What is the Papercut Arcade?

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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.

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Haven’t Got a Clue

June (Project Jam Month), Live Event: July 17, 2021
Rewrite/remix the rules and format of a beloved whodunnit board game and/or create art inspired by Clue!
Curated and hosted by Lisa Smedman.


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Epic Poetry RPG

Summer (Project Jam TBA), Published: September, 2021
Epic Poetry + RPG Mashup Jam Month
Curated and hosted by Chris Slater


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October 31st, 2021
Halloween-Themed Online Variety Show! Open Call for Submissions Soon!
Co-Curated and Directed by Louise Chow and Kay Slater.


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The Missing Socks

September 23rd, 2022
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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