The Papermill Community of Artists offers affordable studio space, a 50-seat theater, and a gallery in a historic factory building in Kensington, Philadelphia.

“I love the Papermill. It is truly a community of creatives. We all respect each other’s crafts. It’s an oasis of talented individuals. And the view is amazing and inspiring.”
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Rhonda CoopeR, Yarnbomber @marbufs

“I appreciate the 24-hour access to the building and given how many pieces I have, my studio is also a great place to store my work. I also enjoy participating in group shows held in the downstairs gallery space.”
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“The studios are reasonably priced and the artists I work with are great people. I’m inspired by the view of the rustic cityscape and love the building’s high ceilings. It also feels really safe.”

Felix Osiemi, Visual Artist

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“The lighting in my space is great. The area also has access to so many cool things with Fishtown and Old City just a short distance away. There are also a number of other artists here who I enjoy talking about ideas and projects with.”

William Wolf, Visual Artist

Chris Barrow, Musician & Producer @chriscasinoo

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“It is a magical fucking space. A big, deep stage with clean sight lines and a high ceiling. Really comfortable chairs for the audience. Air conditioning and heating. The Papermill Theater is a do it yourself proving ground.”

John Rosenberg Hella Fresh Theater @hellafreshtheater

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“The two years I’ve spent working alongside the friends I’ve made at the Papermill has positively impacted my work. I’ve also helped organize and promote a successful group show and recently had my first acceptance to a juried exhibition.”

Brent Reaney, Portrait Photographer @canbrent

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Barbara Zanelli, Visual Artist

“What I like most about being at the Papermill Studios is the great natural light afforded by 10 foot windows in my studio. I also am very appreciative that Papermill offers affordable space in a neighborhood that is becoming expensive for artists to have separate studio spaces for working. Another thing I like about being here at Papermill is that it has been inspiring me to try new things and experiment.”
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“The Papermill, while not all what it looks like it’s cracked up to be from its exterior, offers a sense of creative freedom inside, and that’s exciting to me. Additionally, I enjoy the diversity among my fellow artists and being able to create using them, and others, as inspiration.”

Lucky Fischer, Creative @misterfischer


Papermill Artist Portraits by Brent Reaney.