Marvellous Mechanicals

Come and enjoy a taste of Art Unpacked’s automata 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:

Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, 19 January – 24 March 2018

Truth and Fantasy

Contemporary Artists Drawing – Art Unpacked’s sixth touring exhibition

Truth and Fantasy brings together artists from across the UK who draw in highly skilled and creative ways.

Ranging from pencil on paper to objects and animation, their art reveals a spirit of enquiry and imagination.

Craven Museum and Gallery, Skipton: 2 Feb – 24 Mar

North Bridlington Library: 6 Apr – 2 Jun


More info on Art Unpacked:

Jim Bond, Eye See You
Penny Davenport, Wildebeest ink on paper

Professional Development for Artists & Makers

As part of our Art Connections professional development training, we are launching a new programme of support for visual artists in 2018. This will include:


A new bursary and mentoring programme developed by Chrysalis Arts to offer in depth professional development support to six emerging artists (aged 25 and under) over an initial two-year period. The participants will be supported to access bespoke mentoring support and collaborative learning opportunities whilst simultaneously developing and implementing either:

  • an artist in residence programme of activity
  • a social engagement project


  • creating a new body of work for professional presentation at the end of Year 2 of the programme, including audience engagement activities as part of the process

These opportunities will be facilitated by Chrysalis Arts in collaboration with the participating artists and mentors eg Chrysalis Arts will work with the artist to identify a partner eg arts organisation/venue, gallery, museum, library, local festival or other event which will host the presentation of the work or residency project.

Financial support will be awarded to the artist to cover the cost of research, travel expenses, materials, production, audience engagement expenses etc.

More info here >>



A new professional development programme to support artists’ practice and engagement with climate change and related environmental and sustainability issues.

Chrysalis Arts Development is launching a new programme of talks and discussions incorporating a diverse range of approaches to art, ecological and sustainability issues. The programme should be of interest to artists who are thinking about how they can get involved in these issues as an evolving part of their practice as well as those who are already working in this area. It will involve artists, curators, producers and those who work with them with the aim of offering different perspectives and experiences and overcoming some of the barriers and perceptions that currently restrict creative participation.

Click here for info on Session 1 >>


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.*

*Concessions apply to emerging artists (within first 2 years of your practice) under 25s, over 60s and artists on low incomes.

with Artistic Director, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds: Hayley Walker

The Art Depot, Gargrave: 5th February
No. 46 Cafe, Malton: 11th May

with Fine Art Curator, Educator and Artist: Martyn Lucas

The Art Depot, Gargrave: 22nd February 2018
No. 46 Cafe, Malton: 24th May

BOOKING  Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]


The Art Depot, Gargrave; 1st March 2018
Cost: £25 / £15 concession
A one-day workshop on developing your marketing and promotion skills online.  This session is aimed at artists and makers who are not confident in using digital resources and want to improve how they use online platforms and social media to promote themselves and their work.

We will cover:

  • Tools and resources available to market ourselves online
  • Identifying audiences
  • Online marketing – email, website, social media, online shops
  • Creating an action plan
  • 1:1 Q&A
  • Group feedback & discussion

BOOKING  Contact: 01756 748529 / [email protected]

*Concessions apply to emerging artists (within first 2 years of your practice) under 25s, over 60s and artists on low incomes.

Gemma Burditt: The Art of Milk