Marvellous Mechanicals

Come and enjoy a taste of Art Unpacked’s new exhibition, a celebration of the makers and tinkerers who explore movement in their art. Featuring a range of sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke machines and homemade robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals will engage and inspire all ages.

The exhibition is currently touring to:

Catterick Library, Catterick Garrison, 30 September – 16 December 2017

Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, 19 January – 24 March 2018


More info:

Jim Bond, Eye See You

Rural Contexts Seminar II

Thursday 12 October, 2017 11am – 4.15pm

Victoria Hall, Settle

This is the second in a series of training and development events organised by Chrysalis Arts which will explore how artists working in rural environments or with rural themes are developing new platforms and approaches to visual arts practice. The programme will:

  • Showcase current examples of innovative artistic practice from across the UK
  • Explore how artists are engaging with some of the challenges and issues facing rural communities
  • Offer an international perspective on contemporary rural practice and the benefits of networking, collaboration and co-operation
  • Include opportunities for themed discussion and information sharing

For artists, arts managers, national parks, local authorities, community and environmental officers and others who commission and collaborate with artists.


Dr Rosemary Shirley – Lecturer in Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research centres on everyday life and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on contemporary rural contexts.

Gemma Burditt a moving image artist working primarily with animation techniques.Recent work has included the Art of Milk completed during the Artist in residence programme with Berwick Visual Arts and the Centre for Rural Economy.

Jo Hodges – a public artist based in Scotland with a diverse practice that explores relationships, systems and change. She works across art forms to create context specific installations and interventions of both temporary and permanent nature.

Alison Lloyd – walks alone, for considerable distances, keeping off paths, striding and ‘contouring’ through moorland and mountainous areas. She composes photographs of herself with the paraphernalia of walking; map, compass, rucksack and vacuum flask.

Sara Vogel-Rödin – Culture and Leisure Manager for the municipality of Bengtsfors in the north of West Sweden

Dr David Haley – ecology artist, David, believes our ability to survive Climate Change is the enactment of a complex evolutionary narrative. As the dance of creation and destruction, also, demands new opportunities and meanings for the other side of collapse, his inquiries into the nature of water, whole systems ecology, complexity, and integral critical futures thinking inform his arts practice, academic research, education and community developments.


Cost: £35 Discounted cost for unwaged and emerging artists* £28. Buffet lunch included in the cost.  *within first three years of practice


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To book a place, contact [email protected]  /  01756 748529

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk
Jo Hodges: Twilight
Jo Hodges & Robbie Coleman: Sanctuary Enclosure

1:1 Advice Sessions for Artists

19 Oct, The Art Depot, Gargrave
Cost: £25 / £15 unwaged or emerging artists – within first three years of practice.

As part of the Contemporary Artists in Rural Contexts training and development programme, Chrysalis Arts will be running advice sessions focussed on developing your project idea for a funding application or opportunity such as an exhibition, residency or commission. Areas for advice could include:

  • Defining your project: what do you want to do and how you can describe this clearly to others
  • Defining the outcomes for your project and identifying how you will know whether you have achieved these
  • Identifying who will be involved in your project as participants or audiences and how this will happen
  • Applying for funding: how do you meet funding application criteria
  • First steps to create a project plan
  • Budgeting and applying for Funding

Each session, with one of the Chrysalis Arts team, will last 40 mins and are assigned first come first served. You will be required to send us some information about yourself (CV, link to website), an outline of your project idea and identify any opportunities / funding bodies you are considering prior to the session.

If you are interested in attending, or would like to find out more, contact Art Connections on [email protected]  /  01756 748529