Art Connections

Art Connections

Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing support for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and other northern areas. Activities include specialist training programmes, online resources and individual mentoring and advice for professional visual artists.

Key strands of Art Connections CPD work is targeted to provide career development support for young and emerging artists, improve support for the constituency of older artists in North Yorkshire and invest more resources in supporting contemporary rural arts practice and environmental sustainability.

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A new programme designed to support more artists to engage with Slow Art and environmental sustainability. This will encourage both emerging and established artists to explore new ways of working, create opportunities for collaboration and group learning as well as gaining new skills through live project activity and access to a new digital toolkit.

“Great discussion & very interesting talk by Rebecca Chesney. Enjoyed ’round table’ format.”  Artist feedback

More info on this programme is available via the Art Connections website >>

Chrysalis Arts is an Arts Council England sector leader in Environmental Sustainability. Artists based within the Arts Council North region may be eligible to participate in this programme.


Chrysalis Arts has an outstanding track record in supporting the development of artists’ talent in rural areas and in promoting innovation in rural arts practice. Chrysalis has also been involved in exploring and promoting the role of the visual arts within climate change and environmental sustainability for over ten years and is a designated Arts Council England lead organisation in Environmental Sustainability.

We are launching a new, two-year programme for Artists & Makers to support two areas of professional development:
– the development of emerging talent in early career artists
and / or
– the development of new skills and artistic innovation in Rural and Green Arts Practice.

More info on the Bursary & Mentoring opportunity here >>

To register interest in the mentoring and slow art and sustainability opportunities, contact: [email protected] / 01756 748529

A chance to discuss your work with an experienced curator in a private and supportive setting. Each session lasts approximately 45mins. Participants also receive a written summary of the advice given after the session. Places are limited – early booking is advised. Cost: £25 / Concessions £15.*

with Fine Art Curator, Educator and Artist: Martyn Lucas
Malton: 24th May 2018 FULLY BOOKED

BOOKING  Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]

*Concessions apply to emerging artists (under 25) over 60s and artists on low incomes.

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk

“I received excellent support from Art Connections – practical advice, liaison support with the host organisation, arranging mentor support, financial and promotional assistance with the exhibition. I felt confident I had their full support as artist in residence.”

“I found the funding and marketing courses inspiring and both will prove useful.  I intend to make a funding application soon and feel that I know a lot more about the process and requirements necessary.  The courses were not simply informative – the delivery of both was very professional.

Working as an artist is often largely a solitary experience and I feel it is very important to be able to access such courses, fairly regularly if possible, to give one focus and direction.  It’s a way of taking stock and looking to see ways forward.  It’s also a good way of networking.”

“The residency has given me the opportunity to explore new techniques within my work and create pieces that are, for me, more adventurous and of a slightly larger scale. It has really made me question the way in which I make things and the materials I use within a piece. I still have lots of ideas I want to explore in the future as a result of this project.

This has been of enormous benefit to me within my practice. It has given me the time through the grant to allow me to explore new materials and techniques as well as allowing me to explore new ideas within my work.”