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.


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 >>


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This is a two-year programme for Artists & Makers to support two areas of professional development:

– the development of emerging talent in early career artists
and / or
– the development of new skills and artistic innovation in Rural and Green Arts Practice.

This is a major opportunity for artists to develop their practice and professional careers and to create new work in a supportive and collaborative context.

Who it’s for:

To be eligible for the programme, artists must have successfully completed a degree in Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Digital Arts, Environmental Art etc, or obtained a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience within the past three years

OR be embarking on a major shift in their practice to focus on environmental sustainability or working in a rural context.

ROUND 2 is now open for applications – Deadline: 5 November 2018

Click here to download the full brief >>


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. More info on previous and forthcoming sessions below:


Talk by Karen Guthrie

Friday 30 November, 11.15am – 2pm
Cost: £6 inc vegetarian lunch
Booking: contact [email protected]

For the fourth in our series of artists’ talks and discussions on the theme of Greening Arts Practice, we’re delighted to welcome the award-winning artist Karen Guthrie. As well as allowing plenty of time for discussion and information exchange, we are also going to review the programme so far and invite ideas for the content of future sessions.

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

To book a place: email [email protected]


ECOLOGICAL ARTS: a practice for capable futures

Talk by Ecological Artist, Dr David Haley

Friday 6 July, 11.15am – 2pm
The Art Depot, Gargrave
Cost: £6 inc vegetarian lunch

This session will combine a talk by artist David Haley, with a round table discussion, which will continue over lunch. Participants are also invited to book a short slot to give an informal presentation about a relevant project, work or future plans. This is entirely optional.

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.

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


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