Past Programmes


Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing support for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and other northern areas.

North Yorkshire Open Studios, Anna Lambert
Connections North, Katy Spong
Extending Practice / Celebrating Place, Megan Clancy
Inspired by Heritage, Fiona Bowley
Creative North Yorkshire, Vivien Mousdell
Film students, York St John University


Chrysalis Arts ran North Yorkshire Open Studios from 2005 to 2017 and are now supporting North Yorkshire artists to run NYOS as an artist-led event. Plans are taking shape for the first artist-led North Yorkshire Open Studios to happen in 2019 over the first two weekends in June.


Connections North helps artists to access specialist facilities and professional development opportunities not available to them in York and North Yorkshire and to widen their potential markets and audiences both nationally and internationally.

We continue to develop our partnerships with arts organisations in other parts of Europe, particularly in West Sweden. This work has resulted in exhibitions, events and activities which continue to benefit North Yorkshire artists and makers. Our collaborations with organisations in other parts of Europe also bring valuable international perspectives to our professional development work and contribute to the development of our future programmes.


Extending Practice / Celebrating Place took place between 2010 and 2012. It offered commissions to ten North Yorkshire artists, working in different artforms, to produce a piece of work celebrating an aspect of North Yorkshire life, heritage, landscape or culture. There was a programme of sustained mentoring in place for these artists, and this was extended to a further thirteen artists whose work included music, writing and theatre as well as the visual arts and crafts. Overall eleven visual artists took part in the project.  View the Extending Practice / Celebrating Place publication >>


This project offered six contemporary artists from North Yorkshire the opportunity to research and explore a specific aspect of the collections of county-based galleries or heritage sites, in order to experiment and develop a new body of work for exhibition.


Creative North Yorkshire was a website platform and programme for creative professionals living and working in North Yorkshire to showcase, network and collaborate.


Slow Art is a Chrysalis Arts programme using innovative approaches to explore sustainability and visual arts practice.

Slow Art Trail
Slow Art - Cold Bath Road Mystery
Cold Bath Road Mystery
Slow Art Trail, Steve Gumbley: Shadowgraph
Cold Bath Road Mystery, Emmeline & Stag
Slow Art Trail, Laura Ellen Bacon
Geo Art Cache, Hackfall Woods


Public Art Sustainability Assessment or PASA is an initiative by Chrysalis Arts to promote good sustainable practice in public art.

It is available (free) for artists, commissioners and anyone else who may be involved in the development, creation, maintenance and decommissioning of public art.


Chrysalis Arts was awarded a Tour de France cultural commission to deliver a Slow Art project in 2014 as part of the Cultural Festival. Cold Bath Road Slow Art was developed in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways Department.

The project was designed to be viewed on foot via the creation of a trail intended to slow down traffic and encourage visitors to explore an area of the town outside the major shopping streets. Artists’ installation pieces were commissioned and placed in shop windows alongside a promenade performance piece and the entire street was decorated with flags and artworks made in community workshops and via an extensive workshop programme in the local primary school. The project was warmly received and added to Harrogate’s cultural offer during the Festival.


This project was developed in 2008 by Chrysalis Arts and a team of established artists, writers and creative practitioners.

The Slow Art Trail consisted of a series of environmental installations, commissioned from leading public artists, complemented by poetry written by David Morley about the wood and surrounding area.

The project connected with the slow food concept of taking more time to appreciate quality, sourcing materials locally where possible, the use of natural and non-toxic materials and aimed to highlight issues such as re-using and recycling, sustainable transport and responsible travel.


A series of geocache trails created by artists, which take participants on a series of walks and journeys across North Yorkshire. Eight artists were commissioned to create new work to engage with and bring a creative aspect to geocaching. Interacting with the surrounding area, the commissioned artists created a series of geocache trails across North Yorkshire that involved digital media, artist books, art installations and mini residencies.

This project attracted new visitors to North Yorkshire through the creation of innovative contemporary art and appealed to a wide, crossover audience, providing a unique way to explore the cultural and environmental landscape of North Yorkshire.


Chrysalis Arts has used the ‘Training for Real’ model for professional development projects. These were successful in providing artists with a ‘live’ training opportunity, offering the opportunity to work on commissions within a structured training programme. Artists gained experience of the public art process, from selection and development of design proposals to installation of a series of site-specific artworks and in each case a high quality public art product was delivered as the culmination of the project.

Candlefold: A Project for Malham
Woodstock, Kilkenny
DRIFT, Scarborough
Lighten Up
Woodstock Word Wall
Training For Real, Malham Crooks


This was developed as a Training For Real pilot project, offering artists the opportunity of a paid commission whilst being supported by members of Chrysalis Arts through each stage of the commissioning process.

The project was a collaboration with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and was designed to complement other interpretation work being undertaken by the Park, giving the artists the fullest possible experience of working in a ‘live’ situation with input from an experienced commissioner.

The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001 and its devastating impact on the Malham area, where the project took place, provided powerful additional impetus.


A site specific light, film and sound installation project to celebrate the start of the Transformation of Woodend Museum into Woodend Creative Industries Centre, Scarborough.

A Chrysalis Arts Training For Real project in collaboration with Create as part of the Scarborough Festival of Light 2005.


As part of the Biennial Festival’s Education and Access Programme, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in partnership with Liverpool Housing Action Trust invited Chrysalis Arts to develop a ‘live’ public art training project for artists from Merseyside and the North West.

The project enabled six artists to undertake paid placements with Chrysalis Arts, combining a collaborative team approach with mentoring support. The main outcome of this ‘live’ training process was the opportunity the placement artists had to engage with local residents in the creation of temporary public art installations at four Liverpool Housing Action Trust sites.


A Chrysalis Arts public art training project featuring work by six artists from Kilkenny and other parts of South East Ireland.

The project was commissioned by the Arts Service of Kilkenny County Council.