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.

Artist in Residence Opportunity

This opportunity has now closed, we will be contacting all applicants shortly.

Artists’ Brief: Unfolding Origins

Unfolding Origins aims to support the creation of new artworks inspired by North Yorkshire’s archival collections and to develop exciting new ways for the public to engage with this resource. The project is a collaboration between North Yorkshire County Record Office (NYCRO), Chrysalis Arts Development (CAD) and other partners including Selby District Council, Richmondshire District Council and ArtUK.

We wish to commission three established artists to undertake residencies in locations in three districts across North Yorkshire: Selby, Ryedale and Richmondshire, and to produce new work in response to archival material about these locations. Two or more artists working collaboratively may apply for a residency.

Central to this proposal is the opportunity to create a unique body of artistic work which explores how landscape, people and heritage come together to create the special qualities of place, and to stimulate through artistic interpretation and participation, the passing on of skills, knowledge and cultural heritage between different social groups and individuals.

Project Content

The project will take place from October 2019 to December 2020, followed by the touring exhibition in 2021, and will comprise the following:

  • Three artists residencies and production of commissioned work which will subsequently form part of an exhibition taking place as the culmination of the project.
  • An agreed programme of masterclasses, talks and other public engagement work delivered by the three residency artists.
  • A more extensive programme of public engagement including workshops and group activities linked with the residencies, led by local and regional artists. This will particularly facilitate the involvement of elderly, young people and isolated individuals in the project and of both short term and more extended engagement.
  • The project will be designed to have a strong digital presence with a specific strand of digital art developed to encourage wider engagement, particularly of young people, for example through social media platforms and through working with artists with a digital speciality.
  • A publication about the project will be produced for wider distribution, aiming to celebrate the project and provide a platform for sharing the project outcomes, both locally and more widely to our stakeholders, peers and wider audiences.




with Fine Art Curator, Educator, Artist and Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop: Martyn Lucas 

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



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

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 have launched 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.

Our artists for this year’s mentoring programme have already been selected. To learn about these artists and find more information head here.

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

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk

“This is a fantastic opportunity for an artist working alone to be able to discuss work with another professional who has a lot of knowledge and good analytical advice.” Recipient artist

“What I enjoy is Chrysalis Arts helping us to aspire to ART rather than art. The international element is most welcome.” Seminar delegate

“The Finding Your Feet sessions were practical and focused on timely and relevant information – with lots of information compiled for students to access after.” Helen Turner, Director, Fine Art YSJ