Presented by Chrysalis Arts Development & Outside In

Artists’ talks and discussions on access and barriers.

September 2019

In September we invited the artists exhibiting in our Hard Wired exhibitionto Whitby Museumto tell us more about their work and experiences.  The artists shared their personal journeys and dove into the themes of access and barriers in the art world. Below you’ll find the recordings of the artists’ talks, panel and performance from the day.

Speakers: Drew Fox, Anthony Stevens, Lynn Cox

Panel members including Phil Baird, Lucy Barker, Jenny McCarthy and Ian Sherman

Performance by Emma Louvelle

The Hard Wired exhibition is a partnership between Chrysalis Arts Development and Outside In. There will be time in the day to visit Whitby Library and see the exhibition.

Audiences and artists alike face barriers accessing the art world. Through its Art Unpacked series, Chrysalis Arts Development has championed bringing high-quality art to rural areas and small towns. Through utilising spaces, such as libraries, the exhibition series has made art more accessible to a wider public.

Outside In is an award-winning charity helping artists facing barriers by giving them a platform. They provide artists with development opportunities, exhibitions and training. Working together on Hard Wired, both organisations are striving to break down barriers, and make art more accessible.


North Bridlington Library: 8 June– 13 July

Catterick Library: 20 July– 31 August

Whitby Library: 7 September–2 October

Chorley Library: 12 October–16 November

Hard Wired is an Art Unpacked exhibition in partnership with the award-winning charity Outside In. Outside In works to create a fairer and more inclusive art world. They provide a platform for artists who face barriers to the art world. Barriers like health, disability, isolation or social circumstance.

Hard Wired is about technology and artists’ responses to it: How artists use technology in their artwork, the impact it has on their life, how they understand it and how they are able to access it. The artists’ creativity prompts us to think about our own relationship to technology, reflecting on its impact on all of our lives.

Hard Wired selected artists:

Anthony Stevens

Drew Fox

Emma Louvelle

Gareth Bunting

Ian Sherman

Jack Rothwell

Jenny McCarthy

Lucy Barker

Lynn Cox

Phil Baird