Clarissa Widya

Founder and Co-Artistic Director at Papergang Theatre

Tell us about yourself

I am a producer and I run Papergang Theatre to with the aim of improving the representation of British East / South East Asian (BESEA) artists.  Over the years, I have grown into the role as the company and its projects grew: the last two years have been transformative for me on a personal and professional level. I am intrigued to see how the creative industry will adapt to the pandemic aftermath and whether those currently in power will put their money where their mouth has been.

Why do you think it’s important to see artistic response to social and political events?

An artistic response can translate seemingly complex and overwhelming social and political events into engaging pieces that tap into human connection, compelling people to engage. Artistic response is needed to prevent apathy and despair; it allows for building of relationship between the artist and their audience via the medium of their art and for the audience among themselves as they engage with the piece. Art reaches out: it gives humanity a provocation, a connection, and a reason to keep going. 

The Steering Committee

The company directors and panel are involved on an individual capacity, not representing their organisations and on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the panel in future please email Kathryn Bilyard on kathryn@artcry.co.uk with some information about yourself and why you are interested.