Papergirl Brisbane 2012: The Art of Giving from Telling Life on Vimeo.


1. Collect artwork and writing.

2. Exhibit all the submitted pieces of work.

3. Deliver all the work to random people via bicycle.

4. Visit


Papergirl Brisbane is a community project where art and writing is collected from creative people, exhibited in a gallery, rolled up, and then distributed by bicycle to the random passers-by in Brisbane’s CBD. Papergirl is an inclusive, non-commercial art project that brings people together in celebration of art and community in an unconventional way: through the spirit of altruism.

In this annual project, artists of all ages and abilities are invited to donate their work to a non-juried exhibition. Afterward, the artwork is rolled into bundles and is distributed by a team of cyclists (in the style of the American paperboy) to anyone they meet along specific bike routes around Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City, South Bank and West End.

Anyone who wishes to be involved is invited to participate and submit work, regardless of age, education, profession, gender, or location. Artworks accepted include drawings, photographs, text, pictures, stickers, posters - anything creative and considered that can be rolled and distributed by bicycle. Writers, poets, and lyricists are invited to get involved in the project. You can submit your work to us through post, email or at our drop-off locations.

We view this simple act as a significant performance, where the individual artworks become part of a larger community-engaged project. The gifting of art takes Papergirl participants and strangers outside of their everyday experience of the traditional market economy that identifies art consumers by socio-economic class and education. When an artist gives their work as a gift, they build a relationship with the recipient and with others affected by their creativity and this act of kindness. Papergirl brings art back to its identity as true creativity: a ‘pure gift’ that builds community through sharing.


The Papergirl project was founded in Berlin by Aisha Ronniger, inspired due to a tightening of a law in 2005 that associated postering in public places with graffiti-spraying. As a result of various creative and enthusiastic forms of online documentation, the idea has inspired others from around the globe into organising a Papergirl project in their city. Presently the Papergirl global community consists of 40 projects ranging from Europe, America, South Africa, and Australia.

Papergirl was brought to Australia by Vegas Spray ARI.

Papergirl 2013 @ Bird Studios