GAP Artists Round 1


Mentoring Programme to support the Development of skills in Green Arts Practice

Chrysalis Arts is pleased to announce that three artists have so far been selected to take part in a new Bursary and Mentoring Programme supporting the development of skills in Green Arts Practice. The artists are Sam Pickett, Jeni McConnell and Jessica Elleray.

       Sam Pickett

       Jeni McConnell

       Jessica Elleray


Sam Pickett is an emerging artist whose practice is rooted in the current duality between culture and nature and the challenges facing us as we adapt to living in the era of the Anthropocene. Her practice has evolved into an environmentally sensitive body of work that includes installations, sculptural work, digital film and interventions.


Jeni McConnell’s intriguing, socially engaged creative practice is driven by 4 key components: people, place, objects and archives, brought to life by the social connections between them.

Led by detailed research, her process-driven methods develop engaging public experiences to reveal the complexities of human interaction through time, in place. Her current work is inspired by an increasing personal concern with the environment and spending time in the small village of Cark on the Cartmel Pensinsula.


Emerging artist Jessica Elleray’s area of interest is narratives that connect people, places and objects. In her practice, the artist becomes archeologist, uncovering untold stories and bringing them to light. Working in her chosen medium of painting and sculpture, she seeks to start a conversation – to invite viewers to own their own experience.

There is still time to apply for a place on the programme, Round 2 is open for application.

The next deadline for applications is Monday 5 November with interviews taking place on Thursday 22 November.

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