Antalis has donated paper for the printing of the Paper Artist Collective’s 2022 charity calendar, which has been created to raise funds for Art Refuge and was printed by Service Graphics on a Xerox Iridesse toner press.

Art Refuge supports the mental health and well-being of people displaced by conflict, persecution and poverty in the UK and abroad. The 2022 calendar was created in response to the sense of isolation and loss felt by many during the pandemic.

The Paper Artist Collective’s calendar is the first project for which its members have produced work specifically to be photographed and printed, so it was important that the substrate was capable of reproducing the intricacies of the paper art. Sammie Quinn, who helps run the collective, felt it was also important that the calendar had a tactile aspect and commented, ‘The work of the collective’s members can be very delicate, so we wanted a paper that would produce high quality print, whilst having a feel of softness to it.’

Antalis worked with Service Graphics to identify a paper that would meet these criteria, choosing iPrint Digital Uncoated 200gsm, an FSC-certified premium wood-free uncoated stock, which has been awarded the EU Ecolabel and is elemental chlorine-free (ECF). It is four-star rated on Antalis’s Green Star System.

Charlotte Rowe, Antalis Paper Consultant, said, ‘We are thrilled to be supporting the Paper Artist Collective and Art Refuge. It is an honour to donate the paper which will contribute towards making a truly beautiful piece of work to raise money for Art Refuge. iPrint Digital Uncoated provides a high-quality print, whilst maintaining the smoothness required by the collective.’