What is the Papercut Arcade?

A large banner image of a public, in-person event. The photo shows an artist doing performance work with an audience around a round table.
Image description: photograph of a group of people, wearing grey conical party hats, standing around a round table where a cake is being served.
Credit: 2020 – Inedible Cakes, Performance by Louise Chow. Photo by Kay Slater.

The Papercut Arcade Collective was formed with the intention to run interactive events, workshops and exhibitions. We aim to produce art and games, share and inspire each other through creative challenges, and to create safer spaces to explore creativity and art with like-minded folks.

Our collective strives to be creative group for people of all races, abilities, identities, and levels of education. We wish to respectfully acknowledge that we host events, and play as uninvited guest on the stolen (unceded), ancestral, and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

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Open Call for 2021 Submissions

Join us as we make, discuss, play, create, and share.


Image description: Black and white image of a monument of speared horsemen (left). On the right, text reads – Epic Poetry: A long narrative poem celebrating the great deeds of legendary heroes, in a grand ceremonious style. The hero is usually protected by or event (sic) descended from gods, performs superhuman feats, and engages in huge battles and long-spanning voyages.

Epic Poetry RPG

Fall/Winter (Project Jam TBA), Published: December 26th, 2021
Epic Poetry + RPG Mashup Jam Month
Curated and hosted by Chris Slater


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Image description: Black and White image of a postered wall. The four visible posters are in a horizontal line – left: a grid of people looking in a mirror, mid-left: text that reads, the death of selfies, mid-right: a picture of someone staring back in a mirror, right: text that reads, who are you fooling with these prefabricated self-centered boring images really… be honest be true.

Selfie Series

Prompt list released November 2nd, 2021

Open call for submissions til November 30th.
Screening Event on Discord, December 28th, 7 PM
Co-Curated by Louise Chow and Kay Slater.


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The Missing Socks

February 13th, 2023
An Open-Call Art Show on Inevitability, the Void, Universal Truths, and Domesticity -Curated by Kay Slater

Forthcoming Community Events:

Our collective and membership are involved in a wide range of creative challenges, events, personal projects and shows throughout the year. Check out what we’re up to outside of the Arcade. Updated seasonally.

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