins via movement sensors, rewarding those who use them with wonderful sounds created by local children.

PAPER Arts CIC is a thriving creative hub in Broadmead, helping young NEETS combine enterprising skills with existing artistic talents. PAPER offers a varied range of services and training opportunities aimed at supporting development through the arts.

•    Delivered 18 workshops
•    Worked in 7 schools
•    Engaged 400 local children and 200 residents

For more information email Blanca Munoz at Paper Arts, visit their websitelike Paper Arts on Facebook or call: 0117 925 8601.

It’s such a positive story about the area and such a great illustration of how art and creativity can unlock imaginative social action.












***NEWS UPDATE***  17th November

Huge thanks to all those who joined us to celebrate the completion of the Make Some Noise About Litter project. PAPER Arts treated everyone to one last recycled-instrument music workshop, and the Lord Mayor of Bristol even came along to congratulate all the project participants. With 18 musical bins now installed across Henbury, Brentry and Southmead - rewarding all those who use them with 'recycled sounds' created by local children - the project now draws to a close.
However, the spirit of change is just beginning! Schools, residents and youth groups have taken up the challenge of taking care of their nearest noisy bin, and the work of Be Proud of BS10 will continue, with young people's creativity leading the way. 
See the map below to spot your nearest musical bin!
Download the map here

***NEWS UPDATE***  6th November

Be part of the final 'Make Some Noise About Litter' celebration

Sunday 15th November 1-3pm, Henbury Centre - ALL WELCOME

After four months, in which Paper Arts have engaged with more than 400 young people in 7 schools and at lots of summer community events, they are finally ready to launch the musical bins.

This celebration event will be an opportunity to see the bins in action but for those that want to, will also inlcude one final music and arts session, to create the sounds for the final 4 bins.

As well as the workshop there will be a 'rubbish' magic show and the launch the free printed version of the bin location map.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this special event 'thank you' event with these amazing artists. Any queries contact Paper Arts -detail above.


***NEWS UPDATE***  15th October

Paper ARTS are now well into their second phase of their Make Some Noise About Litter project. This week they've been working with classes from Baddock's Wood Primary, Brentry Primary and Southmead Youth Centre to launch their 'Musical Bins Revolution'! Over the next few weeks they'll also be working with Henbury Academy, Little Mead, Blaise Primary School and Fonthill Primary School.

One of the artists, Grace, said that so far, children have "brought lots of recycling in from home, which was really great when explaining where things come from and how we can prevent waste and littering."

Some of the instruments that have been made out of litter so far include drums and a saxophone! These will all be used to create some of the music installed in bins to reward people for disposing of litter correctly. 

Check out the schools picture gallery at the bottom of the page to see their work in action, or find all the photos on Facebook here.

Don't miss them being interviewed on BCFM tomorrow at 2pm!

***NEWS UPDATE***  1st October

For the students among you, you may have seen Paper ARTS at the University of Bristol Freshers' Fair last week. They were there engaging with students, encouraging them to Make Some Noise About Litter, and getting them to picture themselves in a greener, happier Bristol. Check out the pictures in galleries at the bottom of the page to see what went on. 

***NEWS UPDATE***  27th August

"You can make things out of litter and you don't need to throw them away! I learnt that you can keep using and using litter" From just one of the workshop participants...

Tomorrow will be PAPER Arts last session and finale celebration at The Ranch. It's been a colourful summer of reusing, recycling and recreating. Have a look at the gallery at the bottom of this page to see some of the fantastic things young people have got up to.

Photo: Frances Gard

**NEWS UPDATE***  10th August

Check out the fab photos of the Southmead litter pick and Henbury funday at the bottom of the page.

***NEWS UPDATE***  28th July

Arts Volunteers NEEDED! Help transform The Ranch in Southmead with PAPER Arts.

***NEWS UPDATE***  23rd July

August has now got a whole series of workshops planned for young people in the neighbourhood at The Ranch. Check out this Creative Drop flyer and get involved in activities and events to transform the space.

***NEWS UPDATE***  20th July

Plans are now firmed up for PAPER Arts to be at the Henbury & Brentry Fun day on Saturday 15th August. Pop along and have some creative fun.

***NEWS UPDATE***  12th July

PAPER Arts had an amazing day launching 'Make Some Noise About Litter!' at the Southmead Festival on 11th July.

Sitting on the upcycled litter throne!

For more pictures see the Facebook Album on the Neighbourhood Arts Programme page















***NEWS UPDATE***  7th July

Want to find out more about the project. Check out their flyer and how to get involved.


What will a neighbourhood arts project look like for Henbury, Brentry & Southmead?

  • The project has been shaped from what we heare from individual residents, community groups and local businesses.

What’s happened so far?

We’ve been consulting people living in the neighbourhood area to find out:

  • what issues need addressing in terms of the green agenda
  • particular areas that would be great to have an arts project
  • specific community groups or members of the community an artist, maker or facilitator should work with – ie schools, unemployed or older people

How are we engaging with this area? Well, we’re…

  • talking at the neighbourhood partnership and local forum meetings
  • working closely with Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood & Community Development teams
  • meeting with community leaders, groups and individuals
  • keeping busy on social media
  • leaving flyers in community buildings
  • we've also held a public consultation meeting on Monday 9th March at Bristol Community Links North.

What are the next steps?

  • The artist/maker or facilitators brief will be publicised for 5 weeks. The commission will be for £10,000 which includes all project fees, materials & expenses, although volunteers may be provided to assist on the project. See the brief below:





“I’m a creative Bristolian and I’d like to get involved.”

Want to know more? Feel you could volunteer?

Get in touch – nap@bristol2015.co.uk

Follow the neighbourhood arts project on Facebook

Photos: Make Some Noise About Litter

Summer workshops at The Ranch

School Fun Day

Bristol Students Union - Green Capital Event for University Freshers

Schools workshops