Greening Arts Practice


Greening Arts Practice is a professional development programme to support artists’ practice and engagement with climate change and related environmental and sustainability issues.

The Greening Arts Practice (GAP) programme involves bursary and mentoring opportunities alongside talks and discussions incorporating a diverse range of approaches to art, ecological and sustainability issues.

The GAP programme is open 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.


GAP sessions 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.

The events are open to all to attend and there is a small fee to cover a vegetarian lunch which is provided.


This is the final GAP session for this spring.

Friday 24 May 


£6 incl. vegetarian lunch

We’ve had some excellent speakers and covered a lot of ground over the previous five sessions and we think that it would be good to follow this with a round table discussion session that explores what we’ve learned and offers you more of an opportunity to discuss your ideas and what we might look to develop in future. David Haley, who gave a very well received presentation at one of the sessions, has agreed to come and help facilitate.

We are hoping that as many artists as possible who have attended the previous sessions will be able to come and take part and it would be very helpful if you could let us know if you can. It would be great if you could be involved!

To book, please fill out and send the form below to [email protected] or contact Kaitlyn on 01756 748529

Booking Form


Talk by Karen Guthrie

November 2018

For the fourth in our series of artists’ talks and discussions on the theme of Greening Arts Practice, we were delighted to welcome the award-winning artist Karen Guthrie.

Karen is a cross-disciplinary artist who was raised on the West coast of Scotland and now lives on a smallholding in the rural Lake District, the headquarters of arts organisation Grizedale Arts. Karen works primarily in public and socially-engaged art and in film-making, also freelancing in a number of capacities (from warden to Head Gardener to web developer) for Grizedale Arts. Recent projects include “House of Ferment” – a pop-up installation and working kitchen commissioned by Science Museum London, and so far presented at Borough Market (London), ArtBoom Festival (Krakow, Poland) and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, where she was artist-in-residence in 2014,  producing work for ‘Soil Culture’, a UK-wide touring exhibition that celebrated the UN Year Of Soil. 

In 2017 she was a National Trust artist-in-residence at Acorn Bank near Penrith, producing garden plant distillations for a sensory installation, ’The Years Of Magical Thinking’.

With long-term collaborator Nina Pope, Karen won the first Northern Art Prize in 2008 for their films and installations. Together they founded their multidisciplinary organisation Somewhere in 2002 and have undertaken commissions for the likes of Tate Modern and Cambridge University alongside making four feature documentary films. In 2014 their work was the subject of a retrospective show at Kettles Yard, Cambridge. Karen’s latest feature film, the autobiographical ‘The Closer We Get’ (2016), was theatrically released in UK cinemas, broadcast on the BBC and has won many awards during a festival run taking in 16 countries.

More about Karen’s work can be seen at


ECOLOGICAL ARTS: a practice for capable futures

Talk by Ecological Artist, Dr David Haley

July 2018

This session combined a talk by artist David Haley, with a round table discussion. Participants were also invited to book a short slot to give an informal presentation about a relevant project, work or future plans.

Dr David Haley PhD Hon FCIWEM makes art with ecology, to inquire and learn. He works internationally with ecosystems and their inhabitants, using images, poetic texts, walking and sculptural installations to question climate change, species extinction, urban development, transdisciplinarity and ‘capable futures’.

David’s talk will include a presentation about VIEWPOINT, his recent project about the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent, the heritage and ecology of Cockermouth and the transformative challenges presented by climate change.


Creative Carbon Scotland: Round Table Discussion and Work Sharing: Friday 18 May

In this session, Gemma Lawrence (culture/SHIFT Producer) and Catriona Patterson (Green Arts Initiative Project Manager) from Creative Carbon Scotland shared a range of examples of different models of commissioning and curating environmentally engaged work from visual art festivals to site specific works, and the cultivation of new collaborations between arts and non-arts partners in Scotland.


“It has really opened my mind to the possibilities of bringing ecology and sustainability into my own practice, especially in partnership with other organisations.” Artist attendee

Creative Carbon Scotland: Bobby Niven, Palm House


Round table discussion with Rebecca Chesney

The first of these events took place on Friday 9 March at The Art Depot, Gargrave. Where we hosted a talk by the artist Rebecca Chesney followed by a discussion and information-sharing session.


“Thanks for setting up the discussion with Rebecca last week. Enjoyed hearing more about her work and approaches to making work in response to environment and climate issues. Thanks again for the inspiration (and a great lunch!)”  Sara Cooper, Artist



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 Jeni McConnell, Sam Pickett and Jessica Elleray. More info here >>


We are happy to announce that our final two artists have been selected for our Bursary and Mentoring Programme. The artists are Anna Whitehouse and Jacqui Symons.  More info here >>